NORTHFIELD, Minn. – First years accounted for all three goals for the St. Olaf College women's hockey team in a 3-3 tie against St. Catherine University on Friday night at St. Olaf Ice Arena.
After St. Catherine (3-10-1, 0-6-1 MIAC) took an early 1-0 lead, two goals from Maddie Anderson and one from Jackie LaFaive gave St. Olaf (0-11-2, 0-5-2 MIAC) a 3-1 lead after two periods. The Wildcats rallied with two goals in the third period to send the game to overtime, as the two teams eventually settled for a point apiece.
Three days after netting her first collegiate points with a goal and an assist against No. 10 UW-Eau Claire, Anderson posted her first-career multi-goal game with two first-period goals. LaFaive scored her third goal in the last two games after netting her first two collegiate goals on Tuesday. Senior Xandi Swedberg earned assists on all three goals to bring her team-leading point tally to 11 for the season.
The teams exchanged goals in the first 2:30 of the game, with Brede Postier scoring her first of two goals on the night just 1:50 in for the Wildcats to put the visitors ahead with the first shot on goal of the game. Just 40 seconds later, Anderson answered for St. Olaf, firing the puck home after a scrum in front of the net following chances for Swedberg and linemate Mary Kate Eiden.
Anderson doubled her tally and gave the Oles the lead 6:03 later at 8:33 of the opening period, scoring again on the backhand in front of the net. St. Olaf stretched its lead to 3-1 with just 1:24 left in the second period, when LaFaive jammed the puck home in front to send the Oles to the locker room ahead by two goals.
In the third, St. Catherine rallied with Postier's second goal of the night at 6:15 and one from MacKenzie Ess at 14:34 to tie it up. In overtime, junior Sam Klemann made a pair of saves 45 seconds apart in the final three minutes to keep the game tied at 3-3.
Klemann finished the night with 38 saves, one shy of her career high, to record her fourth-straight game with at least 35 stops. Bryce Boreen compiled 25 saves for the Wildcats.
The Oles and Wildcats complete their weekend series on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Drake Arena in St. Paul at 1 p.m.