Score: #1/1 Elmira College 12, Lebanon Valley College 0
Records: Elmira (4-0-0, 3-0-0 UCHC), Lebanon Valley (2-3-0, 1-2-0 UCHC)
Location: Murray Athletic Center – Pine Valley, N.Y.
PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- A total of 13 skaters logged at least one point in a dominant performance by the top-ranked Elmira College women's ice hockey team, as the Soaring Eagles trounced visiting Lebanon Valley College, 12-0, in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) action on Friday night. With the win Elmira remained perfect on the year at 4-0-0 and 3-0-0 in league action.
Katie Granato '19 headlined tonight's win with a seven-point performance that brought her career point total to 100, making her the 13th player in program history to join EC's prestigious 100-point club. Granato's seven points were registered on four goals, her second hat trick of the season, and three assists.
Granato's seven points are tied for third-most in a single game in EC history, while her four goals are tied for second-most in a single game in program history. It marked the second time in her career that she has logged four goals in one game, with the last occurrence taking place on December 2, 2017 against Chatham.
Maddie Evangelous '19 (1g-3a) and Emma Crocker '21 (1g-3a) added four points apiece, while Tristen Tolan '21 (2g-1a) and Maddy Jerolman '19 (2g-1a) chipped in three points each. Meg Lahey '19 and Ariella Haas '22 rounded out EC's multi-point scorers, as the two skaters logged two points apiece, all of which came on assists.
Other point-getters include Jenny Heath '22 (0g-1a), Morgan Mordini '22 (1g-0a), Kristin Chivers '19 (0g-1a), Kiana Melvin'20 (1g-0a), Jess Adams '21 (0g-1a) and Ronnie Callahan '21 (0g-1a), who all logged one point apiece.
Stephanie Martin '22 got the starting nod in goal for the Soaring Eagles, and although she was only forced to make five saves, the rookie skated away with her third win of the year (3-0-0). Of her five saves, three were registered in the third period.
Elmira set the tone early in tonight's game with a trio of first-period goals, including back-to-back tallies from Tolan. The second-year forward opened the game with a goal just 1:05 into the opening 20 minutes on an assist from Haas. Tolan's second goal occurred just about 11 minutes later when a string of passes from Haas and Adams set Tolan up for an easy one-time finish on the left side of the crease.
EC's final goal of the first period came from the blade of Evangelous, who deposited her second goal of the season on a one-time finish from the high slot. An initial pass from Lahey found Granato in the slot, who slid the pass cross-ice to Evangelous for the punch-in goal.
The Soaring Eagles took their three-goal lead into the first intermission, before adding another four tallies in the second stanza to take a 7-0 lead.
Jerolman opened the second-period scoring with some nifty stick work that saw her weave through the slot before dumping it past the Lebanon Valley goalie for the score at 1:52. Lahey and Granato were credited with assists on the power-play goal.
Granato then went on to score back-to-back goals for the Purple and Gold at 6:39 and 10:09, both at even strength. Crocker picked up assists on both goals, while Chivers logged an assist on the first tally and Heath added a helper on the second goal.
Nearly five minutes passed until EC's next goal, which came on an absolute snipe from Melvin on the power play. Following an in-zone turnover, Melvin collected the puck before snapping a wrist shot that went bar-down for the goal.
Elmira's lead ballooned to 12 goals in the third period as the Purple and Gold tallied five goals in the final 20 minutes.
Similar to the second period, Jerolman opened the scoring with a tally just 1:48 into the final frame. Evangelous set up the goal with a cross-ice pass to Jerolman in the slot, who deked one defender before burying the shot top-shelf.
Granato made it an 9-0 game at 2:11, as she scored her third goal of the game on assists from Evangelous and Jerolman. From behind the net, Evangelous dished the puck to Granato, who used the back-side of her blade to score.
Just about five minutes elapsed until Granato struck again, her fourth goal of the night, to give EC a 10-0 advantage. An LVC turnover turned into a 2-on-1 rush for the Purple and Gold, which saw Crocker send a lead pass to Granato, who made a quick shuck of the shoulders before beating Victoria Lahey for the goal.
Another 44 seconds passed until EC made it an 11-0 game behind Crocker's first goal of the year, which was set up by Granato and Evangelous. A pass from the d-zone by Granato found Evangelous along the bench-side boards, but the speedy forward raced into the offensive zone and dished the puck into the slot to Crocker, who one-timed it with the back-side of her blade for the goal. Granato's initial pass that set up the goal would go down as her 100th career point.
Finally, rounding out tonight's scoring was Mordini, who logged her first career goal for the Soaring Eagles at 10:17. Callahan started the play with a pass to Tolan, who fired a shot on target that was padded away by LVC's Lahey. However, Lahey was unable to cover the puck as Mordini raced in and punched it in from just outside the crease for the final score of the night.
In His Own Words…
"I think we had everyone going and competing which we stressed all the way," said Head Coach Tim Crowley. "System-wise, we executed a lot of positives. I think Katie's [Granato] effort throughout the game resulted in her producing, she played well for us again."
News and Notes
- A total of 13 EC skaters logged at least one point and seven produced two or more.
- The last time Elmira scored 12 goals dates back to January 20, 2011, when EC downed Chatham, 12-0.
- Granato became the 13th player in program history to score 100 career points.
- Granato's four goals rank second-most in EC single-game history.
- Granato's seven points are third-most in EC single-game history.
- Granato moved into fifth place in EC history for career goals (56).
- Martin earned her first career shutout win.
- Mordini scored her first career goal.
- Crocker's four points and three assists were both career high.
- Evangelous recorded a career-high four points.
- Tolan tied her career-high goal (2) and point (3) totals.
The Soaring Eagles conclude their conference series with the Flying Dutchmen tomorrow afternoon at the Murray Athletic Center at 3:00 p.m.