SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Nicole Magee recorded her second consecutive shutout, and the Sacred Heart women's ice hockey team erupted for four third period goals in blanking Plymouth State 5-0 on Friday afternoon in the first day of the DoubleTree Hockey Classic hosted by St. Michael's. With four wins over the past seven days, SHU moves over .500 for the first time this season at 6-5-2.
Making 33 saves to improve to 5-2-0 on the year, Magee and has not allowed a goal in 139:11 spanning her last three appearances, and has saved the last 63 shots she has faced. Going into Tuesday's game at Southern Maine without a shutout in her career, the senior has now preserved one in back to back games.
It would look as if Magee would need to preserve that shutout in order for Sacred Heart to hold on for the win, as the Pioneers were only ahead 1-0 entering the third. Megan Finaly provided insurance just fifty seconds out of the intermission though, with an assist from Taylor Moreland, and less than three minutes later Katie Stueve all but sealed it with her first career collegiate goal for a 3-0 lead with 16:21 remaining.
Sacred Heart would not stop there, pressuring the Plymouth State net all period long as the Pioneers totaled 18 shots in the third, more than the 17 they had in the first two combined. Moreland and Finlay each added scores in the final eight minutes to give SHU its largest shutout win since defeating the University of New England 7-0 on February 2, 2013. The two now have five and four goals this season, respectively, and for Finlay, it was the first two-goal game of her career.
Magee's opponent in net, Emelie Lindqvist, held strong in net for the first two periods, saving 16 of the 17 shots she faced before allowing the four third period goals. In total, she made 30 saves on 35 shots, as the Sacred Heart had just more shot on net than the Panthers. The teams went a combined 0-5 on the power play.
Cassandra Hanlon opened the scoring just 6:06 into the game with her second goal of the season. Casey Stathopoulos assisted on the score, as well as on Finlay's second goal along with Hanna Skelley, to extend her point streak to seven games and increase her team-lead in assists to eight. Skelley joined Moreland with her fifth assists, good for second most on the team.
Sacred Heart will look to continue take on the host, St. Michael's, tomorrow at 4 pm.