ASHLAND, Wi. It was a hard fought game as the Finlandia University women’s hockey team (0-3) lost 2-1 to Northland (2-1), Tuesday night at the Bay Area Civic Center.
“We played two great periods of hockey,” said head coach Matt Marchel. “The middle period was very tough for us. We had a lot of Grade A chances but didn’t finish. Gunner (Sarah Gundry) was great in net. All of our team defense was pretty darn good.”
For the third straight game, Finlandia got off to a quick start. At the 3:50 mark, sophomore Malone Hiebert found senior Kait Ryynanen in front of the net. Ryynanen put the puck in the net to make it 1-0.
The Lions remained aggressive with numerous near misses the rest of the period. In the second period, Northland capitalize on some mistake to score two goals in the first four minutes. That put the Lumberjills up 2-1.
Senior Sarah Gundry kept FinnU in the contest with 15 saves in the middle period alone. In the third period, Finlandia re-established their first period game. Northland came through with some great saves to stay ahead.
With two minutes to go, Hiebert fired a shot that was just knocked away. The Lions pulled their goalie with a minute to go. Junior Abby Kolek just missed wide before the game ended.
On face-offs, Kolek had 12 wins while Hiebert had nine. At the end of the night, Gundry had 39 saves.
Finlandia is off until Friday, Nov. 15 when they take on Aurora on the road. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.