Wessman Arena unkind to unbeatensCOLLEGE WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Friday was a bad day to be a previously unbeaten team at the NCAA Division III Women’s Frozen Four in Superior.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Friday was a bad day to be a previously unbeaten team at the NCAA Division III Women’s Frozen Four in Superior.
Sixth-ranked Middlebury of Vermont beat previously undefeated and top-ranked Plattsburgh State of New York 4-1 in a national semifinal at Wessman Arena.
And in the late semifinal, another undefeated team fell as Elmira (N.Y.) College edged Gustavus Adolphus of Minnesota 4-3 in overtime.
Elmira will face Middlebury in the title game at 7 p.m. today at Wessman Arena. The third-place game will take place at 3:30 p.m.
Middlebury — which had lost to Plattsburgh twice in the regular season — jumped ahead 1-0 about 10 minutes into the game Friday when Lauren Greer scored a power-play goal. Emily Fluke put the Panthers up 2-0 with a goal 3:40 into the second.
The Cardinals cut the deficit in half on a Chelsea VanGlahn goal just over three minutes into the third period. The score remained 2-1 until late in the game, when a goal by Molly Downey gave the Panthers a two-goal lead at 17:25. Middlebury’s Maggie Woodward added an empty-netter with 17 seconds left to seal the victory for Middlebury (20-7-2), which will play for its fourth national title today, and first since 2006.
Plattsburgh State, which was seeking a third national title after winning it all in 2007 and 2008, finishes the season 26-1-2.
Annabelle Jones made 27 saves for Middlebury. Sydney Aveson had 19 saves for Plattsburgh.
Elmira College 4, Gustavus Adolphus 3, OT
Samantha Curk scored with 38 seconds left in the first overtime to lift the fifth-ranked Soaring Eagles (23-5-1) over the previously unbeaten, second-ranked Gusties (27-1-1).
The two teams entered the third period tied 2-2. Amanda Cartony scored at 11:40 to put the Gusties up 3-2 before Elmira’s Tanis Lamoureux evened the game on a short-handed goal at the 17:09 mark. The two teams battled through most of the 20-minute overtime period before Curk’s game-winner.
Gustavus led in shots on goal 41-26. Lindsey Hibbard had 22 saves for the Gusties; Lauren Sullivan stopped 38 shots for the Soaring Eagles.
Saints’ Waidacher named All-American
St. Scholastica forward Nina Waidacher on Thursday was named to the West Region All-America first team by the American Hockey Coaches Association.
The Arosa, Switzerland, native became the program’s first All-American last season when she was named to the second team. Waidacher led the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association in scoring for a second straight season with 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points. She ranked second in Division III with 1.6 points per game.
Saints teammate Alex Blair of Drake, Saskatchewan, was named second-team All-American. Drake, a defenseman, had seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points.
The NCHA earned five of the six first-team selections, while Plattsburgh State’s Teal Gove was named Division III player of the year. Plattsburgh State coach Kevin Houle was chosen coach of the year.