Score: #5/5 Elmira College 4, Nazareth College 0
Records: Elmira (7-2-1, 5-0-0 UCHC), Nazareth (10-1-0, 6-1-0 UCHC)
Location: Murray Athletic Center – Pine Valley, N.Y.
PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- In a matchup of two of the top teams in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), the No. 5/5-ranked Elmira College women's ice hockey team skated away with a convincing 4-0 victory over visiting Nazareth College, handing the Golden Flyers their first-ever loss.
The Soaring Eagles finished with a 33-15 advantage in shots on goal, logging 11 in each of the three periods. EC's penalty-kill unit was key tonight as well, denying the Golden Flyers on a pair of power-play chances.
Elmira controlled the tempo through the first 20 minutes of action by outshooting Nazareth, 11-6. The Soaring Eagles had a handful of quality scoring chances in the period, including several from just outside the slot, but Naz's Adrianna Brehm came up with clutch saves to keep EC off of the scoreboard.
On the other end of the ice, Elmira's Stephanie Martin '22 made a timely save in the first seven minutes of action on a one-on-one rush, denying Nazareth's Hailey Redders at the doorstep as part of a six-save period.
In the second period, Eliza Beaudin '22 put the Purple and Gold out in front, 1-0, with her third goal of the season at the 1:15 mark. After receiving a pass from Emma Crocker '21, Maddy Jerolman '19 carried the puck into the slot and laced a shot that rattled off of the post. However, Beaudin raced in and punched-in the puck past Brehm for the goal.
Shannon Strawinski '19 made it a 2-0 Elmira lead with an even-strength tally at 13:09 in the second stanza. Maddie Evangelous '19 set up the scoring play by stealing the puck in the neutral zone, before weaving through traffic and taking a shot. Evangelous' attempt caromed off of the glass but bounced out to Strawinski, who was there to clean up the loose puck and give EC a two-goal lead entering the final intermission.
After assisting on EC's second goal, Evangelous went on to pad the Purple and Gold's lead to three with her fourth tally of the season just 3:45 into the third frame. After winning a defensive-zone faceoff, EC raced out and created an odd-man rush, starting with precise passing from Katie Granato '19, who slid a pass into the slot for Strawinski. From there, Strawinski one-timed a shot that was padded away by Brehm, but Evangelous was there to collect the rebound and bury the shot past her for the goal.
The Soaring Eagles maintained their three-goal lead until late in the third when EC was whistled for a hooking penalty, which prompted Nazareth to pull its goalie to play with an extra skater. Extra bodies did little to aid the Golden Flyer offense, as Granato deposited her team-leading 14th goal of the year with 1:33 remaining on the clock. Passes from Ariella Haas '22 and Evangelous set up the scoring play, which all but sealed Elmira's win.
In His Own Words…
Head coach Tim Crowley on picking up the win in Conference play...
"This was a big confidence booster for us. We played well, were system strong, and played within our structure throughout the game. The first ten minutes of the first period, we were still a little jittery, but after that, we settled down and our D-corps relaxed. It was nice to get a win and be at home after being away for so long."
Crowley speaking on the team's offensive approach heading into the game…
"We knew we had to be good below the dots and get pucks through, and we got progressively better at that tonight. I thought we were really good cycling and using our linemates. We attacked them low-to-high, which is something we really stressed."
Crowley talked about the performance of his senior line of Strawinski, Granato, and Evangelous…
"I thought the first line was really good tonight. Every line played well, but they showed up a little more on the scoresheet. In saying that, all of our forwards played well today and we had all of our lines going, which is something we really stressed throughout the week."
News and Notes
- Elmira handed the Golden Flyers their first-ever loss as a collegiate program.
- The Soaring Eagles remained perfect inside UCHC play at 5-0-0.
- Elmira improved to 4-0-0 in home contests this season.
- Seven different skaters logged points for Elmira.
- Evangelous led all skaters with three points on one goal and two assists.
- Strawinski and Granato finished with two points apiece.
- Martin logged 15 saves en route to her fifth win of the season.
- Granato moved into sole possession of ninth place in EC history for career points (108).
The Purple and Gold conclude the first half of the 2018-19 campaign tomorrow afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. UCHC tilt versus Nazareth at the Murray Athletic Center.