Jenny Pusch (So., Minneapolis, Minn./Holy Angels) netted four goals, including three on the power play, as the Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Bethel University 8-0 Saturday afternoon at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine. Molly Doyle (Jr., Eagan, Minn./Eagan) scored a pair of goals for the second night in a row for the Gusties (15-1-0, 10-0-0 MIAC), who will face No. 4 UW-Superior Tuesday night in Superior, Wis.
The Gusties scored four times in the final 6:05 of the first period behind two goals by Doyle and one each by Pusch and Andrea Peterson (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake). Pusch got Gustavus on the board with a power-play goal at the 13:55 mark of the first period off an assist from Kelly Crandall (Sr., Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong). Crandall assisted on the next Gustie goal as well, as Doyle extended the Gustavus lead to 2-0 just 39 seconds later. Liz Haakenson (So., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead) was also credited with an assist on the play. Doyle notched her second goal of the period at the 16:18 mark when she scored off an assist from Stefanie Ubl (Jr., Blaine, Minn./Blaine). Peterson made the score 4-0 with a short-handed goal 47 seconds later.
Pusch made the lead 5-0 with a goal at the 3:22 mark of the second period and Margaret Dorer (Jr., St. Paul, Minn./St. Anthony) pushed the lead to six with a goal at the 17:46 mark. Mari Gunderson (So., Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View) and Jessie Doig (So., New Prague, Minn./New Prague) were credited with assists on Pusch’s goal, while Crandall and Doyle notched helpers on Dorer’s goal.
Pusch completed the hat trick with a power-play goal at the 9:30 mark of the third period off assists from Melissa Mackley (Fy., Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville) and Dorer, and then notched her fourth of the game at the 13:54 mark off an assist from Alyssa Saunders (Fy., Wayzata, Minn./The Blake School) to complete the scoring.
Breanna Scavo (Fy., Blaine, Minn./North St. Paul) made four saves over the first two periods to get her second career win in net for Gustavus. Sarah Windhorst (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) and Amanda Rosequist (So., Edina, Minn./Breck) each played ten minutes in the third period, making one and two saves, respectively. Beth Spurrier faced a barrage of shots for the second night in a row, making 46 saves on Saturday to go with 54 on Friday night.
Gustavus outshot Bethel 54-7 and finished 4-of-8 in power-play opportunities. The Royals were 0-for-5 with one shot on goal in their opportunities with the extra skater.
Movin’ On Up – A number of Gustavus players made moves up the ranks of a number of career statistical categories during Saturday’s game.
Molly Doyle passed Nicole Guimond (90 points; 1999-2003) for eighth on the career points list with 91, passed Ingrid Neve (46 goals; 2003-06) for ninth on the career goals list with 47, and moved into a tie with Annie Katz (44 assists; 2001-04) and Anne Marie Giefer (44 assists; 1997-2000) for 11th on the career assists list.
Kelly Crandall moved past Michelle Zaske (113 points; 1997-2001) for fifth on the career points list.
Margaret Dorer moved past current Gustavus assistant coach Abby Randall (73 points; 2002-06) and into a tie with Kenzie Stensland (75 points; 1999-2002) for 15th on the career points list and moved into a tie with Randall for eighth place on the career assists list with 52. Dorer also scored her 13th career power-play goal, fourth in school history behind Kelly Crandall (20), Andrea Peterson (19), and Sarah Moe (15).
Jenny Pusch moved into eighth place on the career power-play goal list with 10 and became the first player since Laura Vannelli last season to score four goals in a game. Vannelli scored four goals and an assist in a 13-3 win over Lake Forest in November 2005. All four of Vannelli’s goals were even-strength goals.