Saturday, February 26, 2011

GAC men fall, women clinch

The Gustavus Adolphus men's hockey team saw its season end Saturday in the semifinals of the MIAC tournament. Hamline, the regular-season champion, defeated the Gusties 3-0, getting a 36-save shutout performance from goalie Beau Christian. It was the first time in more than three years that a conference opponent blanked Gustavus.

Gusties goalie Josh Swartout, playing in his final game after a 45-win career, allowed two goals (Hamline's last goal was an empty-netter) and stopped 36 shots, including 23 of 24 in the first period, less than 24 hours after he and Gustavus defeated Augsburg in double-overtime.

Hamline will play either St. Thomas or Concordia on Wednesday for the MIAC tournament championship.

Read more about the game here.

Meanwhile, the Gustavus women's team clinched its seventh straight MIAC regular-season title with a win over Augsburg on Friday night. The two teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday. The Gusties will be the No. 1 seed for the MIAC tournament which begins on Thursday. They will host the winner of Tuesday' 4-5 play-in game between Concordia and St.Olaf.

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