Late Goal Lifts Hamline W Hockey Into First Place in MIAC

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It was a battle worthy of a team in the Top Ten and one that wanted to be. Dani Perry slid a shot from the point through traffic past Augsburg goalie Rebecca Sonnek with 1:46 to play to lift the Hamline women's hockey team to a tough-as-nails 1-0 victory over Augsburg Friday night at TRIA rink. 

The win moved Hamline into solo possession of first place in the MIAC, a point ahead of Gustavus Adolphus, who played a scoreless OT tie with St. Thomas. 

The Pipers (11-2-1 overall, 6-1-0 MIAC) set a new school record with eight consecutive games without a loss. But it was a tough a battle as the scorer would indicate. 

Hamline goalie Annie Juergens and Sonnek saw to that. Neither would budge in the tight-checking battle. There were just four power plays (two per side) and 45 total shots on goal. Many of the shots, however, were quality. 

Thanks in part to the lone power play of the period, HU outshot Augsburg, 10-5, in the first frame. The Auggies had the pp chance in the second but there was no damage done either as each side lofted seven shots on goal.

On the third, both teams had scoring chances and overtime seemed imminent when Darby Dodds dug the puck out to Sonnek's right and sent it to Perry, who return ed it into the far corner of the net for her third goal of the season. 

Juergens finished with 20 saves for her fourth shutout of the season. The sophomore lowered her goals-against average to 0.93, tops in the conference. 

The Pipers have little time to rest on their laurels. The teams face off Saturday at Augsburg Arena. Game time is 2:00 p.m.

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