BURLINGTON, Vt.—The Syracuse ice hockey team (10-8-2) swept Vermont after taking a 3-2 victory over the Catamounts (8-9-4) on Sundayafternoon in Gutterson Fieldhouse. Larissa Martyniuk scored the game-winning goal mid-way through the third period and the Orange defense held off UVM to earn its third consecutive victory.
SU is back in action on Friday, Dec. 10 at Rochester Institute of Technology to take on the Tigers in Syracuse's only game of the weekend.
Six different Orange skaters earned a point against the Catamounts while senior goalie Jenesica Drinkwater earned her sixth win of the season (6-1-0). Drinkwater recorded a .929 save percentage and allowed two goals, one on the power play.
Vermont put 28 shots on target while Syracuse managed just 19, one more than its season low. The Orange controlled the faceoff circle, winning 27-of-45 tries including the final three of the game to stop the Catamounts from getting any shots off in the final two minutes.
Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Nicole Renault scored her third goal of the season 10 minutes into the game on the power play. The Orange worked the puck around to Kallie Goodnough at the top of the right faceoff circle and she took a hard shot that Renault was able to redirect in front of the goal for the first score of the game.
Vermont and SU took turns controlling the puck for most of the second period. The Orange nearly took a two-goal advantage with seven minutes to go before the second intermission when Akane Hosoyamada attempted to tip in a shot from the right side by Jessica Sibley but it hit the pipe and the score remained at 1-0 at the end of the period.
The third period was a shootout, with each team scoring two goals in the final 20 minutes of play. The Orange got on the board again with 15:04remaining in the game to take a 2-0 lead. Melissa Piacentini took the puck in front of the goal and managed to flick it past Douville while she was diving to gain control of it to give Syracuse a cushion to finish the game.
Vermont ended the shutout just over two minutes later when Sarah Kelley scored the first Catamount goal of the day, bringing the score to 2-1 with12:41 to go in the third period.
UVM scored the equalizer with 8:18 left in the game, bringing the score to 2-2 when a shot by Amanda Pelkey bounced off Drinkwater's pad and into the goal while on the power play.
Syracuse only allowed it to stay tied for just over two minutes, regaining the lead when Larissa Martyniuk sent in the go-ahead goal after a shot from the top of the left circle by fellow freshman Heather Schwarz, ultimately giving the Orange its second win of the weekend.
The Orange controlled the puck for the remaining six minutes and 29 seconds, allowing just three UVM shots which were all saved by Drinkwater.
Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications
Pittsburgh, Pa. – Jan. 5, 2014 – Robert Morris University women's hockey freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) registered her fourth shutout of the season this afternoon as the Colonials defeated the St. Lawrence Saints, 3-0.
No. 10 Robert Morris (18-3-1) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games and earned their seventh straight victory. The seven-game winning streak is currently tied for the best mark in NCAA Division I women's hockey.
For the second-straight game, it was junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) that opened the scoring. After senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) forced a turnover in the Colonials' defensive zone, she passed it up to freshman forward Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) skating up the ice. Howard then gave it to Vint, and the two passed it back-and-forth to each other a few times before the junior fired it in from in front of the crease. The goal was Vint's 11th of the season and also moved her into sole possession of third place in career points with 98.
A little more than two minutes after the goal, RMU faced their first penalty kill of the game as senior assistant captain Brandi Pollock (Virden, Manitoba / Westman Wildcats) sat in the penalty box for an interference call. Dodds held the St. Lawrence (6-11-1) offense in check, however, stopping four shots before Pollock returned to the ice.
After registering a secondary assist on the first goal, Imbrogno tallied one of her own 7:37 into the second period. Pollock passed it up to Howard, who then found the senior forward skating down the left side of the ice. Imbrogno lifted the puck top-shelf, sneaking over Saints goaltender Carmen MacDonald's right shoulder to extend the Colonial lead to 2-0.
A few minutes later, it was St. Lawrence back on the attack, hoping to pull within one. However, Dodds stood tall once again, making two spectacular saves – including one from her back – to keep the Saints off the scoreboard.
The 2-0 score would hold for the remainder of the second period and most of the third. With 3:49 remaining in the game, St. Lawrence pulled MacDonald to get an extra skater on the ice. However, just like yesterday's contest, that strategy backfired as junior forward Katie Fergus (Oakville, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) gathered a pass from sophomore forward Ashley Vesci (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Lawrence Academy [Mass.]) and rifled the puck into an open net. Freshman forward Rikki Meilleur (St. Adolphe, Manitoba / Shaftesbury Titans) registered her first career point on the goal with a secondary assist.
Prior to this weekend's series, RMU had scored just two empty-net goals on the season, but that number doubled against the Saints.
For the third-straight game, Dodds set a new career-high in saves. The two-time reigning College Hockey America (CHA) Goaltender of the Month stopped 32 shots – half of those coming in the second period. The freshman is now 15-0-1 on the season.
With two assists, Howard moved into RMU single-season record books. The freshman forward now is tied for third with Brianna Delaney (2010-11) with 19 and sits just three away from the school record of 22, set by Vint in her freshman campaign (2011-12). Howard also is tied for fifth in single-season points with Delaney (2009-10) after tallying her 30th and 31st.
The victory also moves head coach Paul Colontino into a tie for first in career wins with his 52nd.
Robert Morris is off next weekend before finishing up non-conference play with a series at No. 9 Quinnipiac. The first game with the Bobcats is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.
Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications