ST PAUL, Minn. – Freshman Laine Tomesh scored a goal in her first game of the season but it was not enough as the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team fell in non-conference action versus Hamline University Saturday afternoon, 3-1.
The loss was the third straight for the Falcons as they begin a current-five game road swing with a pair of setbacks. CUW was limited to just one goal for the second straight game, but did generate more scoring opportunities than in Thursday's contest against Concordia College Moorhead.
Hamline (3-7-1) built a 2-0 lead after one period of play beginning with a power play goal from Chelsea Koehn. That goal was scored 11:50 into play and was assisted by Jordan Verleye and Corinne Henning. HU then went up 2-0 seven minutes later on a Breanna Simon score.
The Pipers would extend their advantage to three at the 12:33 mark of the second stanza when Sam Berger scored. CUW would answer that just 1:08 later as Tomesh (Mequon, Wis.) cut the margin to two goals. The Falcons goal was assisted by sophomore Jayda Hoerres (Melrose, Wis.). Unfortunately for CUW that would be all the scoring the rest of the way as Hamline went on to the 3-1 victory.
Junior Jennifer DeGeorge (Waukesha, Wis.) started the game in net for the Falcons and made 14 saves in 32:33. She was relieved by freshman Bridget Slater (Roseau, Minn.), who stopped all nine shots she faced over the final 27:27 of play. The Pipers got a strong goaltending performance from Katie Beckham as she stopped 33 shots in the win.
The Falcons outshot HU by a 34-26 margin and half of those shots (17) came in the third period. HU finished the game with the one power play goal, going 1-for-5 with an extra skater, while CUW was 0-for-4 on the power play.
CUW (6-7-0) will try and get their record back to .500 tomorrow as they conclude their Minnesota trip with an afternoon contest against St. Catherine University. Puck is set to drop at 2 p.m. and live stats will be available.