St. Thomas wins MIAC Women's Hockey Playoff Championship

The Tommies are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
The Tommies are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The University of St. Thomas earned the program's sixth Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Playoff Championship on Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 2 seed Hamline, 2-0, in St. Paul, Minn.

The victory secured UST a berth in the 2019 NCAA Women's Hockey Tournament. The entire national tournament field will be announced at 9:00 a.m. Monday on NCAA.com. The Pipers – currently fifth in the NCAA Division III PairWise rankings – remain a top contender for an at-large bid.

2019 MIAC Women's Hockey Playoffs | Box Score | Photos |

Senior goalie Kenzie Torpy pitched her second consecutive shutout, stopping all 30 of Hamline's shots in 60 minutes between the pipes for St. Thomas. The 2019 MIAC Player of the Year and all-time leader in conference victories kept her opponent off the board for the 13th time this season and 22nd time in her four-year Tommie career. Estee Frantz and Sarah Moy provided the offense for the Toms, with Frantz going up top in the first period and Moy finding the back of the net in the second. Moy joined Anna Erickson in assisting on the first goal of the game, while Shae McLean and Anna Solheim were credited with assists on Moy's goal. First-year forward Molly Garin led the Pipers with seven shots in the game, while Hamline goalie Jaela O'Brien made 26 saves in 59:20 on the ice.

Following the game, St. Thomas received the MIAC Playoff Championship plaque, as well as the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UST will learn its next opponent on Monday morning when the NCAA releases its 2019 national tournament field. Hamline will remain hopeful for an at-large bid to the Tournament.

The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Women's Hockey Playoffs, containing schedules, links, and information on each of the five teams in the field, including scores, stats, and photos. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, the free MIAC mobile app or the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts.

2019 MIAC WOMEN'S HOCKEY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 |
No. 4 Gustavus 5, No. 5 Saint Mary's 0 | Box Score | Recap |

Semifinals | Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 |
No. 1 St. Thomas 4, No. 4 Gustavus 0 | Box Score | Recap |
No. 2 Hamline 6, No. 3 Augsburg 1 | Box Score | Recap |

Championship | Saturday, March 2, 2019 |
No. 2 Hamline at No. 1 St. Thomas | Box Score |