It was the sort of a game a coach wishes he could bottle. Instead, all HU coach Steve DeBus and hope it is a sing of things to come. His women's hockey team came 1.5 seconds of a shutout in winning their first conference game of the season, 3-1, over Augsburg at Warner Coliseum. Hamline has lost just once in his last six games and improved their overall record to 5-7-2 heading to Saturday's 2 p.m. rematch at Augsburg Arena.
The five wins is one more than they achieved all of last season.
The Pipers came out of the gate, outshooting the Auggies, 14-6 in the first period. They didn't score in that frame but they potted a pair in the middle session. Sam Berger broke the ice when she batted in a loose puck at 8:38. Erin Kastner and Jessica Kraus drew the assists. Eight minutes later, Jordan Verleye redirected Ashley Maskel's shot to make it 2-0.
In the third period, HU kept up the attack. Corinne Henning's shorthanded breakaway at 16:29 for her team high 5th goal of the season put the game away. The only drama left was regarding HU goalie Sarah Schneekloth's bid for a shutout. She nearly got it, too. Augsburg's lone goal came with 1.5 seconds on the clock.
It did little to dull the effort, which saw Hamline outshoot their guests, 39-27, for the night. After going winless in their first 14 all-time meetings with Augsburg, Hamline has now won four of the last five encounters between the two schools.
Saturday's is available via webcast or live stats. Click here for the link.