MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Four second period goals powered the Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team to a 7-2 triumph over Morrisville State on Saturday night. It was the most goals for the program for since the 2012 season, as the Pioneers won its second straight game to improve to 2-3. Casey Stathopoulos and Hanna Skelley each scored twice en route to new career highs in points, with four and three respectively, while Nicole Magee picked up her second win a row by stopping 26 of 28 shots.
After Skelley opened the scoring with just 3:15 left in the first period, it was Haley Payne's first career goal that began the second period barrage just 1:58 out of the intermission. Stathopoulos made it 3-0 just 2:04 later before the lead was 4-0 after Skelley's second goal with 10:36 remaining.
Morrisville State (5-2-1) did cut the deficit to 4-1 after Megan Kirk scored unassisted with 5:23 to go in the period, but the Pioneers halted any potential momentum with a power play goal just 1:05 later. Stathopoulos set up Taylor Moreland for a 5-1 lead just 4:18 before the second intermission.
Megan Finlay netted her first goal of the season just 1:17 our of that intermission, while Stathopoulos scored a shorthanded goal with just 4:40 left to make it seven goals for the night.
Despite the score, Morrisville State did hold a 28-21 advantage in shots. SHU killed off two penalties for the second game in a row.
Sacred Heart will look for its third consecutive win tomorrow when the two teams take the ice again for a matinee 12:30 start.