The Gustavus men’s hockey team helped itself out in the race for MIAC postseason bids by sweeping Hamline over the weekend. Junior Adam Smyth (Burnsville, Minn.) was the Gusties’ main offensive catalyst in the sweep, recording six points in the two wins and finishing the weekend with a plus/minus rating of plus-five during his time on the ice. For his performance, Smyth was named the MIAC Men’s Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week.
Smyth and Gustavus started the weekend with a 7-4 win over Hamline on the Pipers’ home ice Friday. The junior forward had a four-point night with three assists and the game-winning goal. He added two points – a goal and an assist – in Saturday’s 4-2 victory, and had a hand in six of the Gusties’ 11 goals on the weekend. Smyth’s 13 shots also led the team in the two wins. This season, Smyth’s 18 points rank ninth in the MIAC, while his 10 goals are tied for the fourth-most, and his eight assists also rank in the top 20.
With the sweep of Hamline, Smyth and Gustavus improved to 11-7-3 overall and 5-5-2 in the MIAC. Gustavus has 12 points and is currently in a three-way tie for the fifth in the conference standings, which represents the final spot in the MIAC Playoff field. Gustavus hopes to continue its success this weekend with a home-and-home series against Saint Mary’s, with Friday’s game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Winona, and Saturday’s game starting at 7:05 p.m. on the Gusties’ home ice.