Women’s Hockey Falls to #4 UW-River Falls

Dylan Zimmerman

The College of St. Scholastica women’s hockey team came into their weekend matchup against the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons as underdogs, but were hoping to ride the momentum from their recent 4-1 victory over Marian University to help them take down No. 4 River Falls. It didn’t go well for Head Coach Jackie MacMillan and company, however, as the Saints fell by a final score of 6-0 Saturday afternoon at Mars Lakeview Arena.

The first goal of the game, which would be the first of three goals scored in the first period, was netted by UWRF’s Dani Kocina with 12 minutes to go. The next River Falls goal came four minutes later when Dani Sibley scored off of nice passing from teammates Hailey Herdine and Carly Moran. Sibley and Moran would both be involved in the third goal of the period as well, as both assisted on the play to make it 3-0 in favor of the Falcons.

CSS turned it up a notch on the defensive side of things in the second period, holding the Falcons to just one goal and even sending off a few shots themselves. None of the Scholastica shots would find the back of the net and the Falcons took a 4-0 lead into the final period of play.

In the third, River Falls was able to punch two more past goaltender Lindsey Hartfiel to come out of Duluth with a 6-0 win. Despite giving up six goals in the contest, Hartfiel still had a save percentage of .842 as she recorded a season high 32 saves on the day. The Saints were outshot 38-11 throughout the three periods of play and were shutout for the first time on the year after a tough defensive showing from the No. 4 team in the nation.

The loss knocks CSS back to one game above .500 (5-4-1) as they head into back-to-back border battle showdowns against the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets this upcoming weekend. The first game will be played in Duluth at Mars Lakeview Arena on Friday, Dec. 9. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. The two teams will definitely be sick of each other after the weekend is over, as the very next day CSS will travel to UWS for a Saturday matchup set to start at 2 p.m. These two games will be the last non-conference games for the women’s hockey team until they meet UWRF again in the middle of February.