BEVERLY, Mass. – The Morrisville State Women's Ice Hockey team continued their quest to defend their Colonial Hockey Conference title on Saturday evening, defeating the #2 seed Nichols College Bisons in the semifinal contest, 4-2.
- Final Score:
- Morrisville 4, Nichols 1
- Location: Beverly, Mass.
- Morrisville St. (16-8-2), Nichols (14-9-3)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Mustangs jumped on Nichols early doubling the #2 seed in the tournament's shot attempts 15-7, but were unable to find the back of the net until the later third of the first period.
- Mackenzie Lombardi (Hamilton, Ont.) collected the loose puck in front of the crease after Maria deWilde's (Caistorville, Ont.) initial shot to put the Mustangs up 1-0 at the 14:19 mark.
- Just over four minutes later, Morrisville picked up a key power play goal as Tessa Dobson (Moose Factory, Ont.) laid out in front of the crease to just get her stick on Alexziz Giannamore's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pass to re-direct it into the net for the 2-0 lead. Also assisting on the goal was Kaitlyn Schlake (Nampa, Idaho).
- The Mustangs converted on another critical power play thirteen minutes into the second period. Kylie Cameron (Burlington, Ont.) found a window between the pads of Nichols' goaltender to give Morrisville a 3-0 lead. Maddison Devlin (Campbell River, B.C.) and Giannamore were credited with the assists.
- However, the Bisons would not go away, notching their first goal of the game on a power play strike of their own just thirty nine seconds later in the second period.
- Nichols continued to swing the momentum in their favor, cutting the Morrisville lead to just one at the 18:19 mark in the second period.
- Clinging to just a one goal lead heading into the third, the Mustangs went into clock management mode, controlling the puck for the majority of the third period.
- The Bisons continued to push, getting two quality looks at the net late in the third, but back-to-back penalties gave the Mustangs a 5v3 skater advantage at the 17:07 mark.
- Lombardi sealed the deal for Morrisville, converting on yet another power play opportunity at the 17:31 mark, for the 4-2 final score. Jessica Ujcik (Munich, Germany) picked up her 12th assist of the season on the goal.
- Collectively, the Mustangs converted on three of their four power play opportunities.
- Karoline Arvik (Trondheim, Norway) tallied 16 saves in the win for Morrisville.
The Mustangs advance to the CHC Final against familiar foe, Endicott College tomorrow at 2 PM. The Gulls defeated the Nor'Easters from the University of New England in the other semifinal contest.
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.