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Ken-do spirit lifts Women's Hockey to MIAC playoff crown

Photo by Ryan Coleman, D3Photography
Photo by Ryan Coleman, D3Photography


Senior Kenzie Torpy stopped all 30 shots and posted her second shutout of the MIAC playoffs to lead top-seed and No. 1-ranked St. Thomas to a 2-0 victory over second-seed and fourth-ranked Hamline in the conference playoff title game Saturday in Mendota Heights.

Sarah Moy had a second-period goal and assisted on Estee Frantz' first-period goal for St. Thomas (24-1-2), which takes the automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs.

The Tommies won the conference playoff crown for the fifth time in six seasons. They also ran their home-ice unbeaten streak to 21 (19-0-2).

Coach Tom Palkowski's team has lost just once -- a 3-2 overtime decision at Hamline two weeks ago -- in their last 40 games (32-1-7). They have allowed two or less in goals in 32 of their last 34 games in regulation time.

Hamline (21-3-3) is expected to receive one of the three at-large NCAA playoff berths when the 10-team national field is announced Monday at 10 a.m. The Pipers, who average more than four goals a game, have only been shutout twice in the last 56 games, both times here in Mendota Heights against Torpy and the Tommies -- late in 2019, and again Saturday.

Torpy and her defensive mates helped kill off all four Hamline power plays.

The Tommies are the first team to shutout both conference playoff opponents in 10 seasons (Gustavus did it in 2009). Torpy has 13 shutouts this winter -- tie for the Division III lead among all goalies -- and 22 on her career. She collected her 68th career win.

St. Thomas Women's Hockey has won 12 MIAC championships -- six regular season and six playoff.