BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - After two weeks of non-conference action, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's hockey teams are ready to begin league play this weekend, with 10 Conference matchups slated for Thursday-Saturday.
Three MIAC teams are ranked in the latest national hockey polls. Hamline is No. 4 in both the USCHO.com Top 10 and the D3hockey.com Top 10, while Gustavus is No. 8 in the former and No. 9 in the latter. St. Thomas is ranked No. 9 in both polls.
St. Thomas goalie Mackenzie Torpy (Oregon, Wis.) is tied for the national lead with two shutouts on the season.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg outshot St. Scholastica 80-27 in a weekend series to open the season two weeks ago. Junior transfer Annie Juergens (Lino Lakes, Minn. | Centennial) made her first start as an Auggie by recording 12 saves against the Saints on Oct. 27.
First-year forward Kaylyn Forliti (North Branch, Minn.) leads the Royals with two goals and three points on the season. Forliti scored Bethel's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to nationally-ranked Wis.-Eau Claire over the weekend.
Concordia sophomore Kaitlyn Page (Bismarck, N.D.) scored the first goal of the Mo Greiner era for the Cobbers when she found the back of the net in the second minute of the second period against Wis.-River Falls last Friday.
Gustavus goalie Amanda DiNella eclipsed 50-plus saves for the second time in her career with a 51-stop performance against nationally-ranked Wis.-Eau Claire on Saturday. The Gusties were outshot 53-21 on the night and DiNella logged a save percentage of .962 to help Gustavus tie the Blugolds, 2-2.
Hamline forward Bre Simon was named to D3hockey.com's Team of the Week last week for her play against nationally-ranked Wis.-Eau Claire on opening weekend. Simon scored a pair of goals in a 5-4 Piper victory over the Blugolds.
Saint Benedict opened the season with an impressive 5-1 win over Chatham on Oct. 26. Junior forward Courtney Conlin (St. Paul, Minn. | Mounds View) collected a pair of assists in the victory.
St. Catherine sophomore forward Emilee Anderson (Chanhassen, Minn.) scored goals in both of the Wildcats' games against Wis.-Superior over the weekend.
Saint Mary's forward Courtney Moser had a hand in five of the Cardinals' 10 goals in their first two games of the year, scoring once and assisting on four others.
St. Olaf jumped out to a two-goal lead in the second period before three third period goals downed the Oles against Wis.-Stevens Point on opening weekend. Sophomore Carolyn Carpenter (Naperville, Ill. | Central) got the Ole scoring started with her second career goal in the opening frame of the contest.
St. Thomas first-year forward Anna Solheim (Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View) scored twice in the team's 6-2 victory over Wis.-Stevens Point last weekend. The Tommies are unbeaten (12-0-5) in their last 17 games.