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Women's Hockey is MIAC co-champion

Photo by Sean Donohue
Photo by Sean Donohue

St. Thomas Women's Hockey closed its 2017-18 season with an MIAC co-championship. Coach Tom Palkowski's Tommies scored a 3-0 win over Hamline on home ice Saturday afternoon in Mendota Heights to cap a three-point weekend and knock the Pipers out of the conference lead.

Gustavus used a 7-1 home win over St. Ben's to tie St. Thomas for the MIAC crown.

Hamline came into the series averaging five goals a game but scored just three in two games in a tie and a loss to St. Thomas.

Maddy Fiedler and Rachel Werdin scored goals in a 3:30 span early in period two to stake the Toms to a lead. Alyssa Wallace added an insurance goal in the third period. Junior Kenzie Torpy played 58-plus minutes to get the shutout in net.

This was St. Thomas' fifth MIAC regular-season championship in women's hockey and third in the last five seasons. The Toms have won the last four MIAC playoff titles. It's also MIAC regular-season title No. 420 for St. Thomas.

The Tommies (16-3-6 overall, 12-1-5 MIAC) finished their season with a 16-game conference unbeaten streak (11-1-5), and theor goalies allowed just 23 goals in 18 MIAC contests.

They will not play in the MIAC playoffs or NCAA playoffs due to a self-imposed penalty following an alcohol incident in the March 2017 postseason.

St. Thomas will graduate five seniors -- Allison Borgstrom, Kaylee Druk, Breanna Mahoney, Erika Bjorkman and Paige Kittelson