Playoff hopes still alive for Women’s Hockey

John Kipper, Staff Writer

Last weekend, the Women’s Hockey team had a two-game series with Gustavus with the first game ending in a 1-1 draw and the second game a tough 3-1 loss. With an overall record of 9-5-3 (4-3-3 in conference play), the Auggies are 5th in the MIAC with 11 points.
In the first game, senior netminder Rebecca Sonnek stonewalled Gustavus, making 27 saves during regulation and another 9 in the overtime period. The team defense was stellar with the penalty kill preventing Gustavus from scoring on four different occasions. Offensively, Augsburg managed 25 shots on net with the lone goal coming from Taral Clayton’s shot being deflected by Jeanette Bealke.
The second game saw the Auggies falter, hampered by penalties which Gustavus capitalized upon, the Gusties scored two of their three goals on the power play. The only goal for the Auggies came in the third period from Bridget Wagner with the assists going to Emily Ach and Nikki Nightengale.
Going forward, Augsburg goes on the road this Friday to play St. Olaf and then hosts the St. Olaf at the Ed on Saturday. St. Olaf has managed only one conference win so far this season, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Auggies to pick up a couple wins and much needed points to climb higher in MIAC standings.

This article first appeared in the Friday, January 26, 2018, Edition of The Echo.