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Rally keeps Women's Hockey alone atop MIAC

Mike Ekern photo
Mike Ekern photo

Rachel Werdin recorded a goal and an assist in the third period to lift No. 1-ranked St. Thomas to Saturday's 2-1 home victory over St. Ben's in MIAC women's hockey play in Mendota Heights.

The Tommies (21-0-2 overall, 14-0-2 MIAC) still lead Hamline by two points heading into next weekend's key conference series.

The comeback win pushed the Purple unbeaten streak to 36 games (29-0-7) and ran their home-ice win streak to 14. This was the Toms' fourth one-goal victory of the season.

Werdin has scored 10 goals and five assists during St. Thomas' 10-0-2 run since the holiday break.

The Blazers scored midway through period two for a 1-0 lead. Katie Winiecki's tying goal 3:35 into the third period evened the score.

With under 6:00 left in regulation, Werdin converted off a fast break to score what was the winning goal.

Kenzie Torpy stopped 14 shots to gain her 65th career victory while playing in her 97th career game in net. She's led a defense that has allowed just 18 goals in 23 games and limited opponents to two or less goals in 22 of 23 games.

The first Hamline-Tommie game is set for Friday in Mendota Heights (7:30 p.m.), with game two of the series Saturday in downtown St. Paul at the Tria Rink (2 p.m.).