Pioneers Come Back to Beat Cortland 4-2 Behind Two Third-Period Goals by Murphy

(Bridgeport, CT ) – Megan Murphy (Holden, MA) scored the game-tying and winning goals just 24 seconds apart late in the third period, as the Sacred Heart Pioneers came from behind to beat the Cortland State Red Dragons 4-2 Friday night at the Wonderland of Ice. 

Despite outshooting Cortland 25-6 through two periods, the Pioneers found themselves trailing 2-0 going into the third period.  Amanda Maddalena deflected in a goal-mouth pass from Gina Tomei at 4:46 and Shannon Hanks stole an outlet pass to score an unassisted short-handed goal at 15:19 to build the lead.

Sacred Heart cut the deficit in half on a power play goal by Nicole Palazzo(Rocky Hill, CT) 2:22 into the third.  She tipped a high wrist shot from the point from Caitlin Gottwald (Reading, MA), with Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, ON) earning the second assist. 

With about ten minutes left in the third, Cortland starting goalie Katie Double left the game with an injury and was replaced by Sara Ribarich.  She made a couple of saves immediately, but after the Pioneers killed off a double-minor to Fontaine, SHU found itself on a two-man advantage.  Murphy took advantage of both penalties, tying the game by knocking in a loose puck in front of the net at 16:13.  Catie Ladner (Chaska, MN) and Palazzo earned the assists.  Moments later, Fontaine set up Murphy for the game-winner in front of the net seconds after the second Cortland penalty expired at 16:37.  Caitlin Gottwald (Reading, MA) gave SHU an insurance goal with 1:19 left, rushing the puck the length of the ice off a defensive zone face off win by Fontaine and sliding the puck into a wide-open net as Ribarich made her way to the bench for the extra attacker.

SHU finished the game outshooting Cortland 45-7.

The Pioneers return to action Saturday afternoon at the Wonderland of Ice when they host Wesleyan at 2:00 pm.