Women’s Hockey Takes Care of Marian

Joe Stark
jstark@css.edu

On Nov. 22 The College of St. Scholastica women’s hockey team defeated the Marian Sabers by a score of 4-1 at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Saints were coming off a tough road trip and were looking to get back on track, which is exactly what they did, improving their record to 5-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in conference play.

CSS started the game on the offensive as Marian found themselves a player short for the beginning of the first period due to penalties. The Saints were unable to capitalize on the first penalty, but on the second penalty Mac Johnson lit the lamp for the first goal of the game. She was assisted on the goal by teammates Greta Nundahl and Sierra Hanowski. The early 1-0 lead for the Saints was eliminated only four minutes later as the Sabers scored an equalizing goal, knotting it all up at 1. The Sabers committed another penalty a short time after their goal, and Scholastica took advantage. Thirty seconds into the penalty Johnson passed to Brenna Smith who fired one at the net and Hanowski deflected it in to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. This is where it would stay for the remainder of the period.

The second period did not see the same amount of scoring as the first, but the excitement remained the same as both teams saw many opportunities but were unable to take advantage. The one goal that did take place occurred only six minutes into the period when Alexia Klaas scored in front of the net assisted by Abby Sawyer and Tessa Lowry. The score read 3-1 after the second period. The third period was a grind for both teams and neither team was able to score until around the halfway point when Emily Stegora was able to score with an assist from Lowry. The 4-1 score would hold up the rest of the game and result in a CSS victory.

The Saints were led by Lowry, who had two assists and a +/- of +2. Hanowski and Johnson also chipped in with a goal and an assist of their own with a +/- of +1. Lindsey Hartfiel played the entire game for the Saints in goal and was able to save twenty-four of twenty-five shots, and had a save percentage of .96. The Saints were outshot in the game twenty-six to twenty-two, but were able to make their shots count. The Saints power-play team was also much better as they scored twice on the six power-plays they had and were also able to kill off all five penalties without allowing Marian to score.

The win was one that the Saints needed, and it was because of the all the hard work the Saints have put in.

“It’s a fast game but it’s exciting and fun. We have been working hard on and off the ice for a couple months now,” said Greta Nundahl. She knows they have too keep improving and to do that they must, “keep working hard and push each other everyday on and off the ice.”

St. Scholastica will be back in action on Dec. 3 against the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons at Mars Lakeview Arena at 2 p.m.