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Women's Hockey Takes Down No. 10 Superior
Posted: Friday, January 9, 2009
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The UW-Eau Claire women's hockey handed the 10th-ranked UW-Superior Yellowjackets their first conference loss of the season with a 2-1 victory tonight at Hobbs Ice Center.
The Blugolds improve to 8-3-2 overall and 3-2-1 in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play. Superior falls to 7-4-1 on the season and 3-1-1 in conference play. The Yellowjackets came into the game with a 26-3-1 all-time record against the Blugolds, having won eight of the last nine meetings. The last time Eau Claire recorded a win against Superior was January 26, 2007.
Superior got the lead on the Blugolds with an even-strength goal by Jamie McClintock at 18:46 in the first period. The unassisted goal was her first of the season.
The Blugolds then came on strong near the end of the second period. At 16:33, Jackie McKay (Fr.-Franklin Park, Ill./East Leyden) recorded the Blugolds' first goal of the evening, her second of the year, on a power-play. Eau Claire used the shift in momentum to its advantage and found the back of the net again one minute later. With the Blugolds on a power-play, Margaret Campbell (Sr.-Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) scored her second goal of the season to put the Blugolds up 2-1. Lauren Havard (Sr.-San Angelo, Texas/Araphaoe) picked up assists on both goals, while Christine Dickinson (So.-Layton, Utah/Shattuck-St. Mary's) helped on the second.
Superior did not let the Blugolds off easily and put up 18 shots in the third while the Blugolds only accumulated four. The Yellowjackets outshot the Blugolds 39-18 for the game. On the power-play, Superior was 0-4 on the evening while the Blugolds were 2-4. In the third period alone the Yellowjackets had two power-play opportunities but could not capitalize.
Morgan Pieper (Fr.-Williams, Minn./Warroad) had a big game tonight as she recorded 38 saves while allowing one goal. The Blugolds also had a scare with one second to go in the game when Superior put a shot up in the corner of the net but Pieper pulled it out of the air to keep the Blugolds on top. Melissa Kunzelman was in-goal all but 56 seconds for Superior. She stopped 16 Blugold shots, while she allowed two goals. Pieper is now 5-1-1 on the season, while Kunzelman drops to 3-3-0.
The Blugolds will take the ice tomorrow for a conference game against Finlandia University. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. at Hobbs Ice Center.
- KM -