The Gustavus women’s hockey team defeated St. Mary’s 10-0 at Don Roberts Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Gusties were led by freshman Mari Gunderson (Shoreview, Minn.) who had her second career hat trick. Gustavus extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games. The Gusties improve to 12-1-1 overall and 10-0-0 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. St. Mary’s falls to 3-10-2 overall and 2-6-2 in the MIAC.
Gunderson got the game-winning goal at the 13:29 mark of the first period. Assisting was Margaret Dorer (So., St. Paul, Minn.) and Kelly Crandall (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.). Gustavus made it 2-0 14 seconds later when Jenny Pusch (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn.) scored on a pass from Sarah Heinbigner (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.). Crandall increased the lead to 3-0 when at the 15:57 mark she scored on an assist from Liz Haakenson (Fr., Moorhead, Minn.). With nearly two minutes left in the first period Molly Doyle (So., Eagan, Minn.)gave Gustavus a 4-0 lead. Assists were credited to Ingrid Neve (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) and Jessica Doig (Fr., New Prague, Minn.). The Gusties outshot St. Mary’s 23-2 in the first period.
In the second, Pusch scored a power play goal at the 4:01 mark to give Gustavus a 5-0 lead. Assisting on the goal was Doyle and Doig. A minute and a half later the Gusties kept the pressure on when Andrea Peterson (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) stole the puck away in the St. Mary’s defensive zone and scored on Nikki Jung’s right side. At the 13:45 mark, Gunderson notched her second goal of the day and Gustavus led 6-0. Assisting on the play was Danielle Blacker (So., Chisholm, Minn.) and Brigitte Bartholdi (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.). The Gusties scored their eighth goal 17 seconds later on a goal by Doyle and assists by Haakenson and Crandall. Gunderson completed her hat trick with two minutes left in the second period to give Gustavus a 9-0 lead.
Abby Randall (Sr., Tonka Bay, Minn.) finished out the scoring on a power play goal at the 10:38 mark of the third period to give the Gusties a 10-0 lead. Assisting on the play was Doyle. Gustavus outshot the Cardinals 57-15 in the game.
Kitty Hurley (Jr., Minnetonka, Minn.) started the game between the pipes for Gustavus and recorded the win. Hurley turned away seven shots for the Gusties. Danielle Koopman (So., Brewster, Minn.) played the third period in goal for Gustavus, stopping eight shots. Jung was in net for the first two periods and recorded 31 saves while taking the loss for St. Mary’s. Amanda Gage started the third period and made 16 saves for the Cardinals.
Gustavus was two for five on power play chances in the game and improves to 33.3 percent, which leads the nation. St. Mary’s was blanked on its lone power play opportunity.
Next weekend, the Gusties will play St. Olaf. The teams will play in St. Peter on Friday, January 27, and in Northfield on Saturday, January 28.