The second-ranked Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team avenged its only loss of the season Tuesday, downing sixth-ranked UW-Stevens Point 4-2 at Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter. Melissa Mackley (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) scored a goal and two assists, while Andrea Peterson (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) added three assists for the Gusties (11-1-0) who will face St. Olaf in a MIAC weekend series Friday and Saturday.
Jenna Johnson (Fy., Shoreview, Minn.) gave the Gusties a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 7:09 mark of the first period off assists from Peterson and Mackley, who crashed hard into the boards at the opposite end of the ice on the play. Mackley extended the Gustavus lead to 2-0 with a goal just 18 seconds into the second period with assists credited to Peterson and Margaret Dorer (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.).
Mari Gunderson (So., Shoreview, Minn.) made the score 3-0 with her fifth goal of the season at the 4:46 mark of the second, scoring on a 4-on-4 even-strength play off an assist from Stefanie Ubl (Jr., Blaine, Minn.). Molly Doyle (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) finished off the period with power-play goal with 5:49 to play in the period to give Gustavus a 4-0 lead heading into the locker room for the second intermission. Peterson and Mackley each picked up an assist on the goal.
Pointer forward Katy Lankey spoiled Sarah Windhorst’s bid for a shutout with an unassisted goal with 7:40 to play. Michelle Sosnowski added another UW-Stevens Point goal with 2:39 to play to cut the Gustavus advantage to 4-2. It was Sosnowski’s seventh goal of the season and her second against the Gusties this season.
Gustavus outshot UW-Stevens Point 39-20 overall, but the Pointers picked up the intensity in the third period, taking a 13-6 advantage in shots during the period. The Gusties were 1-of-7 on the power play, while the Pointers were only able to manage one shot-on-goal in five opportunities with the extra skater.
Sarah Windhorst (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn.) made 18 saves for Gustavus to move her record to 6-0-0. Amy Statz took the loss for the Pointers, falling to 8-3-1 overall, making 25 saves but allowing four goals. Statz was lifted after Doyle’s goal in favor of d’Andra Phillips, who made 10 saves in nearly 26 minutes of play.
With her second-period goal, Molly Doyle tied current teammate Kelly Crandall for 11th place on the Gustavus career goals list with 43, as well as a tie for 11th place on the Gustavus career points list with Ann Katz (2001-04) with 85.
With three assists Tuesday, Andrea Peterson moved into a tie for fourth place on the NCAA’s Division III career assists chart with Jaclyn O’Neil (Elmira, 2003-06) at 91 career helpers. Peterson needs only nine assists to become just the fourth Division III player in the NCAA era (since the 2001-02 season) to record 100 assists.
Gustavus (11-1 overall, 6-0 MIAC) will face St. Olaf (7-4-1 overall, 6-1-1 MIAC) in a weekend series. Games on both nights will begin at 5 p.m.