The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point women’s hockey team started off their home weekend series against UW-Eau Claire with a 1-0 win. The following night the Pointers and Bluegolds finished with a 3-3 tie.
Point got off to a quick start in Friday’s matchup, scoring even-handed for the early 1-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Cassandra Salmen netted the only goal of the game while senior forward Erin Marvin and junior forward Brooke Hanson recorded assists.
Eau Claire managed to out-shoot UWSP 24-14, but couldn’t find a way past freshman goalie Janna Beilke- Skoug. Point also found themselves in the penalty box three times for six minutes in the third period.
Saturday’s matchup began with Eau Claire’s junior forward Emily Haluska scoring in the first period. The Stevens Point native was assisted by fellow junior forward Casey McMullen. Eau Claire shot almost half of their total shots in the first period, but Beilke-Skoug was able to stop 11 of 12 of the shots.
Point sophomore forward Allie Tanzer answered the Bluegold score in the second period unassisted and even-handed. Eau Claire’s freshman forward Sam Knutson broke the 1-1 tie when freshman forward Mackenzie Miller set her up at the net.
UWSP tied the score at 2-2 before the end of the second period when Salmen set up senior forward Erika Greenen for the shorth a n d e d equalizer. Eau Claire would again take the lead in the third period when sophomore forward Nikki Kothenbeutel scored unassisted.
Point answered with the final goal of the game with Hanson scoring on a Marvin-assisted goal. The 3-3 score held until the end of the third period, setting up a scoreless five minute overtime period which ended the game with a 3-3 tie.
The Pointers shot seven goals each period of Saturday’s game and three in the overtime period for 24 shots on the night, while the Bluegolds recorded 28. Beilke-Skoug recorded a tie in Saturday’s matchup.
Point’s record stands at 6-2-2, led by Erin Marvin who has accumulated 11 points and seven assists on the season. Salmen leads the team in goals with five.
Point has found themselves in the penalty box 13 times more than their opponents and senior captain Arial Novak leads the team in penalties with nine.
The Pointers are on a 27-day break. They return to action on Jan. 6, 2012, against Gustovus Adolphus College. The weekend series takes place at Ice Hawks Arena starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.