ST. PETER, Minn. – No. 3 Gustavus Adolphus was able to earn its second MIAC sweep in a row by earning a 1-0 victory against No. 10 St. Thomas (Minn.) in the series finale on Saturday at Don Roberts Ice Rink.
Brianna Seebold scored the game-winning goal halfway through the second period, and goaltender Lindsey Hibbard recorded the first shutout victory of her collegiate career by stopping all 16 of St. Thomas’ shots on goal.
Gustavus picked up four points in both games and now has an overall record of 5-0-0 with an MIAC mark of 4-0-0. St. Thomas drops to 3-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the MIAC.
“[Saturday] was a different style of game from [Friday] and it was encouraging to see this team be able to come out and adapt to the type of game it was,” Head Coach Mike Carroll said. “St. Thomas played much-improved and skated a lot harder today and it took us a little while to get going. We didn’t have the luxury of a big lead, but were able to score the first goal and hold on late.”
After a scoreless first period in which the Gusties outshot the Tommies 15-4, Gustavus scored the first goal of the game for the fifth time this season, this time coming at the 9:29 mark of the second period. Jenna Christensen got free at the right slot and fired a wrister at the net. After St. Thomas goalie Alise Riedel made the initial save on Christensen’s shot, the puck came free at the left crease where Seebold was posted up to knock in the rebound.
The goal was Seebold’s third of the year, while Christensen now has two assists.
The Tommies put up eight shots in the final frame, two of which came in the final minute with an extra attacker on the ice. Hibbard turned away all eight tries, keeping the shutout intact.
Hibbard improves to 3-0-0 with the win, while her counterpart, Alise Riedel, drops to 3-3-0 with the loss.
Gustavus had two power play opportunities inside the period, yet couldn’t find the back of the net. The Gusties would finish 0-for-3 on the power play in the game.
“I thought our kids played better as the game went on,” Carroll said. “You just never know what can happen late in a one-goal game, a bounce here or there can be the difference between a two goal lead and a tie game. The team handled the pressure and was able to pull out a win, which is the most important thing.”
Gustavus finished with 37 shots compared to St. Thomas’ 16. The Gusties won 47-of-55 face-offs. Carolyn Draayer led the team with a 17-0 performance on the draw, while Meagan Wanecke was also tough to beat at 12-2.