EAU CLAIRE, Wis.
– First year Jackie LaFaive
scored the first two goals of her collegiate career and classmate Maddie Anderson
added her first collegiate tally, but the St. Olaf College women's hockey team dropped a 7-4 contest to No. 10 UW-Eau Claire on Tuesday evening at Hobbs Ice Center.
Anderson gave St. Olaf (0-11-1) a 1-0 lead on the power play at 8:03 of the first period with her first goal as an Ole, but UW-Eau Claire (9-3-2) scored three times in the remainder of the period to seize control. LaFaive netted a goal in each of the final two periods and Xandi Swedberg
was also on the scoresheet for St. Olaf, which was playing its fifth game against a nationally-ranked opponent this season.
Sophomore Olivia Keske
and senior forward Jessica Krysik
recorded their first-career points for St. Olaf with assists, while sophomore Bridget Barnett
picked up her second assist as an Ole.
UW-Eau Claire limited St. Olaf to one shot on goal in the opening period, but Anderson made it count by scoring from Keske and Barnett at 8:03 of the first to give the Oles the lead. The Blugolds answered on an Emily Bauer goal just 1:39 later and went on to take a 3-1 lead after one following goals from Erin Goodell and Monica Sjodin.
Morgan Zirbel stretched UW-Eau Claire's lead to 4-1 2:30 into the second period before LaFaive got her first of the night unassisted at 12:46. Trailing 5-2 after two, Swedberg scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season at 3:20 of the third to get the Oles back within two goals, with Mary Kate Eiden
and Anderson earning assists on the senior's tally.
Down 5-3, St. Olaf had a chance to get within a goal midway through the third with a power-play opportunity, but Zirbel put away her second of the night shorthanded to make it a 6-3 lead for the hosts. LaFaive got the goal back 15 seconds later with a power-play goal set up by Krysik before Ella Lerino capped the high-scoring game five and a half minutes later for the Blugolds.
St. Olaf's four goals were there most this season, surpassing the team's three-goal total in a 4-3 defeat to Concordia College (Minn.) back on Nov. 30. The Oles' two power-play goals brought their total to six in their last seven games.
UW-Eau Claire outshot St. Olaf 52-22 in the game, thanks in large part to a 23-1 advantage in the first period. Sophomore Kaitlyn Pellicci
made 34 saves over the first two periods before first year Grace Boswell-Healey
stopped 11 shots in the third. Anna Veazey earned the victory with 18 saves for the Blugolds.
St. Olaf returns to Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) play on Friday, Jan. 11 when St. Catherine University visits St. Olaf Ice Arena for the first time for a 7 p.m. start on Youth Girls Hockey Night. Youth girls hockey players and their families will receive free admission and free small popcorn at the game, which will also feature giveaways and on-ice contests.