Women’s hockey makes a shot at the championship

Levi Jones, Sports Editor

After having won the MIAC championship title and taking third in the nation, Hamline was no longer an underdog. With higher expectations, the pressure was on for Hamline to repeat their success. Women’s Hockey had another shot at taking home the title of MIAC Champions.

In the regular season, the team held a record of 20-2-3, their only losses came from Gustavus Adolphus and St.Thomas. At home, in the new TRIA Rink built just last year, the team only lost one game. Outside of the conference, the Pipers were undefeated. This set the team as the second seed in the MIAC playoffs. In one game against Concordia in February, Hamline scored a season high of 10 points, sweeping the Cobbers.

In total, the team took 1,046 shots on goal during the season and scored 118 points, averaging 4.4 points per game. The team also excelled on defense, only allowing 520 shots on their own goal and allowing only 41 points to be scored on them the whole year. Their top scorer was junior Bre Simon with a total of 59 points.

The playoffs began with Hamline eliminating Augsburg 6-1. With St.Thomas beating Gustavus Adolphus 4-0, the championship game was set. It would be Hamline, ranked fifth in the nation, against St.Thomas, who was ranked first. The game was tight and Hamline held strong, with more shots on goal than the Tommies. Despite this, Hamline fell 0-2 and St.Thomas ended up winning the title, but with the NCAA III playoffs coming up, there may still be hope for the Pipers.

Melanie Hopkins
Senior Leah Schwarzman weaves the puck past a St.Thomas defender at the MIAC Championship game.
Melanie Hopkins
A battle for the puck ensues behind the St.Thomas net as junior Bre Simon guards it from a Tommie.
Melanie Hopkins
Surrounded by a swarm of Tommies, first-year Molly Garin fights to push the puck towards the opponent’s goal.