The Gustavus women’s hockey team defeated St. Olaf 8-1 in Northfield on Saturday afternoon to maintain its position atop the MIAC with a record of 8-0-0. Andrea Peterson, Molly Doyle and Ingrid Neve each scored twice for the Gusties. Gustavus exploded for four goals in the final 10 minutes of the first period and never looked back in posting the convincing victory. The Gusties have now extended their MIAC win streak to 26 games dating back to November 22, 2003.
Gustavus sophomore Andrea Peterson started the scoring with two unassisted goals one minute apart midway through the first period. Peterson gave the Gusties a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 10:33 and then added an even strength goal at 11:39. Gustavus continued to score in bunches with two more goals less than a minute apart late in the first period. Ingrid Neve scored her first goal of the game at 18:04 to make the score 3-0 and then Dagney Johnson lit the lamp just :53 later to extend the lead to 4-0. Gustavus outshot St. Olaf 11-7 in the first period.
The scoring slowed down in the second period with the Gusties scoring the lone goal of the session. Tanna Tuomie gave Gustavus a 5-0 lead when she found the net at 18:23. The assist was credited to Brittany Northagen. Gustavus outshot St. Olaf 9-4 in the period.
St. Olaf would strike first in the third period with a goal by Lindsay Boeser at the 8:45 mark, however that would turn out to be the only score of the game for the Oles. Gustavus struck back quickly as Ingrid Neve scored her second goal of the game just :12 seconds later to make the score 6-1. Molly Doyle scored the final two goals for the Gusties. She made the score 7-1 with a goal at 10:44 and then finished off the scoring with a goal at 18:10. The Gusties held a slim 12-11 edge in shots in the final period and ended up with a 32-22 edge in shots for the game.
Kara Meyer made 21 saves and picked up the win in the nets for Gustavus. Andrea Smith recorded 24 saves and suffered the loss for St. Olaf.
Gustavus is now 11-1-1 overall and 8-0-0 in the MIAC. St. Olaf is now 6-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the MIAC. Gustavus will face Saint Mary’s next weekend, while the Oles will battle Bethel.