The Gustavus women’s hockey team scored five goals in the third period Saturday to beat Hamline 8-1 on Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter. With the win, the Gusties completed the season sweep over Hamline after beating the Pipers 3-1 Thursday evening. Gustavus was led by sophomore Stefanie Ubl (Blaine, Minn.) and junior Kelly Crandall (Plymouth, Minn.) who each tallied three points.
The Gusties started the scoring at the 11:34 mark of the first period on a goal by sophomore Molly Doyle (Eagan, Minn.). Ubl was credited with the assist. Just seconds later, Gustavus’ Mari Gunderson (Fy., Shoreview, Minn.) nearly launched in another Gustie goal but was denied by the post. First-year Jenny Pusch (Minneapolis, Minn.) put in Gustavus’ second goal with 2:48 remaining in the first period. Crandall and sophomore Margaret Dorer (St. Paul, Minn.) contributed with assists. The Gusties outshot Hamline 17-1 in the opening period, leading 2-0 heading into the first intermission.
Hamline nearly got on the scoreboard in the second period on a breakaway, but first-year netminder Amanda Rosequist (Edina, Minn.) denied the shot. However, the Pipers would spoil the shutout bid at the 4:43 mark of the second period. Sara Mickelson put a shot past Rosequist off a pass from teammate Emily Dusold to pull the Pipers within a goal at 2-1.
Gustavus reclaimed a two-goal advantage at the 13:27 mark of the period when Ubl put a slapshot past Piper goaltender Crystal Testolin. The Gusties again held a large disparity in shots, outshooting the Pipers 17-5 in the second period to lead 3-1 at the intermission.
Gustavus scored early and often in the final period, outshooting the Pipers 24-3 in the period. First-year Jessica Doig (New Prague, Minn.) scored at the 4:26 mark of the final period to give the Gusties a 4-1 advantage. First-year Sarah Heinbigner (Stillwater, Minn.) and junior Andrea Peterson (White Bear Lake, Minn.) were credited with assists on the play. Ubl added her second goal of the afternoon four-and-a-half minutes later, giving Gustavus a four-goal cushion at 5-1. The Gusties would notch three more goals in an 80-second window later in the period as Doig (12:12), Gunderson (12:38), and Crandall (13:32) all found the net for Gustavus en route to the 8-1 win.
Ubl led the Gusties with two goals and one assist, while Doig added two goals. Crandall contributed one goal and two assists, while Peterson chipped in three assists. Rosequist got the win between the pipes for the Gusties to raise her season record to 3-0-0 overall while making nine saves. The Gusties outshot the Pipers 58-9 in the game.
Testolin took the loss for the Pipers in net allowing seven goals while making 40 saves. Rachael Young played the final 7:22 and allowed one goal while stopping 10 shots.
With three assists Saturday, Peterson moved into fourth place all-time in points (116) and assists (61). Crandall’s two assists in the Hamline victory launched her into a tenth-place tie on the Gustavus career assists list with 41.
Gustavus, which is currently ranked third nationally in the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll, has a 16-game home unbeaten streak (15-0-1). The Gusties’ last home defeat came on March 13, 2004 against UW-Stevens Point in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Pointers outlasted the Gusties 3-2 in double overtime.
The Gusties improve to 8-1-0 overall and a perfect 6-0-0 in the MIAC, while Hamline drops to 2-6-3 overall and 1-4-1 in league play. Gustavus will play sixth-ranked UW-Stevens Point Tuesday at home to close out the 2005 portion of the schedule.