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Faber's Hat-Trick Leads Women's Hockey To Victory
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2008
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Down 1-0 after one period of play, the UW-Eau Claire women's hockey team fought back to a 7-1 victory over Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) opponent Finlandia University (Mich.) at Hobbs Ice Center tonight.
Freshman Kristin Faber (Austin, Minn.) came up big for the Blugolds, scoring the game-winning goal in the second and adding two more in the third for the first hat-trick of her career. The game-winning goal and the one that followed were both short-handed. Scoring two short-handed goals is a team record and ties an NCAA Division III record with three other players. Additionally, the last time a Blugold had a hat-trick was on February 3, 2006 when Amanda Schultz scored one against St. Catherine. Oddly enough, Eau Claire also scored seven goals in that game, which is the last time the Blugolds have scored that many. A hat-trick has only been scored nine other times by five players in program history.
Shannon Nelson (Fr.-Blaine, Minn.) scored her first goal of the season to get the Blugolds on the board early in the second to tie the game 1-1. Faber then added a short-handed, game-winning goal, her sixth overall goal of the season. Nelson would again score, also a short-handed goal, in the second to increase Eau Claire's lead.
Only 19 seconds into the third, Faber would again find the net to score another short-handed goal. The three short-handed goals in a game is a record for the Blugolds and also ties an NCAA Division III record for most in a game with two other schools. Previously, the most short-handed goals the Blugolds scored were two against St. Olaf on November 25, 2000. Faber's third goal for the hat-trick was scored about five minutes later on a power-play. The Blugolds would find the net two more times with Christine Dickinson (Fr.-Layton, Utah/Shattuck St. Mary's) and Meghan Lorenz (Fr.-Minnetonka, Minn./Wayzata) scoring 16 seconds apart with less than two minutes remaining to seal the deal.
Eau Claire outshot the Lions 27-11 tonight. Danika Porter (Fr.-Rosemount, Minn./South St. Paul) played all 60 minutes in net and had 10 saves.
The Blugolds are now 9-8-0 overall and 6-4-0 in the NCHA. Finlandia falls to 2-7-1 in conference play and 5-10-1 overall. Eau Claire is now 5-0-2 all-time against the Lions.
Eau Claire will be back on the ice tomorrow night when they will again face Finlandia. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. at Hobbs Ice Center.
- KM -