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Womens D-III wrap: Jan. 20

Falcons shutdown Saints
Wisconsin-River Falls goalie Ashley Kuechle posted back-to-back shutouts (3-0, 2-0) on home ice against struggling St. Scholastica. The Falcons ran their victory string to eight as a result. Kuechle (9-2-2, 1.21) equaled a program record with her sixth whitewash of the season; Plattsburgh’s Sydney Aveson leads the nation with eight. The Saints bolted out the starting proverbial blocks in opening the season, fashioning an 8-0-2 record along the way, but have experienced a loss of noticeable offense coming out of the break. Kuechle squelched both Nina and Isabel Waidacher, turning aside a combined 18 shots from the county’s top two scoring leaders. The Saints extended their current loss streak to four.

MIAC
St. Thomas moved to within one point of first place Gustavus Adolphus in the MIAC, following a pair of wins in a home-and-home with St. Catherine.  The Tommies received a 19-save, 2-0, road win from goaltender Alise Riedel on Saturday. St. Thomas improved to 7-0-1 in conference action. Riedel backstopped a 5-2 win at home on Friday, turning away 15 bids by the Wildcats. Junior forward Paige Baldwin had a pair of goals and an assist in pacing the Tommies offensive pursuits.

Gustavus Adolphus stayed perfect in the MIAC (8-0-0) thanks to Emily Gustafson’s game-winning goal in the third period of the Golden Gusties matchup with Augsburg on Saturday at Don Roberts Ice Arena. The Auggies closed to within one with under two minutes remaining in regulation, but senior goalie Marah Sobczak, who relieved starter Lindsey Hibbard midway through the second period, held the Auggies in check in the final moments in preserving the victory. Surprisingly, the Augsburg crew stayed within reach of a potential upset, despite finishing with just seven shots on net. Backed by a four-goal second period, Hibbard earned the win in the opener as well; collecting 14 saves in a 5-2 Gusties win at the Augsburg Ice Arena.

NESCAC
Amherst outshot No. 2 Middlebury 34-15 in a 2-1 loss at the Orr Rink Friday night, allowing the Panthers to stay at the peak of the NESCAC conference. Madeline Joyce’s power-play score in the second proved to be the decisive goal. The following afternoon, the teams combined for six goals in the third, leading to an eventual 5-5 tie. Middlebury moves to 6-0-2, while the Jeffs stay close at 5-1-2.

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  • Anonymous

    Is Maine at a crossroads?

    Isn’t that like asking if there might be a mortgage crisis?

    • Slapshot08

      They’ve been at a crossroads for years. Fire Whitehead!!!

  • Anonymous

    Earn home ice this season?  Good grief what is wrong with you.  They’ll be lucky to even play in post-season this year.  They’re in 7/8 place tie win% wise and haven’t even gotten to the tough part of the HEA schedule. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFH5KE2EO3UCM7SW2W5KDQHY4Q Drew

    I think it is less on the goaltending and more on the bonehead penalties they keep taking.  It wouldn’t be as bad if their special teams hasn’t been horrible!  They have 5 power play goals and have allowed 5 shorthanded goals! What happen to the days when Maine played good defense?  Oh yeah It ended when Walsh got sick!!!  I just don’t get what Whitehead is coaching them?  Get rid of him and head in another direction.  

  • Anonymous

    Fire Whitehead!

  • Save UMaine Hockey

    Anybody up for starting a fund to pay out Tim Whitehead’s contract and hire a new coach?  Money certainly showed its face in the Alfond renovations.  Paying out 2 more years won’t cost near as much.

  • RiverHawk168

    Give Lowell and thier new coach some credit – They gave BC two tough games as well – - They are much improved

    • Anonymous

      UML’s team and Coaching staff were ready, can’t say the same for UMaine’s.

  • Keithjevt

    Have I got a deal for you UVM’s Snendon for Whitehead, Please!

    • Save UMaine Hockey

      You know, I think both programs could benefit from a trade like that.  I hate to say this, but both coaches have a high hockey IQ, but are uninspired in their current employment. 

      Maine could use a hardnose like Kevin Sneddon to slap some discipline into the players (just keep him on a tight leash and don’t give him an extended contract), Vermont could use a softie like Tim Whitehead to make them feel better about themselves (same rules should apply). 

      I think that would be a great trade.  Is it possible to trade coaches under contract?

      • Save UMaine Hockey

        Their salaries are also the same, so nobody would be losing any money.

  • Save The Bears

    I’d gladly put the effort forward to start a fund to replace Whitehead.  Is there real interest?

    • Save UMaine Hockey

      The word has gotten out.  I’m not sure if anything (concerning money) has been mobilized yet. 

      We may be in luck anyway.  Steve Abbot (athletic director) has really cracking the whip on UMaine coaches lately, notably firing the women’s basketball coach with a year left on her contract.  Maybe Whitehead’s uninspired coaching will have Abbot venturing the idea of sacrificing $340K for a better hockey team.