Senior Kelly Crandall (Plymouth, Minn.) scored a pair of goals and an assist Saturday to complete a six-point weekend and lead the Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Saint Mary’s in Winona.
Crandall put the Gusties on the board early, netting her first goal just 1:07 into the game off an assist from Andrea Peterson (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.). Crandall found herself on the assist end of Gustavus’ next goal, scored just 2:05 later as Stefanie Ubl (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) netted her fourth goal of the season by sticking a shot past Saint Mary’s goalie Nikki Jung. Jessica Doig (So., New Prague, Minn.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Cardinals got one of the goals back later in the period as Laura Mueller took a pass from Val Rodriguez and beat Gustie netminder Kitty Hurley (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) for a power-play goal at the 14:40 mark of the first period.
A Saint Mary’s interference penalty inside the final minute of the first period set the Gusties up with a power-play opportunity to start the second period. Peterson wasted little time in finding the back of the net, scoring her fourth goal of the season at the 0:13 mark. A power-play goal by Jenny Pusch (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) four minutes later pushed the Gustavus lead to 4-1. Margaret Dorer (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) was credited with an assist on the goal.
Crandall notched her second goal of the night midway through the third period off assists from Liz Haakenson (So., Moorhead, Minn.) and Laura Hillman (Fy., Albert Lea, Minn.). The power-play goal was Crandall’s 20th in her career, extending her own school record.
Kitty Hurley (3-1-0) picked up the win, making 14 saves in two periods of play. Sarah Windhorst (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn.) made six saves in relief during the third period. Nikki Jung (2-4-1) was tested throughout the night by 47 Gustavus shots and came out with 42 saves.
The Gusties finished 3-of-8 on the power play, while the Cardinals found the net on one of their eight opportunities with the extra skater.
Crandall and Dorer made moves up Gustavus career assists chart this weekend, with Crandall (65 career assists) moving past Sarah Moe (64) for fourth place all-time and Dorer (46) moving into a tie with Ellen Doyle for tenth. Crandall needs two assists to tie Noelle Skalko (67) for third place, while next on the list for Dorer is current Gustavus assistant coach Abby Randall with 52.
With five goals over the weekend, Crandall also jumped a number of spaces on Gustavus’ career goals list. She now sits 11th with 43 career goals, one behind Nikki Norton.
The Gusties (#3 USCHO.com) take a 7-1-0 overall record into a top-ten showdown with 6-1-3 UW-River Falls (#10 USCHO.com) Wednesday night in St. Peter.