Eagles top Cards In UNO Classic's Battle of the Birds, Bulldogs Bounce Back
In a field that featured four D3hockey.com Women's Top 10 combatants, the No. 3 Elmira College women stand alone tonight as the victors. In a matchup that harkens back to the recently bygone days of the Women's ECAC West, the Soaring Eagles overtook longtime rival No. 2 Plattsburgh in the UNO Classic
|Elmira is the winner of the 2017 UNO Classic after they topped Plattsburgh.
Photo: Gabe Dickens, Plattsburgh
Championship. Elmira(7-0) broke a short-lived 2-2 tie early in the second period on a goal by rearguard Kristin Chivers, and held a 3-2 lead late into the third on the strength of tournament MVP Kelcey Crawford's school-record saves as they topped the Cardinals(6-2) by a 4-2 final score.
Neither team converted on a pair of early power play chances, but business picked up on the scoreboard just 12:03 into the contest as Illinois native Katie Granato thrust the puck through the legs of goaltender Brooke Wolejko. That lead doubled at 18:16 of the first when Louisa Lippiatt Durnell found the puck in net front traffic and shelfed it. The Cardinals would pull it back to one shortly before the end of the first as Courtney Moriarty scored her second goal of the weekend, but a tie game would have to wait as Elmira led 2-1 after twenty minutes.
While the Cardinals had to wait through intermission, they didn't have to wait much longer to tie it when the puck dropped. Just 30 seconds into the period, MacKenzie Millen squared the game up at a pair apiece, a tie that lasted until Chivers netted the eventual game-winner for the Soaring Eagles. Plattsburgh had a would-be equalizer waved off by a high stick ruling, and Elmira's Maddie Evangelous scored on an empty net late in the third to secure the outcome. The Cardinals outshot the Soaring Eagles 64-24, with 46 shots going in the way of Crawford in the final two periods.
The win is Elmira's first over Plattsburgh since February of 2015.
In the consolation game, No. 6 Middlebury produced a much better effort than their loss to Elmira yesterday, taking national finalist No. 4 Adrian into overtime. The Bulldogs had other ideas about the outcome in the extra session, as after a roughing minor was assessed to the Panthers, Brooke Schembri made the Easterners pay as her overtime goal on the sixth shot of overtime ended it in a 3-2 win for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs doubled up the Panthers on shots for the afternoon 50-25, and overcame a 47 save performance from Anna Goldstein in the win. Adrian is now 7-2-1 while Middlebury's two losses bump them to 2-2. Adrian's Tory Harshman had a goal and two assists, including an assist on the game-winner.
Third Period Parade helps Utica women derail Hamilton
The heroes of Utica's win over Hamilton were a mixture of the likely, and the unlikely. Upperclassmen Taylor Osowski and Elizabeth Dohner each scored in the game, a likely story given that they each have over 35 career points. The unlikely heroes did the rest, as junior blue liner Colby Begis canned her first career goal to start a 3-0 third period run, and Bria Reilly dazzled with 26 saves for a shutout in her first career start to outduel All-American Sam Walther as the Pioneers prevailed 3-0.
The opening forty minutes held sporadic opportunities, but the prevailing theme was defensive gridlock as a tight checking game coupled with sluggish stretches led to a 0-0 stalemate through two periods. The floodgates finally opened in the third, and Utica jumped to the forefront with the matchup there for the taking. Begis teed off from the left point at 5:31 to break the game open, and a wide open Elizabeth Dohner buried a centering feed from Taylor Osowski to double the lead at 8:45. A double minor penalty to Walther on an exchange with Utica's Lexi Stanisewski made matters even harder for the Continentals, as Osowski scored the third and final goal to wrap up the 3-0 final score. Utica is now 7-3 heading into its final game of the semester against Morrisville, who beat Hamilton 1-0 earlier this week.
- The UMass Boston men are now 9-1 and have won seven straight after Colin Larkin's two goals propelled the No. 12 Beacons to a 4-0 shutout win against Bowdoin and the Colby/Bowdoin Classic tournament title. Bailey MacBurnie recorded the shutout in goal for UMass Boston, while winger Zach Bross held a goal and two assists by the time the evening concluded.
- The Endicott College women (8-0-1) needed overtime, but the No. 7 Gulls are the 2017 Women's Codfish Bowl Champions. A 1-1 score at the end of regulation was no match for veteran forward Maggie Layo, who struck gold with the game-winner in a postseason style overtime period at 19:20 of the extra session to propel the Gulls over host UMass Boston in a 2-1 final score. In the consolation game, Stevenson left the ranks of the winless for this season after they dispatched Wesleyan by the same score.
- The Cortland State Men (3-6) is your inaugural Binghamton Devils tournament champion, as the Red Dragons topped Amherst by a 4-1 score at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY. Freshman Scott Donahue scored a pair in the third period to open up a one goal advantage to three in the Red Dragon win.
- The No. 8 Hamilton Men (3-0-1) remained undefeated, while reigning Sid Watson Award winner Evan Buitenhuis got his first win in the Continental net this season with 35 saves as they topped host Skidmore 4-1 to win the 2017 Skidmore Invitational. Jason Brochu had three assists for Hamilton while Neil Conway added on a goal and two assists. Hamilton's power play struck twice for the afternoon.