St. Thomas received three of the four weekly honorees on Monday for MIAC Athlete of the Week in the sports of hockey and basketball:
- In women's hockey, junior goalie Kenzie Torpy was honored, the second MIAC weekly award of her career;
- In men's hockey, the weekly recipient was junior goalie Benjamin Myers, the second MIAC weekly award of his career;
- In women's basketball, junior center Hannah Spaulding was the award winner, the first MIAC weekly award of her career.
Torpy (shown below) slowed first-place Augsburg as she stopped 48 of 49 shots to help the Toms take a tie and a shutout win on the weekend series. The Oregon, Wis., native stopped 24 of 25 in Friday's 1-1 overtime tie, then recorded her 40th career win and eighth career shutout in Saturday's 4-0 win at Augsburg, with 24 saves. She helped kill of all nine Auggie power plays in the 125 minutes in goal. Augsburg came into the weekend averaging 3.4 goals and had a 6-1 record. Torpy has allowed four goals in six MIAC games thus far for an 0.66 goal-against average.
Myers led unranked St. Thomas to two one-goal wins over No. 3-ranked and previously unbeaten Augsburg. The Auggies came into the series 8-0 and in the top five nationally in scoring at five goals per game. Myers, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., recorded 41 saves in Friday's 2-0 road win (capped by late empty net goal). It was the first time Augsburg was shutout in its last 70 games. In Saturday's 5-4 home victory, Myers stopped 37 shots, including 15 of 16 in the final period. On the weekend he saved 77 of 81 shots and helped kill off seven of eight Augsburg power plays. Myers allowed 14 goals in three games against the NCAA tournament-bound Auggies last season.
Spaulding averaged 19.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in a pair of road wins that came in a 24-hour span. The Annandale, Minn., native had 17 points,16 boards three assists and two steals in 27 minutes in a 24-point defeat of UW-Stevens Point on Friday night, and came back the next afternoon with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 20-point win at Hamline. Spaulding made 16-of-20 shots from the floor and 7-of-8 from the foul line. She leads MIAC players in scoring per game and field-goal percentage, and is a close fourth in rebounding per game.
St. Thomas Women's Hockey takes a 8-2-1 record and No. 9 national ranking into a Dec. 13 home game against No. 5-ranked UW-River Falls.
St. Thomas Men's Hockey takes a 5-3-1 record and a three-game winning streak into next Friday's home game against Finlandia.
St. Thomas Women's Basketball takes a 4-1 record and No. 7 national ranking into Wednesday night's home game Bethel.