Kaitlyn Klein Scores First Goal After Injury In Home Opening Loss

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by

Kaitlyn Klein and teammates celebrate her first goal since returning from injury.

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ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s hockey team gave up two late goals in the third period to suffer its first loss of the season against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the home opener at Don Roberts Ice Rink Tuesday night.

After taking a 2-0 lead into the third period, UW-Stevens Point bounced back and put three goals past the Gusties to secure a 3-2 victory. The Pointers record now moves to 2-2-1 overall while Gustavus falls to 1-1 overall.

Strong special teams play allowed for the Gusties to own a 2-0 lead in the second period. At the 12:45 minute mark of the second period, the Gusties capitalized on the skater advantage as Kaitlyn Klein (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) tallied her first goal of the season to give Gustavus a 1-0 lead. Klein’s goal stands as a monumental one after she has made a full recovery from a broken C7 vertebrae, suffered last season. Katy Fuller (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) was credited with the helper on the goal.

Another power play goal pushed the Gustavus lead to 2-0 just a few minutes later. Emily Gustafson (Sr., Esko, Minn.) scored her first of the season as she tipped in a shot from Amelia Vosen (Fy., Anoka, Minn.), who took a pass from Kristen Cash (Fy., Roseville, Minn.). The assists stand as career-firsts for each Vosen and Cash.

The Gusties took the momentum into the third period as they were controlling the pace and leading the Pointers in shots, 15-4.

In the third period, UW-Stevens Point scored early to cut the Gustie lead to 2-1 when Ali Biagini tapped in a rebound goal for her team-leading third of the season. The Gusties maintained its 2-1 lead throughout most of the period but weren’t able to finish off the Pointers.

Biagini tied the game up late for the Pointers at the 17:34 mark on a breakaway. Just 16 seconds later, Lauren Smith scored the game-winner for the Pointers as she took advantage of a Gustie turnover and put one past goaltender Amanda DiNella (So., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.).

The Gusties outshot the Pointers 35-15 despite having an even amount of shots on goal in the third period, 9-9.

Gustavus heads into Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play as it travels to the University of St. Thomas Friday night.

 


One Comment

  1. Pat Chapman says:

    Wonderful to see Kaitlyn on the ice again, even better to see her scoring!
    Pat