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Falcon women split with SP

UW-River Falls' junior forward Abby Sunderman (white jersey) collides with UW-Stevens Point's Kaynna Duffy (24) while Pointer goalie d'Andra Phillips clears the puck in the first period of the Pointers' 3-1 win over the Falcons Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena. Bob Burrows photo

The UW-Stevens Point women's hockey team handed UW-River Falls its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, 3-1, after the Falcons had take the first game of the series, 4-2, Friday night at Hunt Arena.

Breanna Habre scored two goals for UW-RF in Friday night's victory while Abby Sunderman scored the lone Falcon goal in Saturday's loss.

UW-RF, now 5-1-0 overall, 3-1-0 in the NCHA, will take a week off before resuming play Friday, Dec. 5, at Lake Forest. The Falcons swept the Foresters, 5-3 and 1-0, Nov. 15-16 at Hunt Arena. Saturday, Dec. 6, the Falcons will travel to Concordia.

Last Friday, in the first game of a two-game series with Stevens Point, Jessica Thompson gave UW-RF a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 14:44 mark of the first period with Kayleigh Bell assisting.

The Pointers tied the score in the opening minute of the second period before Jamie Briski put the Falcons ahead to stay at 5:18 of the second with assists from Habre and Ashley Berner.

Habre's first goal of the game came with 32 seconds left in the second period and was assisted by Berner to extend UW-RF's lead to 3-1. The Pointers cut the gap to 3-2 with just under seven minutes remaining before Habre's second goal of the night, again assisted by Berner with 28 seconds to play, made the final 4-2.

Falcon goaltender Cassi Campbell made 22 saves in the win as the Pointers outshot the Falcons 24-21.

The Pointers struck first in the rematch Saturday and took a 3-0 lead into the third period before Sunderman put UW-RF on the board with just under 15 minutes remaining with an assist from Chelsey Calder. But that was all the scoring UW-RF could manage, despite holding a 33-19 advantage in shots on goal.

Campbell made 16 saves in the loss.