Women’s hockey stymies St. Benedict

John Kipper, Staff Writer

The Augsburg women’s hockey team extended their point streak to 10 after a win and tie against the College of St. Benedict (CSB). The Auggies improved to 11-6-4 overall with a conference record 8-3-3. Augsburg is currently in third place with 19 points in the MIAC standings.

In the first game, Augsburg won on the road 3–1, improving their formidable away record to 8–2. CSB took a 1–0 lead in the second, but senior Valerie Whichello tied the game roughly two minutes later with the assist going to Megan Johnson. Five minutes later, first-year Kendra Robinson scored the first goal of her collegiate career, with juniors Bridgette Wagner and Nikki Nightengale registering the assists. Two minutes later, senior Jacie Hoehn lit the lamp a final time for the Auggies, assisted by junior Annie Jurgens.

In the second game, CSB took an early lead as Shelby Schneider scored on the first shot of the game in the first period. Unfortunately, CSB goaltender Kailee Medved stood on her head, making 40 saves and limited Augsburg to one goal. The lone score came from Nightengale, assisted by juniors Jeanette Bealke and Hollywood Hermanson. Nightengale currently leads the team and all MIAC defenders in goals scored this season (10). Besides the early goal, Augsburg’s defense was stellar, limiting CSB to 12 shots, 11 of which were stopped by junior goaltender Annie Jurgens. In the two games, the Auggies outshot CSB 82–28.

Up next for Augsburg is a two-game series against St. Catherine’s University before they close the season out against Concordia-Moorhead.