Women’s Hockey Dominates Northland, Improves to 5-0

Dylan Zimmerman

The College of St. Scholastica women’s hockey team continued its perfect start to the season, sweeping Northland College by scores of 4-0 and 6-0 this past weekend to improve to 5-0 (4-0 NCHA) on the year.

The first game of the doubleheader was played at Mars Lakeview Arena, where the Saints came away with a 4-0 victory over the Lumberjills. The teams skated even for the first seven minutes of the first period, but CSS took the early 1-0 lead in the eighth minute when Emily Stegora found the back of the net off a nice pass from Alexia Klaas. That would be it for scoring in the first, despite both teams receiving a power play opportunity.

The Saints tacked on two more in the second period, with one goal occurring during the beginning of the period and the other coming before the buzzer. Kaleigh Hamann made it 2-0 in favor of CSS with 18 minutes still remaining on the scoreboard, with an assist being credited to Taylor Thompson. Five minutes later St. Scholastica earned its second power play opportunity, but once again failed to convert as the score remained 2-0. With one second left in the period, Klaas found a loose puck in front of the net and sent it past the keeper’s left side to net the third goal of the game for the Saints in “buzzer beater” fashion.

The Saints earned their third power play opportunity in as many periods, this time finally capitalizing as Greta Nundahl scored the final goal of the game off assists from Stegora and Denisa Lalikova to take the 4-0 victory.

CSS then traveled to Ashland for round two on Saturday, proving to be even better on the road as they took game two from Northland 6-0. There were a total of four power plays in the first period, with three going to the side of Northland and one in favor of CSS. Neither team capitalized on their own power play, but the Saints managed to net a short-hander thanks to Thompson in the last two minutes of the first period to take a 1-0 lead over Northland.

Almost twenty minutes later, nearing the end of the second period, Abby Sawyer put the Saints up 2-0 with a goal off assists from Thompson and Rachel Anderson.

St. Scholastica then exploded for four goals in the third period, one of which was scored on a power play. With six minutes having run off the clock, Amanda Broman made the score 3-0 for CSS. Two minutes later, Klaas scored her second goal on the weekend in power play fashion. In the next two minute interval it was Sawyer scoring to give the Saints a 5-0 lead on her second goal of the evening. The nail in the Lumberjill coffin was provided by Brandi Malwitz, who scored the sixth and final goal of the game to solidify another dominating performance by the CSS women’s hockey team.

Next up, the Saints will put in their fair share of hours on the road as they gear up for a weekend doubleheader battle at No. 4 ranked Adrian College.