Winona, Minn. - For the second time in as many days, the Gustavus women’s hockey team found itself tied at the end of the first period against Saint Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. What followed was an offensive explosion that saw the Gusties score six goals in the final two periods. The Gustie women scored three goals in both the second and third frames while allowing the Cardinals to score only once to record the 6-1 victory. With the win, Gustavus improves to 20-0-1 (14-0-0 MIAC) while Saint Mary’s falls to 6-12-1 (4-9-1 MIAC).
After a scoreless first period in which the Gusties outshot the Cardinals 16-5, Brianna Seebold (Fy., Detroit Lakes, Minn.) cracked the code to Saint Mary’s goalie Sarah Gustafson with a goal just over one minute into the second period. Seebold’s goal put an end to a 10-game goal-scoring drought for the first-year forward. Prior to this afternoon, Seebold had not scored a goal since Dec. 14th. She was assisted by Allison Eder-Zdechlik (Fy., Stillwater, Minn.) and Kelsey Kennedy (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) on the play.
Gustavus struck again 3:34 later to take a 2-0 lead early in the second period. This time, it was Eder-Zdechlik’s turn to hang a number on the scoreboard with her seventh goal of the season thanks to assists from Marissa Brandt (So., Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Lindsey Hjelm (Sr., North Oaks, Minn.). Two minutes later, Eder-Zdechlik scored once more to tally her third point of the afternoon and extended the Gustavus lead to 3-0. She was assisted by Brandt and Kayla Ingbretson (Sr., Mound, Minn.).
The Cardinals were able to get in the scoring act midway through the second period. Macki Fadness scored her second goal of the weekend at the 11:08 mark to cut the lead to two goals with a score of 3-1, which is where it would stay heading into the second intermission.
Following the break, the Gusties went on to score three unanswered goals in the final period. Meagan Wanecke (Sr., Delafield, Wis.) got things started with her ninth goal of the season at the 7:17 mark to put Gustavus in front by a score of 4-1. She was assisted by Lindsey Hjelm and and Amanda Cartony (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.).
Wanecke then returned the favor when she assisted on a goal for Hjelm just more than two minutes later to push the lead to 5-1. Hjelm scored another goal at the 18:44 mark to post a score of 6-1. Melissa Doyle (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) assisted on Hjelm’s second goal of the game. For Doyle, it was the third consecutive game to register a point. She has now scored at least a point in six of the last eight games. Neither team would score for the final 1:16 as they skated to a 6-1 final score.
Lindsey Hibbard (Fy., Princeton, Minn.) got the win in net for the Gusties. The first-year goalie tallied 10 saves while giving up one goal on the way to recording her 10th win of the season.
With her four-point performance this afternoon, Lindsey Hjelm becomes just the 11th player in Gustavus women’s hockey history to score 100 points in her career. The senior captain has now scored 44 goals to go along with 57 assists for a total of 101 points in her tenure wearing a Gustavus sweater.
The Gusties will be back in action Friday, Feb. 15th when they travel to Northfield, Minn. for a 7:00 p.m. opening face-off with St. Olaf.