DULUTH, Minn. – A long weekend road trip did not start the way the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team envisioned. The Falcons began a two-day trip where they will play in two different states (neither one Wisconsin) with a 3-0 setback against the College of St. Scholastica Friday afternoon.
The Saints scored once in the second period and added two goals in the third, the last being an empty netter to take the three-goal victory in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association contest. The win puts the Saints in sole possession of first place in the league for the moment as they entered the day in a three-way tie with Adrian and Lake Forest.
The opening period saw plenty of defense and little play stoppage as neither team scored nor committed a penalty through 20 minutes. Junior Jennifer DeGeorge (Waukesha, Wis.) made seven first-period saves for the Falcons, while Lindsey Hartfiel recorded eight of her 22 stops for the Saints.
CSS got on the board first 5:33 into the second period when Monika Waidacher netted a power play goal. Waidacher's score was assisted by Nikki Logergren and Michelle Fischer.
CSS (12-6-3, 10-3-2 NCHA) would hold just a one-goal lead for the remaining of the second and the first half of the final stanza before scoring another power play goal with 9:23 remaining in the game. Alex Blair tallied the score for the Saints, giving them a perfect 2-for-2 game on the power play. CSS would close out the game with an empty net goal with 1:01 left from Michelle Rebeck.
DeGeorge finished the game with 22 saves for CUW, while Hartfiel stopped all 22 shots she faced. The game was fast moving as the teams combined for just four penalties, each committing two minors. Special teams proved to be the difference with the Saints converting on both of their power play opportunities.
CUW (6-13-1, 4-8-1 NCHA) will hit the road to Hancock, Mich. where it will meet Finlandia University for another NCHA contest tomorrow afternoon. Puck is set to drop at 1:00 p.m. CST and live coverage links are available at CUWFalcons.com.