Allison Eder-Zdechlik, Gustavus

Allison Eder-Zdechlik, Gustavus

Stillwater, Minn. / Stillwater

The fifth-ranked Gustavus women's hockey team proved it belongs with the nation's elite last week with victories over the two other top-seven teams - No. 6 UW-River Falls and No. 7 UW-Stevens Point. In the two victories, junior forward Allison Eder-Zdechlik (Stillwater, Minn.) starred with a total of four goals - including one game-winner and two game-tying goals - and an overall rating of plus-four for the week. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Eder-Zdechlik Monday with the MIAC Women's Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week award.

The Gusties' big week started Wednesday with a 3-2 road victory over No. 6 UWRF. Eder-Zdechlik played the hero in the win by netting the game-tying goal, and the game-winner while the Gusties were shorthanded. She continued her scoring streak Saturday in a 3-1 home win over No. 7 UWSP, as she netted two more goals, including Gustavus' first goal to tie things up at 1-1. Thanks to the high-scoring week, Eder-Zdechlik now has six goals this season to lead Gustavus and rank second in the MIAC, despite missing four of her team's 11 games due to injury. She also has one assist, a total of seven points, and an overall rating of plus-nine.

Thanks to the two big victories over ranked foes, Gustavus improved to 8-1-2 overall and the Gusties still sit alone atop the MIAC standings with 11 points and a 5-0-1 conference record. Gustavus is ranked No. 5 in the nation by both D3hockey.com and USCHO.com. Eder-Zdechlik and company will take the rest of 2014 off for finals and the Holidays, and will return to action with a pair of home nonconference games on Jan. 9-10.

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