Granted, they did it the hard way. But a win -- no matter how hard you hard to fight to get it -- is always satisfying. The Piper women pucksters unloaded a season high 47 shots on goal Friday night but it took a three-goal final period to subdue Marian, 3-2, in the opening game of a two-game set at Warner Coliseum.
Sarah Schneekloth recorded 17 saves to get her first win of the year as Hamline improved to 2-6-1 overall.
Despite a 31-11 edge in shots on goal in the first two periods, the Pipers trailed 2-0. Corinne Henning started the comeback at 4:20, converting passes from Megan Campbell and Katie Valimont. It took nine minutes to tie the game with Jessica Kraus getting the marker at 13:34.
It took just 29 seconds to untie the game. Jordan Verleye finished off play with Henning and Haley Johnson to give the Pipers the lead and their first win of the season in three tries at the Coliseum. Ironically, Ashley Maskel, who led the offensive attack with seven shots on goal, didn't end up on the scoresheet.
The 47 shots on goal were the most recorded by a Hamline women's hockey team since firing a school record 63 at Chatham January 6, 2007.
The same teams will face off Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Coliseum.