St. Thomas women’s hockey’s offense topples Franklin Pierce 3-0 – TommieMedia

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St. Thomas first-year ahead Molly Grundhoffer scored her first collegiate purpose, serving to the St. Thomas women’s hockey crew earn its first win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Franklin Pierce Friday at St. Thomas Ice Arena.

Grundhoffer’s used to be certainly one of 3 Tommie targets (1-2-0 total, 0-2-0 WCHA), highlighting St. Thomas’ sturdy offense in opposition to Franklin Pierce (0-2-0 NEWHA).

“We just took every shift we had and we just worked and worked and worked,” Grundhoffer mentioned. “Then, that final shift when I scored, that was not just me; it was all of us combined.”

The Tommies had 37 photographs on purpose and most effective allowed the Ravens 11.

“I think we possessed the puck, and then I think we got to the net,” trainer Joel Johnson mentioned. “When you possess the puck and get to the net, it’s easy to shoot.”

The first length remained scoreless because the Ravens’ offense blocked 17 photographs on purpose.

“We have to play a certain way defensively,” Johnson mentioned. “That will lead to offense.”

Next length, the Tommies’ offense kicked into tools, scoring thrice.

“We have to be patient, and it finally showed itself,” Johnson mentioned. “I’d love to claim some sort of magic button, but I can’t; I just have to give it to the players.”

Senior ahead Maija Almich put the Tommies at the board along with her first purpose of the season 9 mins into the second one length. It used to be assisted through junior ahead Brieja Parent after Parent despatched a easy go for Almich to knock in.

“It was a very tiring shift, but (the goal) ended up being more of a little one-two tap,” Almich mentioned.

The pleasure endured with Grundhoffer’s purpose coming two mins later. Her purpose used to be assisted through first-year ahead Kate Haug.

Both Grundhoffer and Haug are part of the seven first-year athletes that joined the roster this season. Grundhoffer has labored to “throw every single thing” she has onto the ice throughout apply, pushing towards her subsequent finding out segment.

“For me, I would say my next phase is just trying to see how many games I can make the roster for,” Grundhoffer mentioned.

The Tommies’ 3rd purpose got here from graduate ahead Anna Solheim with 3 mins left in the second one length throughout an influence play. It used to be her first purpose of the season and used to be assisted through senior ahead Allie Monrean and sophomore defender Maddy Clough.

Almich thinks the win will lend a hand spice up the crew’s morale for the yr.

“It gives us the confidence to show up every day and say that we can do it,” Almich mentioned. “We can take any game from anyone, any opponent, which is good.”

The Tommies will face the Ravens once more at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Ice Arena.

“I expect tomorrow to be a much more competitive game where they’re not going to be surprised by our puck possession,” Johnson mentioned.

Natalie Hoepner will also be reached at hoep8497@stthomas.edu.

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