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Women's Hockey Ties St. Thomas 3-3
By: BJ Pickard, Sports Information Student
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (UWECBlugolds.com) - The UW-Eau Claire women's hockey team tied eighth-ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) 3-3 in Saturday afternoon's matchup at Hobbs Ice Center.
The Tommies outshot Eau Claire 37-28 in the game. Eau Claire finished with six penalties while St. Thomas recorded seven. St. Thomas capitalized on power-plays, however, scoring two goals in their six opportunities.
St. Thomas scored first on a power-play, but Eau Claire's Emily Haluska (Fr.-Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) answered with her first goal of the season at the 10:33 mark in the first period. Kristin Faber (Jr.-Austin, Minn.) and Kelli Johnson (Jr.-Farmington, Minn.) were credited with assists on the play.
Two minutes later, Christine Dickinson (Jr.-Layton, Utah/Shattuck-St. Mary's) scored a short-handed goal off an assist from Beth Dittrich (Sr.-Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area). The Tommies would go on to score two goals to go ahead 3-2, but Rita Simones (Jr.-Rosemount, Minn./South St. Paul) and Toni Simones (So.-Rosemount, Minn./South St. Paul) would set Dickinson up for her second goal of the game to tie it 3-3 at 4:08 in the third.
Both teams would get shots on goal in the overtime period, but neither Eau Claire's Danika Porter (Jr.-Rosemount, Minn./South St. Paul) nor St. Thomas' Lauren Bradel would give up the winning goal. Both goalies played all 65 minutes, each giving up three goals. Bradel came away with 25 saves, while Porter collected 34 in the game.
After the tie, the Blugolds become 1-1-1 on the year. The team is off until Friday Nov. 13, when they travel to Winona, Minn. for a matchup with St. Mary's University (Minn.). The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.