January 15, 2011

Pioneers Shutout Wesleyan for Third Straight Win

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Freshman goaltender Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn.) stopped 31 shots to earn her second shutout of the season in a 5-0 win for the Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team, over Wesleyan, at the Wonderland of Ice, Saturday afternoon.

The win was the third straight for the Pioneers and their fifth in six games.  Overall SHU stands at 7-15-0, while the Cardinals dropped to 2-9-1.  The win was the 150th career victory for head coach Tom O'Malley, who has accumulated 68 wins behind the bench for Sacred Heart.

Sophomore defender Sarah Delaney (Whittman, Mass.) started the scoring early with her first goal of the season coming at the 2:22 mark of the first period.  Delaney fired a shot on net that was saved, but picked up the lose puck and slipped it past the goalie for the opening score.  Midway through the period senior forward Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, Ont.) tallied her fifth score of the season to put SHU up 2-0.  Junior Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and freshman Catie Ladner (Chaska, Minn.) both assisted on both first period goals.

In the second, Ladner found the back of the net for her second of the year 1:50 into the period.  With 2:40 remaining Ladner sent the puck up the left boards for Fontaine who skated in and beat the goalie on her glove side for her second of the afternoon.

Junior forward Jamie Mey (Middletown, R.I.) added to the Pioneers scoring with a goal at the 15:06 mark of the final period.  Sophomore defender Maura Leahy (Ashburnham, Mass.) picked up two assists on the afternoon.

Sacred Heart outshot the Cardinals 49-31 for the game, including 26-10 in the final stanza.  In net for Wesleyan, sophomore Nicole Bonneau made 44 saves.

The Pioneers and Cardinals go at it again on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm as SHU visits Middletown for the rematch.