UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey entered the third period up one goal, but couldn’t hold off the top-seeded St. Thomas Tommies on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Tommies scored three times in the third to earn a 4-3 victory.
This marks the second straight year the Blugolds’ season has come to an end in the quarterfinals. Unlike 2018, Eau Claire was given a bye to this round this postseason.
The Tommies opened the scoring six and a half minutes into the second period when Estee Frantz earned an unassisted tally, but Eau Claire responded with two straight on the power play before the second break. Elizabeth Bauer notched the equalizer nearly 12 minutes into the second and Holly Turnbull put the Blugolds ahead about six minutes later.
Eau Claire couldn’t hold on for the upset due to a pair of Tommie goals in the first six minutes of the third. Sarah Moy tied the game four minutes into the final frame and a minute and a half later Anna Erickson gave the Tommies a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Courtney Wittig was able to score a third goal for the Blugolds in the waning seconds, but not before St. Thomas created a cushion with an empty netter with 29 seconds left.
St. Thomas will meet Hamline on Friday after the Pipers defeated the other WIAC team in the tournament, UW-River Falls. Adrian and Plattsburgh State will battle in the other semifinal.
Eau Claire finished the season 21-6-2, setting a school record for single-season wins for a third straight year.