MIAC Women's Hockey Notebook - December 12, 2018

Hamline goalie McKenna Hulslander earned her first shutout of the season in a win over Wis.-Superior last Tuesday.
Hamline goalie McKenna Hulslander earned her first shutout of the season in a win over Wis.-Superior last Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's hockey teams continue to roll through non-conference action and are set to conclude the 2018 portion of the season with five more games on the docket this week.

POLL TALK
Three MIAC teams are once again ranked in the latest national hockey polls, with a fourth now receiving votes as well. Gustavus is ranked No. 10 in both the USCHO.com Top 10 and the D3hockey.com Top 10, while Hamline is No. 6 in the D3hockey.com balloting and No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll. St. Thomas is ranked No. 7 by USCHO.com and No. 8 by D3hockey.com. Augsburg received one vote in the USCHO.com balloting.

NATIONAL NOTABLES
Hamline forward Bre Simon (Elk River, Minn.) leads all of women's college hockey with 2.10 points per game and ranks first in Division III with 1.20 assists per game this season.

St. Thomas goalie Mackenzie Torpy (Oregon, Wis.) is tied for the lead among all collegiate goalies with seven shutouts this season. She also ranks second in Division III with a goals-against average of 0.310 and a save percentage of 0.984 in 10 starts.

AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg forward Mikayla Jones (Oak Park Heights, Minn. | B.E. Emerson) scored the opening goal in the Auggies' 2-0 win at Wis.-Stevens Point last Friday, then had two assists in the team's 6-3 win at Marian (Wis.) on Saturday. The junior has three goals and three assists for six points on the season.

Bethel wrapped up its 2018 schedule on December 1. The Royals will return to action for a two-game home series against Northland College on January 4-5, 2019.

Senior forward Megan Dondelinger (Bemidji, Minn.) entered last weekend having scored only one goal in Concordia's first nine games of the season. She tripled that total in two road games against Northland. Dondelinger had two goals in Friday's win and then added the Cobbers' second tally on Saturday.

Gustavus suffered a pair of losses against nationally-ranked Wis.-River Falls last week. Senior forward Allie Stanger (Paynesville, Minn.) scored the team's lone goal for the week. Stanger has been responsible for four of the team's last five goals and five of the Gusties' last nine.

Hamline goalie McKenna Hulslander (Kalispell, Mont. | Glacier) earned her first shutout of the season in a win over Wis.-Superior last Tuesday, knocking away 13 shots in the first period and 10 in the third of a 3-0 victory. The sophomore goaltender has allowed just nine goals in her last seven games, lowering her goals-allowed average to 1.69, the third-lowest in the MIAC this season.

Saint Benedict headed into the holiday break with a 5-1 victory over Saint Mary's on December 1. The Bennies return to action on January 4 for a pair of weekend games in Stevens Point, Wis. against Marian and Wis.-Stevens Point.

St. Catherine snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Concordia (Wis.) on Saturday. Senior wing Morgan Tentis (Victoria, Minn. | Chanhassen) assisted on the first two goals of the game to raise her season point total to four.

Saint Mary's first-year Ary Ziakas (Palatine, Ill.) recorded her first collegiate shutout last Saturday, stopping all 24 shots she faced in the team's 3-0 win over UW-Stevens Point.

St. Olaf ended its run at Northfield Ice Arena with the 2018 finale against Concordia on December 1. The Oles are poised to begin the new year in a new home, with St. Olaf hosting Wis.-River Falls at the brand new on-campus St. Olaf Ice Arena on January 4, 2019.

Undefeated St. Thomas returns to the ice on Wednesday night for the first time in a week and a half. The Tommies will host another nationally-ranked squad in Wis.-River Falls. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

LEAGUE LEADERS

2018-19 MIAC Statistical Leaders
Overall MIAC
Goals Bre Simon, Hamline 9 Multiple 5
Assists Bre Simon, Hamline 12 Bre Simon, Hamline 10
Points Bre Simon, Hamline 21 Bre Simon, Hamline 14
Save % Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas 0.984 Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas 0.992
GAA Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas 0.31 Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas 0.17