McKeever is MIAC's hockey player of the week

Matt Higgins, MIAC
November 21, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf first year goaltendter Ali McKeever was named the MIAC's women's hockey player of the week on Monday after helping St. Olaf to a 1-0 an 3-1 sweep of Hamline University over the weekend.

McKeever stopped 52 of the 53 shots she faced en route to a pair of victories and one shutout to help her team keep pace near the top of the league standings.

McKeever started her big weekend with a 24-save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Pipers on Friday. On Saturday she made 24 saves in a 3-1 victory to secure the sweep, with the only goal she allowed the entire weekend coming on a Hamline power play. The two wins helped McKeever to improve to 2-2-1 in goal this season with 126 saves and 11 goals allowed in 271:45 minutes this season. her .920 save percentage ranks sixth in the MIAC, while her 2.43 goals against average is seventh.

The two wins helped St. Olaf get back to .500 overall at 2-2-3, and the Oles' 2-1-1 MIAC record and five conference points has them tied for second place in the league standings after the first two weekends of MIAC play. The Oles and their talented freshman goalie will be back on the ice Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. nonconference game at UW-River Falls. St. Olaf returns to MIAC play on Dec. 2-3 in a home-and-home conference series with Saint Mary's.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.