St. Cloud, Minn. – Coming off a stunning 4-2 upset victory against the No. 7 nationally ranked Gustavus yesterday, the Blazers responded with yet another 4-2 victory at home today (Feb. 1), this time coming from behind. After sweeping the best team in the MIAC, the Blazers record improves to 6-13-0 and 3-9-0 in conference play.
Four unanswered goals - including three in the third period - gave the Blazer hockey team the biggest win in program history, just one night after the previous biggest win in program history.
Today's win over Gustavus (12-5-2, 10-2-0 MIAC) gave the Blazers the sweep, and a day after ending the Gusties 30-game MIAC winning streak they hand them their first sweep in conference play since the 2003-04 season.
In the first period, the Gusties jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead after a goal by Amanda Cartony came at 11:45. The Blazers managed to scrape together five shots in the first period, which were all taken by different players. The Gusties totaled 21 shots, giving Blazer goalie Jenna Traut
(St. Cloud, Minn.) 20 saves. The Blazer defense would stiffen, though, allowing just 14 more shots over the final 40 minutes.
The second period started out very slow and it wasn't until after a failed penalty shot attempt by Alli O'Brien
(Stillwater, Minn.), more than 13 minutes into the second period that the Gusties extended their lead to 2-0. The Blazers then responded at 17:39 with their first goal of the game.
(River Falls, Wis.) was awarded the unassisted goal and also led her team with four more shots in the second period. The Blazers took a total of 12 shots in this period fueled by Frey and another two from Siri Berg-Moberg
(St. Paul, Minn.). Traut added another seven saves off of the Gusties eight shots.
In the third period, Berg-Moberg tied the game at 2-2 just less than three minutes into the period with the assists coming from Elli Marvin
(Shoreview, Minn.) and Stephanie Kirk
From there, the two teams battled back and forth until Katie Cristan
(Shoreview, Minn.) took her first goal of the season with an assist from Ally Nielson (Alexandria, Minn.) to give the Blazers a 3-2 lead with eight minutes remaining in the game. After controlling the puck and burning down the clock, the Gusties pulled their goalie with 34 seconds left in the game. Here, Marvin capitalized on the empty net to take her fourth goal of the season and solidify the Blazers win by a score of 4-2.
Traut led her team to victory today and finished the game with 34 saves. Frey led the team in shots with six as Marvin added another four to her team's total of 22. Megan Brettingen
(Mora, Minn.) led the Blazers in the face off circle, taking 11 wins with only five losses.
The Blazers will move on to face off against Hamline next weekend, hosting the Pipers at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7 in St. Cloud, before heading to St. Paul for a 2 p.m. tilt on Feb. 8.