MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Women's Ice Hockey team used a balanced scoring attack to shutout the visiting Nichols College Bison 4-0 on Friday evening in their Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) series opener.
Ciara Lark (Mildmay, Ont.) picked up her second goal of the season in transition with a bullet one-timer from the point just under two minutes into the first period. Kaitlyn Schlake (Nampa, Idaho) and Shanley Austin (Rochester, N.Y.) notched the assists.
The Mustangs extended their lead late in the first period at the 17:41 mark on a breakaway. Line mates, Maddision Devlin (Campbell River, B.C.), Mackenzie Lombardi (Hamilton, Ont.), and Maria deWilde (Caistorville, Ont.) broke free on a 3 v 2 opportunity. Devlin controlled the puck in the neutral zone and skated up the right side before sliding the puck to the middle for Lombardi. Lombardi, tipped the pass to deWilde who converted for her fourth goal of the season for the 2-0 lead.
Morrisville was able to extend their lead and chase the Bison's starting goaltender from the game at the 8:15 mark in the second. Kylie Cameron (Burlington, Ont.) found the back of the net from a near impossible angle from the right faceoff circle near the end line for the 3-0 lead. Sierra Voeller (Penticton, B.C.) and Austin both picked up assists on the play.
Despite the 3-0 advantage, the Mustangs were forced to work through some adversity late in the third period when the Bison went on the power play after a Morrisville tripping penalty. As the Mustangs neared the end of their penalty kill, Nichols opted to pull their goalie, giving them two extra skaters. The Bison kept control of the puck as time expired on the penalty, allowing them to still play with an extra skater.
Nichols returned their goalie with just under four minutes remaining in the third only to pull her again after a timeout with 3:09 remaining. Morrisville put several shots near net, but the Bison defenders found a way to keep the Mustangs from extending their lead. Nichols luck would run out though as Alexziz Giannamore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) put away the empty netter with 44 seconds remaining for her 11th goal of the season.
Morrisville's net minder, Karoline Arvik (Trondheim, Norway) collected 17 saves as she recorded her 8th shutout of the season.
The two teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM for the series finale in Morrisville.
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The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.