The Gustavus women’s hockey team scored eight unanswered goals in its 8-1 victory against Augsburg on Friday evening in St. Peter. Melissa Mackley (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) recorded two goals for Gustavus as the Gusties had seven different players score goals. The Auggies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first period but that was the only time Augsburg would light the lamp.
Caryn Quist scored Augsburg’s only goal of the game at the 2:13 mark of the first period to give the Auggies a 1-0 lead. Gustavus tied the score less than a minute later when Mari Gunderson (So., Shoreview, Minn.) backhanded a shot past Augsburg goaltender Toni Menth. The Gusties grabbed the lead when Molly Doyle (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) took control of the puck at the blue line and skated to the middle of the slot where she found the upper corner of the net at the 6:16 mark to give Gustavus a 2-1 lead. The Gusties added a powerplay goal by Mackley (9:31) and a goal by Laura Hillman (Fy., Albert Lea, Minn.) (12:10) to close out the scoring in the period. Hillman’s goal was the first of her career at Gustavus and it gave the Gusties a 4-1 lead.
Gustavus extended its lead in the second period by recording two goals. At the 9-minute mark Mackley hit a one-timer from Jenna Johnson (Fy., Shoreview, Minn.) that found the back of the net for a powerplay goal to give the Gusties a 5-1 advantage. Jessica Doig (So., New Prague, Minn.) notched her sixth goal of the season and the sixth goal of the night for the Gusties at the 14:38 mark when she caught a rebound from Doyle and shot a backhand to increase the score to 6-1.
Gustavus added two more goals in the third period by Kelly Crandall (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.) and Jenny Pusch (So., Minneapolis, Minn.). At the 9:28 mark, Crandall found a gap between Menth and the pipe for a 7-1 lead. Pusch scored in the final minute of play while on the powerplay when she received a pass from Doyle and found the back of a wide open net to make the final score 8-1.
Breanna Scavo (Fy., Blaine, Minn.) started the game in net for Gustavus and played 29 minutes while recording three saves to improve her season record to 3-1-0. Kitty Hurley (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) played 31 minutes in the net for the Gusties and recorded four saves. Menth stopped 50 shots for Augsburg but falls to 7-8-4 with tonight’s loss.
Gustavus (18-2-0, 12-1-0) and Augsburg (7-9-4, 4-6-3) will play the second game of the series Saturday night in St. Paul at 7pm.