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Women's Hockey storms to MIAC playoff finals

Women's Hockey storms to MIAC playoff finals

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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).