BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's hockey teams finished up league play for the calendar year with five series over the weekend. MIAC teams will spend the next two weeks in non-conference action before taking a break for the holidays. Conference play is set to resume on Friday, January 11.
Three MIAC teams are once again ranked in the latest national hockey polls. Gustavus is ranked No. 9 in both the USCHO.com Top 10 and the D3hockey.com Top 10, while Hamline and St. Thomas are each ranked No. 7 in one and No. 8 in the other.
Hamline forward Bre Simon (Elk River, Minn.) leads all of women's college hockey with 2.33 points per game and 1.50 assists per game in 2018.
St. Thomas goalie Mackenzie Torpy (Oregon, Wis.) leads all 341 NCAA goalies of both genders in shutouts (seven), goals-allowed average (0.31), and save percentage (.984).
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg defender Valerie Whichello (Woodbury, Minn. | East Ridge) provided the Auggies offensive production against nationally-ranked St. Thomas over the weekend, scoring a goal in the second period to give Augsburg a 1-0 lead. It was only the second power-play goal the Tommies have allowed in 34 opportunities this season.
Bethel senior Sarina Goos (Roseau, Minn.) scored the first two goals of the game in a 4-3 loss to Gustavus on Saturday. The two-goal game was the fourth of Goos' career and her first since Nov. 4, 2017 against Wis.-River Falls.
Concordia is 5-0-1 in league play, marking the first time in program history that the Cobbers are unbeaten in MIAC play before the holiday break. Senior goalie Brittany Boss (Little Canada, Minn. | Roseville) stopped 25 of the 26 shots she faced to help the Cobbers earn a series sweep at St. Olaf over the weekend.
Gustavus senior captain Allie Stanger (Paynesville, Minn.) found the back of the net three times for a hat trick in Gustavus' come-from-behind 4-3 win over Bethel on Saturday, including a dramatic game-winner with 42 seconds to play. Stanger had four goals in the series and leads all Gustavus players with nine points on the season.
Hamline forward Molly Garin (Mound, Minn. | Holy Family) set up the first two goals in a 3-2 win at St. Kate's on Friday before scoring two of her own in a 6-1 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday. She leads all MIAC first-year players with 11 points this year.
First-year forward Julia Pias (Maple Grove, Minn.) scored two goals and had one assist in the team's 5-1 win at Saint Mary's on Saturday, marking the first multi-goal game of her career. She has played a key role in each of the team's last three wins or ties, and currently leads the team in goals (4), assists (3), and points (7).
St. Catherine first-year goalie Karly Schmidt (Delano, Minn.) had a nine-save first period en route to a 26-save performance against nationally-ranked Hamline on Friday. She collected a career-high 35 saves against the Pipers the following day.
Saint Mary's defender Natalie Ryan (Village of Lakewood, Ill. | Chicago Young Americans) tallied her second two-goal game of the season last Friday, leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over Saint Benedict. She also scored twice against Augsburg on Nov. 16.
Senior forward Xandi Swedberg (Edina, Minn. | Binolde-St. Margaret's) scored a pair of goals for St. Olaf in a 4-3 loss to Concordia (Minn.) on Friday evening. The two-goal performance was the second of her career and her first since her first year as an Ole. Swedberg gave the Oles the lead with a power-play goal late in the first period and later put St. Olaf ahead, 3-1, with a short-handed goal early in the third.
St. Thomas goalie Kenzie Torpy (Oregon, Wis.) stopped 60 of 61 shots in a pair of close wins against previous MIAC co-leader Augsburg over the weekend. Torpy increased her streak of scoreless minutes in net to 354 before finally surrendering a power-play goal early in the second period of Saturday's 3-1 win. She has allowed just three goals in her last 11 games dating back to the 2017-18 season finale. Torpy moved past Alise Riedel into No. 1 at St. Thomas and into a tie for No. 2 in MIAC history for goalie wins at 54 last week and also had her 16th career shutout - one off the school record - for the 10-0 Tommies, who are currently riding an NCAA-best 23-game unbeaten streak (18-0-5).