The Gustavus women’s hockey team defeated Bethel by a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Don Roberts Ice Arena. Junior Andrea Peterson led Gustavus with a goal and two assists. Four other players scored goals for Gustavus, while the Gusties out shot Bethel 47-17. Gustavus improves to 10-1-1 overall and 8-0-0 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Royals fall to 2-8-1 overall and 2-6-0 in the MIAC.
Kelly Crandall gave the Gusties a 1-0 lead when she scored her sixth goal of the season on a power play with nearly two minutes into the game, while Abby Randall and Peterson were credited with assists. Bethel got on the scoreboard when Anna Baumgarten scored with 4:32 left to play in the first period. The Gusties had a 12-7 edge in shots, while at the end of the first the score was tied 1-1.
Gustavus took a 2-1 lead in the second period when Molly Doyle scored a power play goal at the 10:53 mark. Randall was credited with her second assist of the game. A minute later Stefanie Ubl scored Gustavus’ third power play goal of the game for a 3-1 lead. Assisting on Ubl’s goal were Crandall and Peterson. Gustavus continued its second period scoring when Laura Vannelli notched an unassisted goal with 1:23 to play. The Gusties’ lead was 4-1 at the end of the period, while holding the Royals to three shots.
Bethel fought back and scored at the 5:45 mark of the third period when freshman Sandra Felten scored a power play goal to cut the Gustie lead to two at 4-2. Assisting on the play was Amie Lorence. Gustavus tallied the final goal with 22 seconds left to play when Peterson put the puck past Bethel’s Beth Spurrier to give the Gusties a 5-2 lead. Gustavus had 22 shots on net in the third, while Bethel had six.
Gustavus goalie Amanda Rosequist stopped 15 shots to get the win for the Gusties. Royals’ goalie Beth Spurrier turned away 42 shots in the loss.
Gustavus scored three power play goals on six chances, while Bethel went one for two on the power play.
Peterson passed Noelle Skalko for second place all-time with her 56th career goal. Peterson also passed Sarah Moe with her 64th and 65th career assists for third place on the all-time assists list.
Gustavus and Saint Mary’s face-off on Friday, January 20, at Winona, Minn., and then on Saturday, January 21 at St. Peter, Minn.