The Gustavus women’s hockey team extended its unbeaten string to 20 games with a convincing 7-0 win over Concordia at Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter, Minn. on Friday night. The Gusties led 1-0 after one period, and 3-0 after two periods, before scoring four goals in the third to pull away for the victory. Allie Schwab led Gustavus with two goals and two assists. The Gusties will host the Cobbers in the second game of the series tomorrow at 2:00 pm.
Gustavus played the first period with a lot of energy and out-shot the Cobbers 13-3, but Cobber goaltender Maddie Haroldson played well and allowed only one goal to the Gusties. Jessie Doig picked up her 10th goal of the season at the 5:00 minute mark with an assist from Allie Schwab.
The second period saw the Gusties increase their lead to 3-0 on goals by Mari Gunderson at the 3:22 mark and Allie Schwab at the 6:40 mark. Kirstin Peterson was credited with the assist on Gunderson’s goal, while Schwab’s goal was unassisted.
After a relatively quiet first and second period, the action heated up in the third as Gustavus out-shot the Cobbers 18-2 and erupted for four goals. In addition, there were seven penalties whistled in the period after no penalties had been assessed in the first 40 minutes of play. The Cobbers went to the penalty box six times, while the Gusties went to box once. Gustavus scored three times in the first four minutes of play including two with :20 seconds of each other in the third minute of the period. Allie Schwab opened the scoring barrage with a goal at the 2:13 mark with an assist from Kirstin Peterson. Just :20 seconds later, Melissa Mackley increased the lead to 5-0 with an assist from Mollie Carroll. A minute-and-a-half later, Carroll scored a power play goal as the Gusties had a 5-on-3 advantage. It was the lone power play goal of the game and it made the score 6-0. Allie Schwab and Melissa Mackley were credited with assists. Gracie Olson closed out the scoring for Gustavus when she lit the lamp at the 15:18 mark. Jessie Doig picked up the assist.
Gustavus, which out-shot the Cobbers 47-11 in the contest, posted its seventh shutout of the season. The Gusties lead all of Division III in scoring defense allowing 0.90 goals per game (19 goals in 21 games).