The Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team defeated St. Kate’s 7-1 on Saturday afternoon at Don Roberts Rink in St. Peter, Minn. The Gusties improve to 14-2-0 in the MIAC and 18-5-0 overall, while the Wildcats fall to 6-10-0 in the MIAC and 6-15-1 overall.
The Gusties were unable to find the net on 18 shots and the teams went into the first intermission tied at 0-0. Andrea Peterson lit the lamp at 2:47 of the second period to give the Gusties a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats tied the game at 14:56 of the second period with a goal by Michelle Bazzanella. Kendra Graper, St. Kate’s goaltender, kept the Wildcats in the contest turning away 35 shots in the first two periods.
Gustavus would regain its form from Friday night and scored six goals in the third period. Katie Deschneau would hit what would prove to be the game winner for Gustavus just one-minute into the third period. Josefin Pettersson and Jess Brandanger recorded the assist on Deschneau’s goal. Deschneau got her second goal of the afternoon at 2:45 of the third period. Josefin Pettersson recorded her second assist of the game on the third goal of the game. Ellen Doyle got her fourth goal of the year and fourth goal of the game at 4:44 of the third period.
Josefin Pettersson claimed her third point of the game scoring off a Ingrid Neve pass at 13:07 of the third period to give the Gusties a 5-1 lead. Ingrid Neve would get her nineteenth goal of the year at 13:58 of the third period. Laura Stypulkowski recorded her twenty-first assist of the season on Neve’s goal. Neve would get her third point of the afternoon assisting on the final Gustie goal by Ann Katz at 17:12 of the third period.
The Gusties have claimed their fifth consecutive appearance in the MIAC playoffs. Gustavus will be the #2 seed and will have home ice for the first round of the playoffs. The Gusties will close out the regular season next weekend with a series against St. Ben’s.