St. Mary's jumped out to a two-goal lead early in Friday's contest with an even-handed goal and a power play tally, taking a two-goal lead to the first intermission. The Oles responded with two power play goals, one from Jessica Magnuson '09 and another from Susannah Brokl '07, to even the score at two at the second intermission. However, the Oles were unable to carry their offensive momentum into the third period, stifled by a stingy Cardinal defense. St. Mary's added a power play goal late in the third period to take a one-goal lead they would not relinquish.
St. Olaf turned the tables on the Cardinals Saturady night when Lindsay Boeser '08 drew first blood. Kayla Hill '10 added a goal of her own to give the Oles a two goal advantage at the first intermission. Magnuson added a power play goal in the second to give the Oles a three-goal lead, with Brokl and Tessa Christensen '09 adding power play goals in the third period to make it 5-0. After five unanswered goals, St. Mary's managed to avoid a shutout by scoring with one second remaining in the third, but it was far too little, far too late.
Currently locked in a tie with Hamline for third place in the MIAC, the Oles need to win their upcoming games to earn another playoff berth. If St. Olaf can secure third place in the MIAC or better, they will get a much-coveted first-round MIAC playoff bye. With the bye, the Oles would only need to play two games to win the conference title, as opposed to the three games played by the fourth and fifth place teams. With a playoff berth still in question and a first-round bye still possible, the final four games of the season take on a heightened significance for the Oles.
The Oles take on St. Catherine's in Northfield this Friday and in Minneapolis on Saturday. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. both nights.