Jordan Verleye, Hamline

Jordan Verleye, Hamline

Livonia, Mich. / Victory Honda

The Hamline women's hockey team broke through with its first two wins of the 2013-14 season over the weekend as it swept Marian (Wis.) in nonconference play. The Pipers packed an offensive punch in the two victories behind the tremendous play of junior Jordan Verleye (Livonia, Mich.). Verleye racked up three goals and one assist in the two wins while helping HU score seven total goals over the weekend. For her performance, Verleye was named the MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week.

Things didn't look good early in Friday's game, as Marian jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. However, in a span of just 2:01, Verleye lit the lamp twice and pulled Hamline into a 2-2 tie in an eventual 3-2 victory. A day later, she again tied the game with a first-period goal, then set up a teammate for a score that made it 3-1 in the Pipers' 4-1 victory. Thanks to her four-point weekend, Verleye now ranks fifth in the MIAC with eight points this season. Her five goals are tied for the fourth-most in the league, and her four power play goals are tied for the most in the MIAC.

Thanks to the big nonconference sweep, Hamline improved to 2-5-1 and remained 0-3-1 in conference play. The Pipers will try to get their first conference victory of the season with a big series coming up this weekend. Friday, Hamline travels to Blaine, Minn., to face Bethel at 7 p.m. and Saturday the Pipers will host the Royals at Warner Coliseum. Saturday's face off is set for 2 p.m. 

2013-14 MIAC Women's Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE     NAME     SCHOOL    
3/10/2014   Megan Juricko   St. Thomas  
3/3/2014   Madison Denny   Concordia  
2/24/2014   Christina Rozeske   St. Thomas  
2/17/2014   Lindsay Burman   Bethel  
2/10/2014   Lindsay Burman   Bethel  
2/3/2014   Jenna Traut   Saint Benedict  
1/27/2014   Melissa Doyle   Gustavus  
1/20/2014   Margot Fleming   St. Olaf  
1/13/2014   Sarah Gustafson   Saint Mary's  
1/6/2014   Stephanie Kirk   Saint Benedict  
12/09/2013   Alise Riedel   St. Thomas  
12/2/2013   Jordan Verleye   Hamline  
11/25/2013   Sarah Gustafson   Saint Mary's  
11/18/2013   Cristina Masten   Bethel  
11/11/2013   Caroline Kivisto   Bethel