The Gustavus women’s hockey team fell to 10-3-1 overall and 7-2-0 in MIAC play with a 2-1 loss to St. Kate’s at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on Friday night.
Gustavus took a 1-0 lead when Gina DeNucci scored with an assist from Allie Schwab at the 7:25 mark of the second period. Four minutes later, Lindsey Hjelm was sent to the penalty box for checking giving St. Kate’s a two-player advantage for 30 seconds. The Wildcats, however needed only 11 seconds to tie the game when Kate Lawler scored to tie the score at 1-1.
Late in the second period, Kelsey Abrahamson scored what turned out to be the game-winner for St. Kate’s at the 17:25 mark.
Gustavus would get a chance to tie in the third period when a hooking penalty on St. Kate’s Bridget Braastad gave the Gusties a two-player advantage for 1:10, but Gustavus could not convert and the Wildcats held on for the 2-1 victory. The Gusties were 0-7 on the power play in the game.
The Gusties out-shot the Wildcats 38-20 in the game including 16-5 in the third period. Danielle Justice suffered the loss in goal for Gustavus. She registered 20 saves.
The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow at 2 pm at Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter.