St. Thomas (15-8-2) finished third in the10-team MIAC race and holds the No. 3-seed for this week’s five-team playoffs. UST travels to Moorhead Thursday to face the No. 2-seed, No. 10-ranked Concordia Cobbers (14-4-5). Game time is 7 p.m.
The winner plays in Saturday’s playoff title game, either at No. 1 Gustavus or at home against No. 5 Bethel.
The Tommie-Cobber game will have live stats and live audio that can be accessed here:
This marks the Tommies’ 12th trip to the conference playoffs in 14 seasons. UST has made the finals eight times with one championship.
The Cobbers won both previous 2011-12 games, Dec. 2-3 in Mendota Heights – 2-1 and 4-1, the latter with an empty-net goal.
Over the last three seasons, when UST allows three or more goals in a game, it has just a 1-14-1 record. When it allows two or less in that span, it’s a combined 39-13-8
Since the Cobber losses, UST is 14-4 in its last 18 games, with just 16 goals allowed in that span. Sophomore goalie Alise Riedel has five shutouts and has a 1.37 GAA with a 14-6-2 record and .946 save percentage.
UST went 0-4 vs. Gustavus and Concordia; tied ranked UW-Superior, 3-3; and beat ranked UW-River Falls, 3-1.
UST’s Tom Palkowski is in his 25th season of coaching, and in year five as St. Thomas head coach (79-38-13 all games, 61-20-9 conference regular season) after working nine as a UST assistant.
The Tommie senior class secured its fourth MIAC playoff berth and locked up its fourth top-three conference finish. In the seniors’ era, St. Thomas is 58-32-13 (47-16-9 in conference regular season).
Counting her first season at Bemidji State, UST senior forward Kaylee Keys will play her 100th career game Thursday. She has scored 30 goals and 29 assists, including 26 goals and 24 assists in three seasons with the Toms.
Senior defender Meghan Parker, a two-timeAll-MIAC first teamer, has played in 98 career games and has scored 20 goals and 42 assists. She ranks 11th in UST career scoring at 62 points.
Two other seniors -– past All-MIAC honorees Taylor Schluter and Jamie Tiede -– each played their 100th and 101st career games last weekend in the sweep of Hamline.
Schluter played in 101 career games and has scored 23 goals and 40 assists. She ranks 10h in UST career scoring at 63 points. Tiede has played in 101 games with 26 goals and 26 assists.