It turned into a game of which team could score first on Saturday, and ultimately it was the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) women's hockey team that broke the seal with a third period goal from Rachel Anderson to beat Concordia-Wisconsin 2-0 in the NCHA quarterfinals at Mars Lakeview Arena.
The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in the playoff opener on Friday night, creating a winner-take-all scenario for Saturday.
With the game seemingly up for grabs midway through the third period, Anderson netted a powerplay goal to give the Saints the lead. For insurance, Giorgia Battisti tacked on an empty net goal with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Overall, the Saints led 38-20 in shots on goal. Goaltender Lexi Thomeczek made 20 saves in the shutout win.
St. Scholastica improves to (16-6-5) overall. With the win, the Saints will face Lake Forest on the road in the NCHA semifinals next week, with the date and time yet to be announced.