The Gustavus women’s hockey team started its second half of the season with a convincing 6-0 shutout against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Friday night in Stevens Point, Wis. Senior forward Allie Schwab led the way for the victors with her second-career hat trick, improving the Gusties to 10-0-1 overall. Stevens Point falls to 5-3-1 with the loss.
Lindsey Hjelm got the scoring route off to a start at the 10:28 mark in the first period with the help of Kelsey Kennedy. The goal proved to be the game-winner, but the Gusties weren’t even close to done. Mollie Carroll found Schwab with 2:33 left in the first for her second goal of the night and the Three Crowns took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at the first intermission.
A flurry of goals were netted early in the second frame – three were scored within a matter of just :35 seconds. Schwab put in her second goal of the night at the 3:20 mark, Meagan Wanecke then put the Gusties up 4-0 only :12 seconds later and Schwab completed the hat trick with an assist from Carroll once again :23 seconds after Wanecke’s score.
First-year forward Carolyn Draayer brought the game to its final margin at 6-0 at the 14:59 mark in the second for her team-leading 11th goal of the season.
Danielle Justice returned to the nets for the Gusties and responded with 15 saves in her first shutout win of the season, improving to 6-0-1. Her counterpart, Janna Beilke-Skoug, tallied 25 saves, while allowing six goals.
Gustavus converted on two of its five power play opportunities after taking 11 shots in the player advantage. The Pointers had five chances with the player advantage but were unable to put the puck in the net.
The Gusties and Pointers return to the ice Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for the second match-up of the weekend series at Ice Hawks Arena.