The Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team got eight goals from seven different players Friday en route to a 8-0 win over MIAC rival St. Thomas in Mendota Heights. Molly Doyle (Jr., Eagan, Minn./Eagan) scored two goals and an assist to lead the Gusties. Kelly Crandall (Sr., Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) and Stefanie Ubl (Jr., Blaine, Minn./Blaine) each scored a goal and two assists, while Andrea Peterson (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake) added three assists.
Crandall put the Gusties on the board just 63 seconds into the game with a power play goal off assists from Ubl and Peterson. Melissa Mackley (FY, Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville) gave Gustavus a two-goal advantage just 2:37 later, again off an assist from Peterson.
The Gusties scored twice in the second period with goals off the sticks of Doyle and Laura Vannelli (Jr., Eagan, Minn./Eagan) and then added four more in the third as Mari Gunderson (So., Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View), Ubl, Doyle, and Danny Blacker (Jr., Chisholm, Minn./Chisholm) each lit the lamp. Both of Doyle’s goals were scored on the power play, as was Blacker’s.
Sarah Windhorst (FY, Eden Prairie, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) stopped all 22 shots she faced for the Gusties, who ran their unbeaten streak against MIAC teams (regular season and playoff) to 33 games (32-0-1).
The Gusties finished 4-of-8 on power-play chances and were able to kill off each of their three penalties.
Katie Jetland stopped 15 of 19 shots in 28:00 in net for the Tommies. Freshman Lauren Bradel made 22 saves in the final 32:00.
Gustavus improves to 17-1-0 on the season, 11-0-0 in the MIAC. St. Thomas falls to 10-7 overall, 8-3 in the MIAC. Gustavus’ current 17-game winning streak is, by far, the best in team history. The previous team record for consecutive wins was 10 games, done twice during the 2003-04 season. The current stretch also serves as the longest unbeaten streak in team history, bettering by two games the record of 15 (14-0-1) set just last season. The winning streak is also currently the longest among all divisions of NCAA hockey (men or women) and is tied for the second longest unbeaten streak. The Manhattanville College men are currently riding a 19-game unbeaten streak (16-0-3).
With two goals against the Tommies, Molly Doyle moved into seventh place on the Gustavus career goals chart with 50, passing both Carrie Stefaniak (49 goals; 1998-2000) and Nicole Guimond (1999-2003). Kelly Crandall moved into sole possession of 11th place with 45 career goals, breaking a tie with Nikki Norton (1998-2001). Crandall also extended her own school record for career power-play goals with 21, which ranks third all-time in NCAA Division III behind Elizabeth Gibson (Plattsburgh State; 2002-05) and Erin Kegley (UW-Superior; 2004-present), who each have 27.
Doyle also took sole possession of 11th place on the career assists list with 45, one behind older sister Ellen (2000-04), and leap-frogged teammate Margaret Dorer into fourth place on the career power-play goals list with 14.
With three assists, Andrea Peterson improved her career point total to 173, moving past Middlebury’s Emily Quizon (64g-107a–171pts.; 2003-06) for fourth place all-time in NCAA Division III. She trails Manhattanville’s Cherie Stewart (101g-76a–177pts.; 2002-05) by four points. Peterson also inched closer to the 100 career assist mark with 99. Her next assist will make her just the fourth NCAA Division III player to reach the milestone.
With Friday’s win, the Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey program moved within reach of a couple of milestones. A win over the Tommies on Saturday would be the 200th victory in the program’s ten year history, as well as its 125th win in MIAC play, which dates back to the 1998-99 season. Through Friday’s game, the program is 199-65-12 overall and 124-14-5. No other West Region team has reached the 200 victory plateau and no other MIAC program has 100 league wins, although Gustavus could be joined in the latter category if St. Thomas can pull out a victory in St. Peter Saturday. The Tommies currently have an all-time MIAC record of 99-34-10, with 11 losses of those losses coming at the hands of the Gusties.
The teams finish the weekend series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter.