McCullen scores hat trick for St. Olaf on Senior Day in tie against Bethel

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NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Senior Kalli McCullen netted her first-career hat trick on her Senior Day for the St. Olaf College women's hockey team in a 4-4 tie against Bethel University on Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf Ice Arena.

St. Olaf (0-20-3, 0-13-3 MIAC) came from a goal down three times over the first two periods to tie the game at 3-3 after three. McCullen's third goal of the afternoon put the Oles ahead at 11:08 of the third period, but Bailey Thompson scored with 3:27 remaining in the final period for Bethel (6-12-4, 3-9-4 MIAC) to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session, both teams had a power-play opportunity, but neither was able to tally a winning goal. Junior Sam Klemann made five of her career-high 48 saves in the overtime period for the Oles.

Bethel opened the scoring just 1:06 into the game as Sarina Goos found the back of the net for her first of two goals in the game with the first shot of the contest. St. Olaf quickly answered back when first year Jackie LaFaive grabbed her fifth goal of the season 40 seconds later by causing a turnover just inside the Royals' zone before firing the puck in from the edge of the right circle.

The Royals made it three goals in the first 3:26 of the game by reclaiming the lead on Courtney Johnston's third goal of the weekend. Three of the game's first four shots resulted in goals.

McCullen tied the game at 2-2 with a breakaway goal at 7:17 of the first period. The senior tipped away a pass in the defensive zone, outraced a Bethel defenseman at center ice and deked out the goalie by shifting the puck onto her forehand to send the teams to the first intermission tied.

Goos tallied her second goal of the afternoon at 9:26 of the second period, but that lead was also short-lived, as McCullen got her second of the game 2:14 later to tie the game for a third time. Senior Molly Andrews started the play by sending the puck up ice, where senior Xandi Swedberg tipped it to McCullen on the right for a 3-on-1. McCullen's centering pass and initial shot were denied, but she jammed home a loose puck in front of the net to tie it up at 3-3.

McCullen completed her hat trick on the power play at 11:08 of the third period, tucking in the puck from close range again after junior Johanna Glaaser sent the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal. McCullen's hat trick was the first by an Ole in exactly one year since Jane Vezina '18 scored three times in a 5-3 win over Bethel.

Trailing for the first time in the game, Bethel responded on Thompson's goal at 16:33 to send the game to overtime. St. Olaf was whistled for a minor penalty 1:07 into the overtime but the Royals' power play was short-lived due to a too many players on the ice infraction 1:43 later.

Emily Auge made 18 saves in the game for Bethel, which outshot St. Olaf by a 52-22 margin. Klemann made at least 12 saves in each of the three periods and five more in overtime.

The Oles host Saint Mary's University (Minn.) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. to being their final series of the season.

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