Women's Ice Hockey Caps NEWHA Weekend with 6-3 Loss to Sacred Heart

Women's Ice Hockey Caps NEWHA Weekend with 6-3 Loss to Sacred Heart

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team trailed by only one goal into the latter portion of the third period on Saturday before suffering a 6-3 New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) setback to Sacred Heart University in Cairns Arena.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-9, 0-8 NEWHA), Sacred Heart (7-5-1, 5-2-1 NEWHA)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley), 1 goal, 1 assist, +2, 11-for-21 faceoffs
  • First-year Grace Canterbury (Eagle River, Alaska/Shattuck-Saint Mary's School), 2 assists, +2
  • Sophomore Jace Zapata (Brea, Calif./Gentry Academy), 1 goal
  • First-year Angelina Ruiz (Independence, Minn./Gentry Academy), 1 goal
  • Junior Ella Saracco (Melrose, Mass./Middlesex Islanders), 1 assist, 2 blocks, +1
  • Sophomore Carissa Mudrak (Duluth, Minn./Gentry Academy), 56 saves (career high)
  • First-year Tessa Mucha (Tully, N.Y./Syracuse Valley Eagles), 10-for-13 faceoffs
  • Sophomore Jenna Hoops (Woodbury, Minn./Saint Paul United), 10-for-19 faceoffs

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Nicole Guidi, 3 goals, 2 blocks, +4
  • Senior Anna Klein, 3 assists, 12-for-22 faceoffs
  • Junior Alexa Ocel, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Kelly Solak, 1 goal, 1 assist, +3
  • First-year Katie Keenan, 1 goal
  • Sophomore Molly Elmore, 17 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's held a 32-24 lead in faceoff wins.
  • Mudrak's career-high 56 saves were one short of the program's all-time top 10 for a game.

THE ACTION

  • Keenan put Sacred Heart up at 8:29 of the opening period, picking the upper right corner of the net from the right circle.
  • The Purple Knights responded just 1:11 later, with Canterbury sending the puck toward Elmore and Harrison putting home a rebound at the far post.
  • Saint Michael's went up at 12:28 on a power play, with quick movement leading to the tally. Hoops slid a pass from the left circle toward the low right circle for Harrison, who immediately found Ruiz on the doorstep. Ruiz potted her second goal of the year to give the hosts a 2-1 edge.
  • Klein forced a turnover in the corner late in the frame before crossing out front for Ocel, whose one-timer tied the game at 16:52.
  • With 16 seconds to go, Guidi gave her team the lead by scoring from the right point.
  • Just after the opening faceoff of the second period, Canterbury forced a turnover in neutral ice before eventually finding Saracco. Zapata finished the sequence by firing a shot from the right point off of a Pioneer skater and in 19 seconds into the stanza, only 35 seconds after Guidi's go-ahead marker, to force the third tie of the game.
  • Guidi gave Sacred Heart the lead back at 2:48, scoring from the left circle.
  • The score remained 4-3 until the latter half of the third period. Solak put home a slap shot from the circle at 12:48, and Guidi provided further insurance with 17:28 gone, knocking in a rebound after Ocel rang the puck off the right post.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Friday at the State University of New York at Potsdam, 5 p.m.