College women's hockey: Saints seeking first NCHA final
On Wednesday, St. Scholastica picked up a pair of major awards from the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Sophomore forward Rachel Anderson was named player of the year and Jackie MacMillan won coach of the year.
Come this weekend, the Saints (20-6-1) will go after a postseason league title and automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament. CSS, on a 10-game winning streak, plays Lake Forest (16-6-5) at 6 p.m. Friday at Arrington Ice Arena in Adrian Mich. The winner advances to play host Adrian College at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Anderson, the first non-senior to win NCHA player of the year since 2014 and fourth in 12 years, led the league in scoring this season with 32 points in 18 league games to beat out teammates Alexia Klaas, a senior from Duluth with 27 points, and Taylor Thompson, a sophomore with 25 points.
Anderson's 25 assists in league play also led the NCHA. Her 42 total points this season are a single-season Saints record while her 30 total assists are tied for the most in a season.
Klaas and Thompson joined Anderson on the 13-member all-league team along with Saints junior defenseman Greta Nundahl and junior goaltender Lexia Thomeczek. CSS forward Amber Tilander of International Falls was on the five-member all-freshman team.
MacMillan, the only coach in Saints history, was named coach of the year for the first time in her nine seasons.
A win Friday over Lake Forest would put the Saints in the NCHA championship game for the first time in program history. CSS swept Lake Forest 1-0 and 2-0 on Feb. 15-16 in Duluth.