The Gustavus women’s hockey team extended its winning streak to six games with a 6-0 victory over Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon at Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter. The Gustie special team units played well for the second consecutive game as the squad converted three out of seven power play opportunities. Gustavus improves its record to 6-1-0 overall and remains undefeated in MIAC play. Saint Mary’s dropped to 1-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the league.
Jenna Johnson (So., Shoreview, Minn.) put the Gusties on the board halfway through the first period on a pass from Kristin Meyers (Fy., Fridley, Minn.). Gustavus scored its first power play goal of the game less than three minutes later. Alyssa Saunders (So., Wayzata, Minn.) shot from the center of the blue line for the goal as the deflected puck found the bottom right corner of the net sending the Gusties into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Midway through the second period Saint Mary’s appeared to gain momentum as Gustavus was called for three penalties in a four-minute span. However, the Gustie penalty kill unit came up big, as the Cardinals were unable to convert on two different occasions with a one-man advantage and a two-man advantage. Gustavus, on the other hand, recorded its second power play goal when Lynn Hillen (So., Minnetonka, Minn.) found the back of the net at the 17:46 mark of the second period.
Hillen decided one goal was not enough and scored 1:45 into the third period for her third goal of the season on a pass from Melissa Kravich (Fy., Wilmette, Ill.) and Jessie Doig (Jr., New Prague, Minn.). Gustavus scored two more goals before the game concluded as Allie Harwood (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) posted her fourth goal of the season and Mari Gunderson (Jr., Shoreview, Minn.) picked up her league-leading sixth goal of the season.
Gustavus goaltender Breanna Scavo (So., Blaine, Minn.) picked up the win with five saves during two periods between the pipes. Niki Laferriere (So., Lyndonville, Ver.) made three saves in her debut appearance for the Gusties. Saint Mary’s goaltender Brittany Lemke suffered the loss making 28 saves while allowing six goals.
The Gusties will begin a weekend MIAC series on Friday night at 5:00 pm against MIAC rival St. Olaf.