Pioneers Earn Shutout Win Over Wesleyan, 2-0

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Freshman goaltender Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn.) stopped 33 shots en route to her third shutout of the season in a 2-0 win for the Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team at Wesleyan, Wednesday evening.

The win improved the Pioneers record to 8-17-0 this season, while the Cardinals fell to 2-15-1.

At the 5:43 mark of the first period, sophomore forward Megan Murphy (Holden, Mass.) scored a power play goal that would prove to be the game winner.  Murphy received the puck in the slot, off a feed from junior Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, Conn.), and backhanded the puck into the net for her eighth score of the season.

After a scoreless second period, senior forward Kristina Hankins (Lexington, Mass.) added her sixth goal of the season to extend the SHU lead to 2-0, 2:15 into the final stanza.  Sophomore defender Sarah Delaney (Whittman, Mass.) set up the goal by firing a shot from the point that was deflected into the net by Hankins.

Sacred Heart outshot Wesleyan 39-33 for the game.  In net for the Cardinals, sophomore Ashleigh Corvi made 37 saves.  SHU successfully killed off all four Wesleyan power play opportunities, but were only able to convert on one power play in eight chances.

The game was originally scheduled for January 18, but postponed due to inclement weather.  The original make-up date was February 6, but it was delayed once again due to snow on the roof of the Wesleyan rink.

The Pioneers return to action this weekend as they host Rhode Island for a weekend series at the Wonderland of Ice.  Saturday's 2:00 pm contest againt the Rams will be Sacred Heart's Class of 2011 Senior Day.