Gusties blank Cardinals to move on to MIAC Women’s Hockey Semis

Allie Stanger
Allie Stanger

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Hockey Playoffs officially began on Thursday night, as No. 4 seed Gustavus Adolphus College topped No. 5 seed Saint Mary's, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round.

Gustavus will now face top-seeded St. Thomas in Mendota Heights on Saturday afternoon, while No. 2 seed Hamline will welcome Augsburg to TRIA Rink in St. Paul. The Tommies and Gusties will drop the puck at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Pipers and Auggies two hours later.

2019 MIAC Women's Hockey Playoffs |

NO. 4 GUSTAVUS 5, NO. 5 SAINT MARY'S 0 | Box Score |
After a scoreless first period, Gustavus turned on the offense, scoring twice in the second and three times in the third to knock off No. 5 seed Saint Mary's, 5-0, in the MIAC Quarterfinals on Thursday night. Gabby Slykas and Allie Stanger each had a pair of assists in the game. The Gusties controlled the puck for much of the latter two periods, outshooting the Cards 14-9 in the second and 13-4 in the third. Gustie goaltender Amanda DiNella finished the shutout with 18 saves. Jordan Modjeski accounted for a third of SMU's shots with six in the game. Gustavus will move on to challenge the nation's No. 1 ranked team, St. Thomas, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Tommies held a 1-0-1 advantage over Gustavus in the regular season series.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET FOR MARCH 3
The two semifinal winners will square off the following Saturday, March 2, in the 2019 MIAC Women's Hockey Playoff Championship game, which will be played on the home ice of the highest remaining seed. The tournament champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Hockey Tournament.

The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Women's Hockey Playoffs, containing schedules, links, and information on each of the five teams in the field. Throughout the tournament, the page will be updated with scores, stats, updated schedules and more. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's FacebookInstagram and Twitter accounts.

2019 MIAC WOMEN'S HOCKEY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 |
No. 4 Gustavus 5, No. 5 Saint Mary's 0 | Box Score |

Semifinals | Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 |
No. 4 Gustavus at No. 1 St. Thomas | 2:00 PM | Stat/Video Links Available on Game Day |
No. 3 Augsburg at No. 2 Hamline | 4:00 PM | Live Stats | Video |

Championship | Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 7:00 PM |
Lowest remaining seed at Highest remaining seed

GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE