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ISSUE 121 VOL 10 PUBLISHED 12/7/2007

Hockey shutout, then shut-in as Saturday's game postponed

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, December 7, 2007

The St. Olaf women's hockey team played only half of its home-and-home series with St. Benedict's over the weekend. After an idle week, the women traveled Friday to St. Cloud where they were shut out 3-0 by the Blazers.

A hot St. Benedict's goaltender and a poor St. Olaf special teams performance played critical roles in the game. The Blazers' first-year goaltender, Abbie Helminen, stopped all 38 St. Olaf shots, including three St. Olaf breakaways. The Oles' power play went 0-6 on the night, while their penalty kill gave up two power play goals on three opportunities.

However, the women fought hard in the third period, attempting to come back from a two goal deficit. Late in the third period, a St. Benedict player took an interference penalty. The Oles pulled goalie Erin McNamara '11 for the six on four advantage on the ice. However, the Oles' power play was stymied by the Blazers' penalty kill. St. Benedict's converted on the St. Olaf empty net and sealed the game 3-0.

Tessa Christiansen '09 fired a team-high 11 shots in the game, but could not eventually solve the Blazers' net minder. Janae Fabini '08 mustered four of her six shots in the third period. As a team, St. Olaf out shot St. Benedict's 14-5 in the final 20 minutes of regulation.

Katie Bennett '08 challenged the Blazers' goalie with five shots of her own in the game. Anna Messerly '09 and Taylor David '10 each launched four shots apiece from the blue line.

At the other end of the rink, McNamara made 19 saves in the game for St. Olaf.

Friday's results locked the two schools at fourth the MIAC standings with identical 2-1 records, 2-3 overall.

Saturday's game was postponed due to the winter snowstorm, and no make-up date has been announced. The next scheduled game for the Oles comes this weekend when they face Gustavus. Friday's game is at Gustavus while the Oles will host Saturday's matchup. Both games begin at 5 p.m., assuming that the winter weather cooperates.

Gustavus is currently undefeated in conference play at 4-0 and is 6-1 overall on the season. The Gustavus series is the last before the women take a month-long break through the rest of December and into January.

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