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Women's Hockey Holds Off Late Finlandia Comeback
Posted: Friday, February 18, 2005
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire women's hockey team scored four unanswered goals and held off a late comeback effort from Finlandia in defeating the Lions 4-3 here tonight at Hobbs Ice Center.
The Blugolds improve to 13-8-1 on the year and 3-5-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with the win. Finlandia falls to 3-16-1 with the loss. Eau Claire can lock up the fourth spot in the NCHA playoffs with a win or tie tomorrow over the Lions.
Eau Claire fell behind in the first period as Finlandia scored with less than five minutes remaining in the opening stanza. The Blugolds came back to score the next four goals over the next two periods.
Amanda Schultz (Jr.-Stevens Point/SPASH) started the Eau Claire scoring taking a Christa Hubert (Sr.-Blaine, MN) pass and putting it past the goalie 4:28 into the second period. Karen Hebert (So.-Lakeville, MN/Holy Angels) added a power play goal with less than three minutes left in the second period to send Eau Claire into the third period leading 2-1.
Schultz scored her team-best 14th goal early in the final period to give the Blugolds a two-goal cushion. Martina Korinek (So.-White Bear Lake, MN) took a Laura Brackey (Jr.-Oakdale, MN/Tartan) pass in front of the net and scored her fifth goal of the year to put Eau Claire up 4-1. Finlandia scored two goals in the final five minutes but the Blugolds held off the Lions for their team-best 13th win.
The Blugolds outshot Finlandia 37-19 including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. Jill Arendt (Fr.-Plymouth, MN/Wayzata) played all 60 minutes in goal stopping 16 shots.
Eau Claire will attempt to lock up the final spot in the NCHA playoffs when they host Finlandia tomorrow. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m.
- JL -