STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Gustavus Adolphus got a late goal from Halie Gudmonson to defeat No. 5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2-1 in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at Ice Hawks Arena.
Gudmonson's sixth goal of the season came with 2:05 left in the game and was the difference between the Gusties (8-3-2) and Pointers (13-3-1). The Gustavus win gave both teams a split of the weekend series after UW-Stevens Point won 5-2 on Friday night. The loss was the first for UWSP in one-goal games this season (8-1).
Gustavus led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Carolyn Draayer. The Pointers tied the score at 1-1 midway through the second period when Cassandra Salmen scored her fourth goal of the weekend off an assist from Emily Lester. Lester set up three of Salmen's four goals on the weekend.
The Gusties held a narrow 24-22 advantage in shots in the game. Lindsey Hibbard, who ranks second in the nation in goals-against average (1.11) made 21 saves for Gustavus in the win. Janna Beilke-Skoug made 22 saves for the Pointers.
No. 1 MIddlebury 4, Wesleyan (Conn.) 1
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Emily Fluke earned a goal and two assists to lead Middlebury to a 4-1 victory at Wesleyan in NESCAC action on Saturday. The win keeps the Panthers in a tie atop the NESCAC standings with a 5-0-1 conference record, matched by Amherst. Second-ranked Middlebury owns an overall record of 9-1-1 on the season.
Middlebury scored its opening two goals via the power play as the Panthers converted on two of seven opportunities in the contest.
No. 3 Elmira 2, Hamilton 1
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Elmira (10-3-1) picked up a 2-1 win against Hamilton (3-5-1) on Saturday. Ashton Hogan and Brooke Wilgosh led the Soaring Eagles with a goal and an assist apiece while Lisa Marshall made 14 saves in the victory.
The game was scoreless for the first 9:13 seconds of the game, until Hogan slipped the puck past the Continentals' netminder on the man-up advantage after some quality passes from Wilgosh and Tanis Lamoureux. The Purple and Gold increased their lead to 2-0 after Hogan and Sydney Fischer put the puck on Wilgosh's stick and she found the back of the net with 5:26 remaining in the first period. Elmira held the shot advantage in the first period, 9-5.
The second period was quiet for the first 12:32 seconds, until Jill Tokarczyk slipped one past Marshall to cut Elmira's lead down to 2-1. The Soaring Eagles finished the period tied with Hamilton 6-6 in shots.
EC's defensive effort showed in the third period as they limited the Continentals shooting to just four shots on goal. EC finished the game with the 21-15 shot advantage.
No. 4 Norwich 4, Utica 2
UTICA, N.Y. -- Norwich snapped its mini-two-game slide with a 4-2 victory against Utica on Saturday afternoon.
Norwich (10-3-0, 6-0-0 ECAC East) got a pair of goals from senior forward Tori Charron, as well as a goal each from junior Kaycie Anderson and senior Emily MacKinnon to round out its offensive leaders.
Utica's Megan Myers gave the Pioneers (9-3-0, 4-2-0 ECAC West) a 1-0 lead at the 11:10 mark of the first period to give the Pioneers the lead heading into the first intermission. However, Charron answered with her 13th goal of the season on the power play to knot the game up in the second period. Taylor Cross and Brittany Sharman picked up assists on the goal.
Anderson netted her third goal of the season unassisted to give Norwich the lead just over five minutes into the third. But, Utica responded at the 14:14 mark of the third with Nicole Keiffer scoring her first of the year off an assist from Louise Steele-Norton.
MacKinnon scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal just 1:24 later off an assist from Charron. Charron capped the scoring with 1:15 left with an empty-net power play tally off an assist from Maggie Cross.
No. 7 Wisconsin-River Falls 2, Concordia-Moorhead 1
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Wisconsin-River Falls defeated Concordia-Moorhead 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons swept the weekend series, outscoring the Cobbers 5-1 in two games.
"The weekend had two hard fought games," Falcon coach Joe Cranston said. "Concordia played very hard and physical - they clogged up the middle and did what they had to do to stay with us. We played two solid defensive games and found a way to win. It was nice to give up only one goal in the two games."
The game entered the second period scoreless, despite the Falcons outshooting the Cobbers 14-2 in the first period. Senior forward's Katie Batters and Brook Story led the charge with three shots each in the first. Cobbers sophomore goaltender Madison Denny (1-6-3) kept her cool throughout the first frame, holding the Falcons in check. Falcons sophomore goaltender Gillian McDonald (3-1) was only asked to make two first period saves in her fourth start of the season.
No. 9 Wisconsin-Superior 1, St. Benedict 0
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Looking for the sweep on Saturday at Wessman Arena No. 9 Wisconsin-Superior found the going to be a little bit tougher than Friday night. Despite outshooting the Blazers in the game, the Yellowjackets were only able to muster one goal. Still, it was enough as the Yellowjackets completed the weekend sweep with a 1-0 victory against St. Benedict.
The Yellowjackets are now unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2) and have won four consecutive contests coming out of the break.
The lone goal of the game came early. Haley Olmsted scored her second goal of the weekend and ninth of the season to give the Yellowjackets the 1-0 lead. Hailey Adair and Kiara De Kezel picked up the assists.
From there the stout Yellowjacket defense took over, extinguishing any and all offensive threats by the Blazers and making the one goal stand up.
Senior Shanley Peters made 19 saves in the game. For the season Peters' record now stands at 10-2-4, while her goals against average dropped to 1.41 and her save percentage increased to .939. Dory Johnson made 27 saves in goal for the Blazers.
The Yellowjackets took three penalties for six minutes, while St. Benedict took two penalties for four minutes. The Yellowjackets were 0-for-2 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
No. 10 Amherst 2, Colby 1
AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst scored two goals in the first period and held on for a 2-1 win against Colby in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
The Jeffs completed the two-game sweep of their conference foe and improved to 8-2-2 overall and 5-0-1 in league play. Colby falls to 4-6-1 on the season and 2-4-0 in the conference following its 10th consecutive loss to the Jeffs.
Amherst used a strong first period behind goals from Caitlyn Ryan and Tori Salmon to earn the win. Ryan scored her first goal of the season on a power play opportunity at the 9:11 mark off an assist from Emily Flom. The assist marked Flom’s fifth of the season.
Salmon’s game-winning goal occurred in the closing minutes of the first period at the 18:42 mark. She was unassisted on the score, marking her team-high sixth of the season.