Stanchfield, Minn. / Cambridge-Isanti
The Bethel women's hockey team handed first-place St. Thomas its first MIAC loss of the season in a weekend split, behind four big points from junior forward Lindsay Burman (Stanchfield, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti). Burman had three points in Friday's win on a goal and two assists, and added another goal Saturday to complete her big weekend. For her performance, Burman was named the MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week.
Friday, Burman dazzled with her playmaking and scoring, notching two assists and a goal in Bethel's big 5-3 win over the Tommies. She added another goal a day later in a narrow 3-2 road loss on St. Thomas' home ice. This season, Burman ranks second in the MIAC with 27 points and 17 assists, and her 10 goals rank sixth in the conference. She's second in the league with a plus/minus rating of plus-16, and her three game-winning goals rank third in the MIAC.
Thanks to the split, the Royals improved to 14-5-2 overall and 10-4 in the MIAC. Bethel now has 20 points and is alone in third place in the conference standings, and clinched a MIAC Playoff bid with Friday's victory. This weekend, the Royals have a big home-and-home series with Saint Benedict. Bethel hosts the Blazers Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday's rematch will be on Saint Benedict's home ice with the puck set to drop at 2 p.m.