Pipers Clinch MIAC Gome Playoff Game with Win Over St. Mary's

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There is something about the second period that seems to bring out the best in the Hamline women's hockey team. For the second time in 17 hours, the Pipers used a fusillade of goals in the middle period to break open a tight game with St. Mary's. Hamline's 6-0 win at TRIA Rink Saturday afternoon pushed the Pipers to 18-3-2 overall. More importantly, HU retains their first place position in the MIAC with a 13-2-1 record.

No matter what happens  next weekend when the Pipers play a home and home set with St. Thomas, they are guaranteed to open the MIAC playoffs on home ice Saturday, February 24. 

As was the cased the night before in Winona, the first period rocked back and forth. Also, as happened the night before, Becca Zarembinski broke the scoreless tie with a goal, a  solo shorthanded effort in the final minute of the period.

In the second, HU broke loose for four goals, two of which came on power plays. Darby Dodds started the outburst with a whistling shot into the upper corner of the net at 1:16. Ten minutes later, Leah Schwartzman broke in alone to make it 3-0. Bre Simon connected for her D-III leading 28th goal of the season at 13:04 and Zarembinski potted her second of the game two minutes later.

Madison Kolbow wrapped up the scoring in the third period. Mckenna Hulslander stopped all 22 shots sent her way in goal to earn her 10th win of the season against just one loss. 

The Pipers finish the 2017-18 regular season next week against St. Thomas. The teams meet at TRIA Rink on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. and will have a rematch on Saturday, February 17 in Mendota Heights at 2:00 p.m.

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