January 18, 2009

Pipers fall despite last minute attack

The host Oles wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the fifth minute of the game to go up 2-0. Kate Raasch (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) then cut the lead to 2-1 at 17:03 with a power play goal. Brianna Miller (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.) and Shannon Griswold (Jr., Portland, Ore.) earned the assists on the score.

St. Olaf returned to score goals at 3:14 and 14:12 in the second period, building up a 4-1 lead.

The Pipers then started chipping away at the St. Olaf lead in the third period, as a Griswold pass to Brianna Miller on a power play at 5:21 brought the score to 4-2. Just seconds later, at 5:47, Erin Kastner (Fy., Fairbault, Minn.) cut the lead to 4-3 on an assist from Alli Miller (So., Fairbault, Minn.).

The final two minutes of the game brought the fans to their feet, as with 1:57 left in the game, the Oles went on a power play. Shortly after that, with 1:18 remaining on the clock, the Pipers drew an Ole penalty, and pulled their goalie to gain the skater advantage.

Hamline was able to gain a 6-on-3 skater advantage with another Ole penalty with 9.9 seconds on the clock, but couldn't get the puck in the net to send the game to overtime.

With the MIAC loss, the Pipers fall to 6-8-1, 2-5-1 MIAC while St. Olaf College improves to 5-5-3, 5-4-1 MIAC. Hamline will return home on Friday, January 23, to host Bethel at 7:15 p.m.