Schwartzman Goal Propels Hamline W Hockey Past UW-Eau Claire

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It was the kind of hockey game where someone would need to get a break to win it. Fortunately for Hamline women's team, Leah Schwartzman was up to the task. The junior forward found an opening and blasted a power play goal home with 3:55 to play to break a tie and send the Pipers on their way to a 3-1 non-conference win over Wis-Eau Claire Tuesday night at Oscar Johnson Arena. Darby Dodds and Becca Zarembinski also tallied for HU, which improved to 7-2-0 overall, the best start in the history of the program. 

Annie Juergens surrendered a first period goal but held the Blugolds in check the rest of the way, recording 23 saves to earn the win.

It was a cold night outside but things heated up quickly indoors. The Blugolds struck first, connecting on a Hannah Zavoral solo effort midway in the opening period. WEC outshot HU, 9-7, for the 20-minute period that was played in less than a half-hour actual time. 

The middle frame was more defensive in nature. Hamline began to force the issue late in the period, tying the game when Dodds finished off a three-way play with Bre Simon and Sarah Bobrowski at 17:27. 

Both sides had power play opportunities in the third period that went to no avail. The Pipers'  second shot at a player advantage worked out as Xilly Lang fed Schwartzman perfectly for the gamewinner. UWEC, which, like Hamline, has been garnering votes in the d3hockey,com poll, pulled goalie Erin Connolly with 2:08 left and pressured Juergens constantly. Zarembinski iced the verdict by sliding a 150-foot shot into an empty net with 11 seconds remaining. 

Hamline has one game left on the 2017 portion of the schedule. They play St. Scholastica in Duluth on Friday, December 8. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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