UW-Stevens Point scored three goals in the game’s first seven minutes and added two others in the second period to hand the Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team a 5-4 loss Saturday afternoon at Stevens Point, Wis. Margaret Dorer scored two goals and an assist to lead Gustavus. It was the season opener for the Gusties who will host UW-Superior on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
UW-Stevens Point opened the scoring early as Jessie Suter scored just 4:34 into the game off assists from Sarah Phillips and Katy Lankey. UWSP’s Nichole Grossman extended the lead to 2-0 just 32 seconds later on a goal assisted by Phillips and Michelle Sosnowski. For Grossman, it was already her fifth goal of the season. Jamie Lewandowski capped off the Pointer scoring streak at the 6:25 mark with her first goal of the season, a power-play goal with assists credited to Chris Hanson and Jessie Suter.
Kelly Crandall (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.) got the Gusties on the board with 5:56 to play in the period with a power play goal, taking a pass from Jenny Pusch (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) and putting it past Pointer goalie Amy Statz. Andrea Peterson (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) added another power play toal less than four minutes later to draw the Gusties within a goal at 3-2. Jessie Doig (So., New Prague, Minn.) and Margaret Dorer (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) were credited with assists on the goal.
Sosnowski and Nicole Greenway netted even-strength goals within three minutes of each other in the middle of the second period to extend the UW-Stevens Point lead to 5-2. Dorer cut the Pointer advantage to 5-3 with a power play goal inside the final minute of the second period and then netted her second of the night in a four-on-four situation just 1:36 into the final period with an assist credited to Andrea Peterson. That would be as close as the Gusties would be able to get, though, as Statz made 29 of her 35 saves in the final two periods.
Amanda Rosequist (So., Edina, Minn.) collected 37 saves, but Kitty Hurley (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) took the loss for the Gusties to fall to 0-1-0.
Crandall’s first period goal gave her 100 career points, making her the seventh in school history and just the 21st player in MIAC women’s hockey history to reach the 100-point plateau for a career. With her assist on Dorer’s second goal, Peterson moved into a tie with Laura Stypulkowski for first place on the Gustavus all-time assists list with 82.
It was the season opener for the Gusties who will host UW-Superior on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The Gusties are ranked third in the most recent USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll, while the Yellowjackets are ranked fifth.