MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's hockey team dominated semifinal action Saturday from the time the puck dropped with the opening whistle as they claimed a 6-0 Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) semifinal win over fourth seeded Nichols College on the Mustangs home ice Saturday afternoon.
The top seeded Mustangs will defend their title tomorrow, advancing to the championship final to face the winner of second seeded Endicott and third seeded SUNY Canton.
Morrisville State had six different players net scores on the day, including Jessica Ujcik (Munich, Germany) who posted the game winner a mere 2:35 into the contest.
Karoline Arvik (Trondheim, Norway) continued her dominance in net, recording 22 saves for the shutout victory, including 10 stops in the second period of action.
Nichols netminder, Cassandra Goyette (Norton, Mass.) kept the Bison in the contest with a 46 save performance, that included 22 in the opening period.
From the moment the puck dropped, Morrisville State made their offensive presence on the ice known, as they continued to pester Goyette until the opening score broke through 2:35 in.
It wasn't until the second period that Morrisville State was able to add to their lead, with a collegiate first goal from defenseman Ts'setkwu Dunstan (Kamloops, British Columbia), the one-timer on the left wing on the Mustangs power play. Ujcik and Alexziz Giannamore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) moved the puck from the right side of the blue to find an open Dunstan for the quick tally.
Morrisville State added another late in the period at the 19:49 mark as Giannamore collected her 13th of the year, a one-touch wrist shot from center ice as Kylie Cameron (Burlington, Ontario) kicked the puck to Maddison Devlin (Campbell River, British Columbia) who found Giannamore alone in front of the Nichols net.
Nichols applied pressure on Arvik at the beginning of the third period, but the athleticism of the freshman goaltender lauded her three straight saves, including two as she dove side to side across the face of the net, to keep the Bison off the scoreboard.
Morrisville State added a fourth tally at the 2:43 mark as Dillabough collected her third score of the season, gathering the rebound off Bunting's initial shot. Megan Kirk (Breezy Point, N.Y.) also registered an assist on the score.
Nichols attempted a late rally by pulling Goyette for an extra skater, but Morrisville State closed out the period with two empty net scores, the first from Devlin with assists to Maria deWilde (Caistorville, Ontario) and Arvik.
Sierra Voeller (Penticton, British Columbia) put the final dagger on the scoreboard with an empty net score as well, off assists from Kim Hughes (Lloydminster, Alberta) and Cameron.
Morrisville State will await their opponent, as Endicott College and SUNY Canton face-off at 4:30 on the Mustangs home ice in the second semifinal.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
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.