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Women's Hockey gets No. 10 slot in preseason poll

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon


USCHO preseason poll


Tommie Women's Hockey is ranked No. 10 in the 2018-19 preseason poll for Division III by U.S. College Hockey Online.

Hamline (No. 4) and Gustavus (No. 7) are other MIAC teams in the poll.

Coach Tom Palkowski returns 17 players from a 16-3-6 team, led by three-year starting goalie Kenzie Torpy, after graduating five seniors. The Tommies also have a junior transfer at forward with 52 career games on her resume, plus seven freshmen.

The three defeats in 2017-18 were tied for second fewest among all NCAA men's and woemn's teams.

Top St. Thomas leadership roles for this season were designated to seniors Heidi Hannula and Demi Cooper, plus junior Anna Williams.

A repeat All-MIAC pick last winter, Cooper contributed three goals and nine assists in 2017-18. In 57 career games she has seven goals and 20 assists. Hannula has played in 81 career games and has one goal and 11 assists. Williams had 10 points last season and in 54 games has four goals and 20 assists.

Bethel transfer Sarah Moy recorded 14 goals in her first two seasons with the Royals.

The Tommies open play this season on home ice next Friday night and Saturday afternoon with a pair of non-conference tests against Lake Forest (Ill.). They start conference play with a Nov. 9-10 series against St. Mary's.


2017-18 Recap

St. Thomas played its best hockey in the final stretch and was able to tie Gustavus for the MIAC championship.

All-America and MIAC Player of the Year Allison Borgstrom switched positions from defense to forward to help the cause. Borgstrom closed her career as she won the program's 13th All-America honor in the last 15 seasons.

The Tommies went unbeaten in their last 13 games with an 8-0-5 closing run in January and February. They also went 5-0-3 in their last eight road games.

Backup goalie Paige Kittelson, another May graduate, stepped in for a spell to relieve injured Kenzie Torpy and went 5-0-2 during the closing 8-0-5 unbeaten streak.

Over the last 11 games last winter, then sophomore Rachel Werdin contributed 13 goals and eight assists, and then freshman Alyssa Wallace added seven goals and eight assists.

St. Thomas' 16-3-6 final record made it 18 consecutive winning seasons for the program. The three season losses set a program record for fewest defeats.

The stingy Toms allowed two or less goals in 19 of 25 contests last winter.

Over the last five seasons, the St. Thomas women have won all four MIAC playoff titles they competed in, and won or shared three of five conference regular-season championships.