ST. PETER, Minn. -- Bethel (Minn.) went on the road and defeated No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus for the first time in program history and prevented the Gusties from winning their 10th consecutive MIAC championship. Kathryn Larson scored Bethel's lone goal just 2:48 into the game and the Royals defense did the rest. The win means the Royals will head back to Don Roberts Ice Rink on the campus of Gustavus next Saturday in the MIAC playoffs as St. Thomas (Minn.) wrapped up the league's regulars season title.
Larson's goal came off an assist by Lindsay Burman. Bethel's Erika Allen made 28 saves on the night to post her fourth shutout of the season. A total of just three penalties were called on the game with Bethel 0-for-1 on power plays and Gustavus 0-for-2.
Bethel's win marks the first time the Royals have defeated Gustavus in 35 games and sets up a playoff matchup between the two teams for the fourth year in a row. In each of the past two years the Gusties have come out on top of tightly contested one-goal games. Gustavus has not lost a MIAC playoff game since the 2002-03 championship game. The Royals will look to extend the Gusties recent woes as they have now lost four of their past six games while Bethel continued to extend their program record victory totals. The Royals have set new marks in overall wins with 17 and MIAC wins with 13.
No. 1 Plattsburgh State 2, Oswego State 0
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- The regular season ended much like many games thus far this year as the Plattsburgh State women's hockey team shutout Oswego State 2-0 in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division game Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Plattsburgh State opened the scoring at 12:12 of the first period when Giovanna Senese's netted her 13th of the season from Ali Vakos and Chelsea VanGlahn to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. VanGlahn continued her hot streak of late, adding her 12th of the year from Senese and Caitlin Gilligan with 1:09 left in the first to hand Plattsburgh State a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
VanGlahn, who tallied two points in Saturday's game, has registered points in each of the final six games of the regular season.
The Cardinals outshot the Lakers 30-9 through the final two periods but Oswego State was able to keep the visitors off the board the rest of the way. Plattsburgh State finished the afternoon with a 41-14 advantage in shots on goal. The Cardinals went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Lakers came up empty on two power-play chances.
Plattsburgh State goaltender Sydney Aveson stopped all 14 shots she faced to improve to 17-1-1 on the year. Thirteen of Aveson's 17 victories have come in the form of a shutout, bringing her career total to 30.
Oswego State's Tori Travato stopped 39 shots in the loss for the Lakers.
No. T2 Elmira 6, Neumann 0
PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- On an afternoon where one Soaring Eagle was honored for a career milestone, it was Ashton Hogan who had a career game, leading Elmira (19-4-1, 14-1-0) to a 6-0 victory against Neumann (6-16-2, 2-11-2). Hogan registered her first career hat trick and then some, scoring four goals in the victory for four points, both of which are single-game highs for Hogan, a junior forward.
With the four-goal performance, Hogan ties three other former Soaring Eagles, including Laura Hurd for second all time for goals scored in a game. Briana Saltstone also turned in an impressive performance, scoring two goals and tallying one assist for a career-high three points.
Hogan capped-off the three-goal second period with her second goal of the night with both teams playing four-on-four hockey. Hogan received a pass from Briana Saltstone and finished the shot, beating Justina Mayr on her stick-side to give Elmira the 4-0 advantage following two periods of play.
Hogan's career night continued into the third period after she picked up back-to-back goals from her special teams efforts. Her first goal of the period was a short-handed goal, the first of her career, which came after Wilgosh intercepted a pass and started the break the other way. Brooke Wilgosh carried the puck into the offensive zone and found Hogan for the score.
No. 4 Norwich 8, New England College 1
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich scored eight unanswered goals en route to its 14th consecutive victory in an 8-1 win against New England College on Saturday afternoon in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East quarterfinals at Kreitzberg Arena.
Top-seeded Norwich (23-3-0) got a pair of goals from junior forward Madyson Moore and four assists from senior defenseman Kayla Parsons as the Cadets rallied from an early 1-0 hole to blow out the Pilgrims with their second highest single-game goal total of the season.
Taylor Fairchild made six saves in two periods of action to pick up her 11th win of the season. Loren Carrier came on to make three saves in the final period.
The Cadets moved a step closer in their attempt to win their fifth ECAC East tournament title in the past seven seasons.
No. 5 Wisconsin-River Falls 4, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons locked up the No. 1 seed in the WIAC O'Brien Cup playoff tournament after a 4-1 victory at Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday afternoon.
UWEC got on the board first when Paige Dale got one past Ashley Kuechle at 5:57 of the first period. Kuechle would not allow another goal recording 22 saves in the game and improves to 14-2-3 on the season.
The Falcons would strike two quick goals in a row later in the first period. Chloe Kinsel netted her 13th of the season at 13:18 assisted by Kait Mason and Paige Johnson.
At 13:56 Crysta Lowell found herself in the right place at the right time and got one past UWEC goalie Paige Turner. The goal was Lowell's second of the season. Katie Batters and Brianna Breiland were each credited with assists on the goal.
Towards the end of the second period UWRF lit the lamp two more times. At 15:53 Mason scored a goal for her 10th of the season off an assist by Jenna Ulberg for her ninth this year.
Karleigh Wolkerstorfer got in on the scoring at 18:13 of the second period assisted by Hayley Walsh. Wolkerstorfer has 10 goals on the season and Walsh has recorded three assists.
No. 9 St. Thomas (Minn.) 5, Saint Benedict 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Tara Baago assisted on the tying goal in period two and scored two in period three as St. Thomas (Minn.) scored a 5-2 win Friday night against Saint Benedict in a conference women's game played in St. Cloud.
Christina Rozeske scored two goals in the opening frame for a 2-0 Tommie lead. UST had a 54-17 advantage in shots on goal.
The Tommies (16-5-3 overall, 13-2-2 MIAC) is looking to win or share the MIAC title for the first time in 10 seasons.
Bowdoin 1, No. 10 Amherst 0
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Colleen Finnerty scored the game's only goal in the first period to carry Bowdoin to a 1-0 win against Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
The Lord Jeffs and Polar Bears split the weekend series to end their regular seasons. Bowdoin will enter NESCAC playoff action with an 11-10-3 overall and 6-7-3 record in conference play. Amherst leaves Brunswick at 13-6-5 (9-3-4 NESCAC).
The Polar Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead just one second after concluding the power play, 4:17 into the first period. Setting up for a slapshot from the high slot, Maddie Baird rifled the puck toward net with Finnerty connecting for a redirect past Amherst's Yuna Evans.
Lan Crofton played all 60 minutes in net for the Polar Beras, making 33 stops to record her first shutout in a Bowdoin uniform.