Score: #2/2 Elmira College 11, Chatham University 2
Records: Elmira (9-0-0, 6-0-0 UCHC), Chatham (3-7-0, 0-6-0 UCHC)
Location: Alpha Ice Complex -- Pittsburgh, Pa.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The No. 2/2-ranked Elmira College women's ice hockey team put on a scoring clinic this afternoon, as the Soaring Eagles tied their season-high goal output in a one-sided 11-2 victory over Chatham University in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) action. A total of 16 Elmira skaters produced at least one point this afternoon, while seven recorded a goal as the Purple and Gold remained perfect during the 2017-18 campaign at 9-0-0.
Career performances by Katie Granato '19 and Sarah Hughson '18 led the way for the Soaring today, as the former posted career-highs in both points (5) and goals (4), while the latter tallied a career-best four points on two goals and two assists.
EC also had six team members tally two points. On that list, Meg Lahey '19, Devyn Gilman '21 and Emma Crocker '21 all had one goal and assist apiece, while Shannon Strawinski '19, Kiana Melvin '20 and Maddy Jerolman '19 all recorded two assists.
Elmira's single-point producers included Ari Smith '18, Jess Adams '21, Rachel Grampp '18, Meghan Fonfara '18 and Louisa Lippiatt Durnell '18. Smith and Evangelous both scored goals today, while Adams, Grampp, Fonfara, and Durnell all were credited with an assist.
In goal, freshman Elizabeth Hanson '21 got the start, her second of the season, and made a career-best 14 saves on 16 shots faced. Hanson's win is also the second of her career.
The Soaring Eagles got off to a very quick start in today's contest, scoring four goals in the first 15 minutes of the first period. Granato and Hughson were the catalysts for this offensive explosion, as the duo each scored two goals in the opening period. Hughson also picked up an assist on one of Granato's scores, giving her three points after one period. Granato opened the game's scoring just 1:45 into the bout.
For the second consecutive period, EC scored four goals, all coming before the 7:31 mark of the second period. As had been a theme in the bout, Granato again found the back of the net twice in the second, scoring the Soaring Eagles' first and last tallies of the stanza. The other two goals in the second came off the sticks of Smith and Gilman.
In the third period, the Soaring Eagles tallied three times with Crocker, Evangelous and Lahey all finding the back of the net. Lahey's score, an unassisted strike at the 17:06 mark of the third, was the second of her junior season.
The Cougars did score twice, getting a pair of goals from their leading scorer Kasandra Petersen. Kristina Block and Cassidy Colhoun both an earned assist on the Petersen tallies.
Despite allowing two goals, the game was never in question for the Soaring Eagles. In the game, Elmira's lead never fell below four goals after the first period. With the victory, EC remains perfect overall (9-0-0) and in UCHC action (6-0-0).
In Their Own Words...
Head Coach Tim Crowley when asked to share his thoughts about what was working well for the offense tonight...
"We just were able to capitalize on more chances, compared to yesterday where we had some chances to finish that didn't end up in the net."
Coach Crowley talks about the team's momentum heading into next weekend's series against Amherst…
"We were able to come away with two wins and we want to continue to get better every week. We know next weekend will be a tough one for us and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing a tough Amherst team."
News and Notes
- Elmira improves to 9-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 inside UCHC play with the win.
- The Soaring Eagles remain perfect in the all-time series against Chatham, improving to 32-0-0
- EC's 11 goals tied a season high for the team.
- Granato produced her second career hat trick this afternoon.
- Granato registered career highs in both points (5) and goals (4).
- The last member of the Purple and Gold to tally five points in a game was Durnell, who did so in a 7-0 win over Neumann on November 5, 2016.
- The last Soaring Eagle to score four goals in a game was Ashton Hogan '15, who did so on February 22, 2014, in a 6-0 win over Neumann.
- With four goals today, Granato rose to second in Division III in goals per game (1.22).
- Hughson's four points today are a new career high for the senior.
- After tonight's bout, Crocker has 11 points on five goals and six assist, which places her third in the country in points per game by a freshman (1.22).
- Lahey's score was her second of the season.
- Hanson's 14 saves are a new career high for the rookie.
The No. 2/2-ranked Elmira women team returns to the ice on Saturday, December 9, for the first of two critical non-conference bouts against Amherst College at the Murray Athletic Center. The series-opening tilt on Friday is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.