Breanna Peterson, Saint Mary's

Breanna Peterson, Saint Mary's

Macomb, Mich. / Honeybaked

The Saint Mary's women's hockey team has certainly had a Happy New Year thus far, as the Cardinals stormed into 2015 with a dominant home-and-home nonconference sweep against UW-Eau Claire. Senior forward Breanna Peterson (Macomb, Mich./Honeybaked) used her playmaking abilities to lead SMU to the sweep, as she tallied a five-point weekend, including the first three-assist game of her Cardinal career. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Peterson Monday with the MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Peterson and Saint Mary's started the new year with the dominant sweep of the Blugolds, that saw SMU win 4-1 Friday at home, and repeat the result Saturday with another 4-1 victory on the road. Peterson had an assist and five shots in Friday's victory, then she erupted for a four-point performance with one goal and three assists in Saturday's sweep-sealing win. This season, Peterson has seven points on one goal and six assists. She ranks No. 9 in the MIAC in assists, 18th in points and eighth with 34 shots.

Thanks to the two victories, Saint Mary's pulled back to even at 5-5-1 overall, and the Cardinals are tied for fourth in the MIAC standings with seven points and a 3-2-1 conference record. Peterson and company hope to build on a three-game winning streak this weekend when they welcome Lake Forest Friday at 3 p.m. and Adrian Saturday at 2 p.m. to Winona for a pair of nonconference home games.

2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE     NAME     SCHOOL    
2/23/2015   Kathryn Larson   Bethel  
2/16/2015   Kelsey Vandegrift   Concordia  
2/9/2015   Erica Power   Gustavus  
2/2/2015   Lindsey Hibbard   Gustavus  
1/26/2015   Kathryn Larson   Bethel  
1/19/2015   Tori Hermann   Saint Mary's  
1/12/2015   Lauren Kolak   Bethel  
1/5/2014   Breanna Peterson   Saint Mary's  
12/15/2014   Allison Eder-Zdechlik   Gustavus  
12/8/2014   Megan Robertson   Augsburg  
12/1/2014   Carolyn Draayer   Gustavus  
11/24/2014   Erika Allen   Augsburg  
11/17/2014   Tori Herrmann   Saint Mary's  
11/10/2014   Lindsay Burman   Bethel  
11/3/2014   Kathryn Larson   Bethel