November 21, 2009

VIDEO: Pipers pick up point against Cardinals

For post-game reaction from head coach Garnet Asmundson and Miller, click here. 

The two teams skated the opening 5:48 before the first whistle blew to stop play. That was a sign of things to come for the first period, as there were just six more stoppages before the first intermission.

One of those pauses came for a Saint Mary’s goal at 13:41 from Jamie Henneman (Jr., Countryside, Ill.). Erin Stenseth (Fy., Eau Claire, Wis.) was credited with the assist.

In the second period, a pair of goals within 16 seconds kept the game at a one-goal differential, but made the score 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals.

While the Cardinals were short-handed, the puck got trapped in a Piper’s skates near the blue line in their offensive zone. Katie Cachey (Jr., Orland Park, Ill.) poked the puck away and up to Nicole Olson (So., New Brighton, Minn.). Olson scored the short-handed goal at 14:33.

Just 16 seconds later and still on the power play, the Pipers crashed the net and Haley Johnson (Fy., Bemidji, Minn.) scored on assists from Miller (Jr., Faribault, Minn.) and Seanna Robinson (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba).

The score remained 2-1 in favor of the visitors until, from just outside the crease, Miller one-timed a rebound off of a Melanie Leveille (Sr., Appleton, Wis.) shot for a goal at 8:14 in the third period. Ashley Maskel (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.) was credited with the second assist on the game-tying goal. The score remained tied through regulation, sending the two teams into the five-minute overtime period,

17 seconds into OT, Amanda Plumm (Jr., Lake Elmo, Minn.) stopped a puck on a Cardinal shot right in front of the net to preserve the tie. 20 seconds later, Hamline drew a tripping penalty in front of their bench, giving the Pipers a skater advantage. However, Saint Mary’s was successful on the penalty kill.

The Cardinals got off a shot with .6 seconds remaining that was trapped by Plumm, forcing a final face-off. Stevie Fiek (So., Rochester, Minn.) managed a quick shot off of the faceoff, but Plumm stopped it as time expired to preserve the point in the conference standings.

Plumm had 43 saves in the tie.

The Pipers are now 2-2-1, 0-1-1 MIAC after the conference tie while the Cardinals are 2-3-1, 1-0-1 MIAC. Hamline next plays on Friday, December 4, when they will host St. Olaf at 7:15 p.m.