Six Pioneers Score in 6-1 Win Over Rhode Island

Photo Credit: Robert J Tierney
Photo Credit: Robert J Tierney

SHELTON, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's ice hockey got goals six different players score goals as it skated past Rhode Island for the third time this season, winning 6-1 at the Sports Center of Connecticut on Friday night. In addition to scoring goals, Teagan Ketchum and Hannah Sullivan picked up assists to lead the Pioneers with two points each.

SHU struck early just 5:57 into the first when Julia Consorte jammed a loose puck in at the front of net in. Sullivan and Lilly Cleary assisted on the go ahead and eventual game winning score. Less than five minutes later it was Sullivan doubling the lead with an unassisted goal with 9:11 showing on the clock.

The second period looked like it may end scoreless with both goalies making multiple impressive saves, but Ketchum changed that when she deflected Julie Dobiac's centering pass out of the air and into the net with 4:49 showing. Earlier in the period Nicole Magee made her biggest stops of the game, denying back-to-back shots on the second of three Rhode Island power plays midway through the period. URI goalie Katelyn Bucior goalie also did well to keep the deficit at just at what the time was two, denying Casey Stathopoulos and Heather Daley on breakaways. Stathopoulos also hit the pipe moments before the Ketchum score

Rhode Island did manage to spoil the shutout with a goal 7:46 mark of the third period, but at that point it was all too late as SHU had already added two third period scores itself. Daley first found a rebound in front of net after a Cassandra Hanlon shot from the point redirected off the boards. Daley controlled the rebound and beat Bucior just 3:21 into the period. Less than three minutes later Brittany smith made it 5-0 after stealing a pass and sending her shot from the right circle into the back of the net. Carly Radovich capped the scoring with a late power play goal from the point with just 3:31 left.

Magee made 16 saves on the night to earn the win, while Bucior stopped 23 of 29 shots in a losing effort.  The Sacred Heart penalty kill was excellent, killing off all five URI power plays.

The two teams meet again tomorrow for a 3:30 pm start at the Sports Center of Connecticut.