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Women's Hockey storms to MIAC playoff finals

Women's Hockey storms to MIAC playoff finals


Playing in goal in her 100th college game, St. Thomas senior Kenzie Torpy stopped all 23 shots for her first career postseason shutout and led the top-seed Tommies to a 4-0 win over fourth-seed Gustavus in the semifinal round of the MIAC playoffs in Mendota Heights.

The Tommies' 12-year head coach Tom Palkowski reached 200 victories in the win. That moved him to a 200-85-36 record (73-21-15 over the last four seasons). His St. Thomas teams have won four regular-season and four playoff crowns so far in the last six seasons.

The No. 1-ranked Tommies (23-1-2) have won 10 consecutive MIAC playoff games over the last six seasons and improved to 18-0-2 on home ice since December 2017. They will play Saturday March 3 at home in the playoff championship against Hamline. The host and No. 4-ranked Pipers scored a 6-1 win over Augsburg.

This will be the Tommies' fifth MIAC playoff title game in six seasons.

Alyssa Wallace and Maddy Fiedler each contributed a goal and an assist for St. Thomas. The Purple scored three times in a 6:33 span early in the third period -- with Allison Parnell, Fiedler and Kate Winiecki scoring even-strenth goals -- to extend a 1-0 lead to 4-0.

Torpy and her teammates have 12 shutouts on the season and 21 on her career.

Gustavus (16-6-5) had a 10-game unbeaten streak snapped (7-0-3).