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UWRF breezes by St. Olaf

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Katie Batters tied the school record with five points to help lead No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls to an 8-1 win at St. Olaf on Wednesday night.

The eight goals is the second most by the Falcons in a game this year - falling just behind the nine scored in a 9-3 win at St. Thomas (Minn.) on Nov. 9. UWRF had 45 shots on goal, just one off its season high (46) when the Falcons beat St. Olaf 7-2 at Hunt Arena on Nov. 26.

All of Batters' goals came at even strength. She scoerd the game's first goal at 6:07 of the first period; it was her eighth of the season. She was assisted by Allie Olson and Paige Johnson. St. Olaf tied the game with a power-play goal about three minutes later, but it was all UWRF after that.

Gillian McDonald picked up the win in goal for the Falcons. She stopped 29 of the 30 shots she faced. She had 15 saves in the first period, 10 in the second and just four in the third. She is now 2-1 this season.

No. 2 Middlebury 8, Salve Regina 2

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Katie Sullivan recorded two goals, including the game winner on the power play, lifting Middlebury to an 8-2 victory versus Salve Regina on Wednesday evening inside Kenyon Arena. The game marked the first meeting in the all-time series between the two schools.

The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard early with a total of four goals in the first period. Just under three minutes in, Sullivan sent a one-timer into the back of the net following a dump-in attempt by Jennifer Krakower and a touch pass from Emily Fluke. Four minutes later, Jane Freda doubled the Middlebury advantage at the 7:01 mark on a laser shot from the point.

Not done, Sullivan tacked on her second of the period on the powerplay with a pair of crafty assists from Hannah Bielawski and Kate Moreau at 13:15. The Panthers added their fourth goal of the stanza, the team’s first short-handed score of the winter, when Fluke raced ahead of the pack and threw a shot into the upper right corner of the net on an assist by Madeline Joyce.

In the second period, the Panthers made the score 5-0 at 3:37 when Katie Mandigo scored on the power play after an initial shot rebounded in front from Sullivan. Five minutes later, Salve Regina got on the scoreboard when Michelle Holmes secured a loose puck at center ice and put the puck in the back of the Middlebury net at 11:31.

Middlebury made it a five-goal advantage once again when Kelly Sherman scored her first collegiate goal at the 14:51 mark on another helper from Sullivan. Seconds before the break, Salve Regina notched its second goal of the stanza when Smith deflected a pass by Sarah Markey in front of the net off a helper from Taylor Shepherd.