St. Peter, Minn. – After suffering a 2-1 loss to UW-Superior last night, the Gustavus women’s hockey team battled back to earn a 2-2 tie with the Yellowjackets on Saturday afternoon at Don Roberts Ice Rink. The Gusties held a 2-1 lead at the first intermission, but could not hold off a determined UW-Superior team, which scored in the second period for the tie. With the result, Gustavus moves to 1-1-1, while UW-Superior suffers its first blemish of the season and is now 3-0-1.
“It was a good hockey game today. I was really happy how we responded after last night,” stated Head Coach Mike Carroll. “We didn’t play a full 60 minutes last night, but today we did. We played really hard, we played much better, and we certainly could have won that game. You have to hand it to Superior. They played a great series. We had our chances, we just have to move forward and see today as a positive.”
Similar to the previous night, the Yellowjackets got out to a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the contest. This time, Haley Olmstead delivered her third goal of the season on assists from Hailey Adair and Teal Crosson to give UW-Superior the early advantage.
However, unlike Friday night, the Gusties responded with a pair of goals on Saturday afternoon. Allison Eder-Zdechlik (So., Stillwater, Minn.) tied the game at 1-1 at the 14:16 mark of the opening frame before Amanda Cartony (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.) delivered her first goal of the season off an assist from Marissa Brandt (Jr., Vadnais Heights, Minn.). Cartony’s goal gave the Gusties a 2-1 lead with 3:08 remaining in the first period. Gustavus would keep the goal advantage into the first intermission.
The two teams battled through the second period, which gave way to a game-tying goal by Kiara De Kezel 16:14 into the frame. De Kezel was assisted by Haley Olmstead on the goal, which sent the teams to the second intermission with a 2-2 score.
Although the Gusties held a shot advantage of 15-8 in both the second and third periods, they could not capitalize on scoring chances, leading the game into overtime. Consistent with the first 60 minutes of play, the two teams engaged in five more minutes of evenly matched hockey. Neither team would score in the extra session, and the game would end in the 2-2 tie.
For the game, Gustavus held a shot advantage of 43-29.
Tara Hoverstad (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) played all 65 minutes between the pipes for the Gusties, allowing two goals and making 27 saves. Shanley Peters went the distance for the Yellowjackets, allowing two goals and making 41 saves.
Gustavus will be back in action next weekend for its first MIAC series of the season. The Gusties will travel to Moorhead, Minn., to take on Concordia at 7:00 p.m., on Friday night before concluding the series on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
“We are such a better team after today than we were last night, and we are much more ready start our conference schedule next weekend,” finished Carroll. “In the end, we were happy how we responded and we can move forward in getting ready for next week.”