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Women's hockey opens new year with tie

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

DULUTH - St. Thomas women's hockey dusted off the skates following a three and a half week break from competition on Saturday night when it took on St. Scholastica at Mars Lakeview Arena.  The Tommies skated to a 2-2 tie with the Saints and move to 8-3-2 on the year. 

The Tommies held the lead on two occasions on Saturday night, the first of which came near the halfway point of the second period.  Playing in her first game as a Tommie, freshman Mikayla Kero scored her first goal with 10:28 gone in the second to give the Purple a 1-0 lead. 

St. Scholastica answered seven minutes later when Amanda Broman took advantage of a St. Thomas penalty and scored on the power play to even the game. Gretan Nundahl and Kaleigh Hamann recorded assists on the score.

Although the Tommies outshot the Saints 21-10 in the second period, the two teams went to the second intermission tied 1-1. 

Senior captain Allie Borgstrom broke the tie in the fifth minute of the third period when she scored thanks to an assist from Sam Auman.  Borgstrom's eighth goal of the year gave the Tommies a 2-1 lead and the momentum in the final frame.  

But a penalty plagued the Tommies again late in the period.  St. Thomas, who committed eight penalties on the night and allotted seven power play chances to Saints, went down a skater at the 17:10 mark and allowed the game-tying goal 12 seconds later.  

The two teams went to overtime, but neither squad was able to break the tie in the five-minute extra period as the evening's contest finished in the 2-2 draw. 

St. Thomas outshot St. Scholastica 44-21 on the night, but went 0-for-5 on the power play compared to a 2-for-7 mark for the Saints.

In goal, Kenzie Torpy tallied 19 saves for the Tommies, while Lexi Thomeczek racked up 42 saves . 

The Tommie women will be back on the ice next weekend for a pivotal MIAC series against fifth-ranked Gustavus.