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Former Raider Alise Riedel sets NCAA save record with St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas goalie Alise Riedel makes a save in the Tommies’ 5-3 loss to UW-River Falls last Saturday in the third place game at the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament at Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Riedel, a 2010 graduate of Hudson High School, set an NCAA Tournament record with 63 saves in the Tommies’ 1-0 overtime loss to eventual national champion Plattsburgh the night before. (Kathy Helgeson/UWRF Communications photo)

Former Raider Alise Riedel made an NCAA Division III Tournament record 63 saves last Friday night but it wasn’t enough to stop top-ranked Plattsburgh from pulling out a 1-0 overtime victory over the University of St. Thomas in the semifinals of the NCAA National Championship Tournament in Plattsburgh.

Plattsburgh outshot St. Thomas 64-30 but neither team could score until Plattsburgh netted a power play goal 15 minutes, 11 seconds into overtime. The Cardinals went on to defeat Norwich (Vt.), 9-2, in Saturday’s national championship game while the Tommies lost to UW-River Falls, 5-3, in the third place game.

Riedel’s 63-save performance Friday night eclipsed the previous NCAA Tournament record of 45 set by Williams (Mass.) goaltender Monelle Quevillon on March 15, 2003.

“I knew I had a team in front of me that really helped me out,” Riedel told reporters at the post-game press conference.. “A couple of times, my ‘D’ ended up playing goal. We obviously knew they had a good offense and a good goalie, but saving 60 shots is definitely something I’m not used to.”

Riedel kept the game scoreless with 19 saves in each of the first two periods, 14 in the third period and 12 in overtime before Plattsburgh’s 64th shot of the game found itself through a crowd in front of the net with the Cardinals on a power play. St. Thomas had killed off six Plattsburgh power plays previous to the game-winning goal.

Lasting 75 minutes, 11 seconds, the game was among the longest in the 13-year history of the NCAA Division III women’s semifinals and finals. It was the second-longest game in the history of St. Thomas hockey, surpassed only by a 2004 MIAC playoff win over Augsburg that lasted 96:09.

Plattsburgh’s goal ended Riedel’s streak of 208 minutes, 58 seconds without allowing a goal. She recorded back-to-back shutouts in St. Thomas’ 2-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus in the MIAC Championship game and their 5-0 win over UW-Stevens Point in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Riedel, a 2010 Hudson High School graduate, finished the season with a record of 18-2-3 with six shutouts, tied for third most in the nation. Her .952 save percentage was the third best in the country while her 1.38 goals against average was the fifth lowest.

Last Thursday the senior was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association West All-American Team for the third time in her career.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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