Score: #1/1 Elmira College 7, Neumann University 1
Records: Elmira (2-0-0), Neumann (0-3-0)
Location: IceWorks – Aston, Pa.
ASTON, Pa. -- The No. 1/1-ranked Elmira College women's ice hockey cruised to its second-straight victory to open the season, as the Soaring Eagles toppled United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) foe Neumann by a final score of 7-1 on Friday evening.
It was a total team effort against the Knight's as six different Soaring Eagles found the back of the net. Freshman Eliza Beaudin '22 tallied the first two goals of her career to pace EC. Fellow first-year talent Amanda Zenstein '22 netted her first-career goal as well, finishing the night with two points (1g-1a). Freshman netminder Stephanie Martin '22 got the start in net once again and tallied 11 saves.
Elmira's offense was firing on all cylinders against Neumann as EC racked up 67 shots, compared to 18 from the Knights. The Soaring Eagles capitalized on their power play opportunities, going a stellar 4-for-6 (.667) with the extra skater on the ice.
Katie Granato'19 got the Purple and Gold off to a hot start, scoring her fourth goal of the season on EC's first power play opportunity of the evening. After Neumann was whistled for a hooking penalty five minutes into the contest, Granato wasted little time as the senior buried a feed from Meg Lahey '19 to put EC up 1-0 just under a minute into the power play. Jordyn Cholish knotted the score at 1-1 for the Knights with six minutes left to play in the period, capitalizing on an EC penalty.
Beaudin broke the stalemate with three minutes to play in the opening stanza, scoring the eventual game-winner on the power play. After some slick puck movement at the blue line between Kiana Melvin '20 and Kristin Chivers '19, Chivers found Beaudin, who beat Neumann's Helen Cooney for her first-career tally heading into the first intermission.
Maddy Jerolman '19 pushed EC ahead by two goals at the start of the second period with her second tally of the season. The remainder of the period was relatively quiet, until Jess Adams '21 got in on the scoring act with a short-handed goal with six seconds left in the frame. With four Soaring Eagles on the ice, Adams broke away from Neumann's defense and calmly slotted it past Cooney to give the Purple and Gold a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the final period of play.
The Soaring Eagles continued to pour it on in the final period, adding three more goals, two of which came via the power play. Maddie Evangelous '19 reignited the onslaught 10 minutes into the period, combining with Lahey on the power play to make it a 5-1 advantage. Just under a minute later, Beaudin tallied her second goal of the evening off of a feed from the stick of Devyn Gilman '21. Zenstein rounded out EC's scoring with five minutes left to play, striking on the power play to give the game its final scoreline of 7-1.
In His Own Words…
Head Coach Tim Crowley talks about what went right offensively for the Soaring Eagles…
"We were able to capitalize on our special teams opportunities tonight, all lines contributed tonight, and it makes a difference when we get that."
Coach Crowley talked about the team's approach on the power play throughout the game…
"We focused on taking what they gave us on the power play, we were able to make plays from the blue line, which Meg really showed on Granato's goal."
Coach Crowley looks back at the two-goal outing from Beaudin…
"Eliza has been really good for us. She plays hard every shift and we're looking forward to her helping on the score sheet."
News and Notes
- Elmira's 67 shots are the most by the Soaring Eagles since they posted 72 against Lebanon Valley (1/28) last season.
- Beaudin recorded her first collegiate points and first-career multi-point (2g) game.
- Granato led the Soaring Eagles with 12 shots.
- Granato is eight points shy of becoming the 13th skater in program history to reach the 100 point plateau.
The Soaring Eagles are back on the ice tomorrow evening to close the series against Neumann. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.