January 14, 2011

Women's Hockey Home for Two This Weekend

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team, winners of three of its last four, are in action against Cortland State and Wesleyan at the Wonderland of Ice this weekend.  Overall the Pioneers are 5-15 on the season, but 3-2 since the change of the calendar earlier this month.

About the Pioneers... Sacred Heart defeated Salve Regina, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon to improve to 5-15 on the season. Senior forward Kristina Hankins posted her fifth goal of the season, which stood as the game-winner. Classmate Lauren Fontaine, who collected two assists against the Seahawks, leads the way with 12 total points, on four goals and eight assists. Fellow senior Brittany Hartman ranks third on the team in scoring with nine points, including a team-leading six scores.

Scouting the Red Dragons... Freshman Gina Tomei leads a struggling Cortland squad with 3 points, on two goals and an assist. The Red Dragons enter tonight's contest at 1-9-2 overall.

Last Time They Met... Last Friday, SHU defeated Cortland, 8-0, in the opening game of the Neumann Holiday Tournament. Hankins netted a hat trick in the win. In net, freshman Alexius Schutt earned her first career shutout by stopping all 26 shots from the Red Dragons. Junior Jamie Mey added a goal and two assists in the win.

Scouting the Cardinals... Wesleyan enters the weekend 2-8-1 overall coming off a 1-1 tie against New England College on Thursday night. Junior forward Jill Reynolds leads the team in scoring with four goals and three assists for seven total points. Sophomore Ashleigh Corvi holds a .901 save percentage between the pipes.

Last Time They Met... Fontaine powered the Pioneers to a 4-2 win in Middletown last February with a hat trick that included the 50th goal of her career.  Hartman posted what would prove to be the game-winner, her 12th of the season, midway through the third period. Kate Dunlop picked up a pair of assists in the SHU victory.

In the Record Book... Earlier this month, Lauren Fontaine became just the fourth player in program history to record 100 points in her career. She remains ranked fourth all-time with 106 points, one behind Angela Yuhas ('03) for third. Fontaine's 61 career scores rank third, while her 45 assists place her in fifth. Michelle Panella ('07) holds the team's all-time scoring marks with 76 goals and 133 points.

Up Next... Sacred Heart repays Wesleyan as it travel to Middletown for a 7:00 pm contest on Tuesday January 18. Following that, the Pioneers stay on the road for a pair of games at Bowdoin on January 29 and 30.