The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s hockey team shut out St. Scholastica Friday, but fell to them the following night. Junior forward Brooke Hanson led the way for the host Pointers contributing to both scores in the 2-0 win on Friday as well as the first score of Saturday’s 3-2 loss.
“On Saturday we got a two goal lead and felt complacent, we let up for about ten minutes and that killed us,” Hanson said. “We need to string together 60 minutes to be successful.”
Hanson scored the first goal of the game on Friday early in the second period unassisted. Hanson then assisted the next goal scored by sophomore forward Allie Tanzer in the third period. The goal brought Tanzer to double digit points on the season, joining three other players in that category including Hanson.
The Pointers committed five penalties totaling ten minutes, but St. Scholastica was unable to take advantage, missing all five shots on goal during that period. The Pointers also failed to take advantage of St. Scholastica’s penalties with three power play shots during the six minutes of penalties committed by the Saints.
“We have been pushing ourselves and each other harder in practice to become consistent during the game,” Hanson said. Freshman goalie Janna Beilke-Skoug recorded 17 saves and her seventh win of the season.
On Saturday, Hanson scored with just over seven minutes remaining in the first period off an assist by senior defender Ariel Novak. In the second period, Novak and freshman defender Nicole Shaub assisted senior forward Erin Marvin.
The two assists for Novak accounted for two of the senior Captain’s four points on the season. The next three goals came in favor of the Saints, the first less than five minutes after the Marvin goal. Sophomore defender Frankie Bergman set up sophomore forward Michelle Fischer for the 2-1 score in favor of Point.
The tying goal came late in the second period when sophomore forward Jordy Klimek scored unassisted. The winning goal came when freshman defender Kaitlin Johnston scored off of an assist by freshman defender Alex Blair.
Beilke-Skoug recorded 25 saves in the loss but did not allow a short-handed goal in the series.
With Friday’s win, the Pointers took a one game lead over St. Scholastica but the Saints would even the record at 8-3-1 with Saturday’s win creating a three way tie for third place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
“We need to win the rest of our conference games, so when it comes to seeding for playoffs we have a good chance to host,” Hanson said. “We fell short of hosting by one or two points the last couple of seasons.”
The Pointers have a good chance to get ahead in the rankings this weekend when they face off against the University of Wisconsin-Superior, whom the Saints and Pointers are tied with in the conference. The puck drops at 7:00 p. m. at Superior.