SHELTON, Conn. - Sacred Heart and Stevenson skated through two even periods of scoreless hockey on Saturday evening at the Sports Center of Connecticut before two goals in the final 9:54 of the game propelled the Mustangs to a 2-0 shutout win over the Pioneers.
McKenzie Taggart scored for the eventual game–winner for the second straight night before a power play goal from Tori Emoff with just 2:14 remaining all but sealed the final result.
SHU did have its opportunities to tie the game before the second Mustang goal. The Pioneers recorded the ensuing six shots after the opening score, including three on their lone power play of the game, but Caitie Darosa could not be beaten.
Darosa combined with Amanda Fontaine to make 26 saves through the first two periods to keep it scoreless. Fontaine finished the evening with 25 in the loss, while Darosa preserved the shutout with 19. With just four total penalties in the game, one being coinciding, each team got just one power play opportunity.
In an even first period, in which each team recorded seven shots, Stevenson had the first three attempts on net. SHU's first shot did not come until over seven minutes in, but the Pioneers had one of the best opportunities of the period. With just over three minutes left, Casey Stathopoulos controlled her own faceoff in the offensive zone and skated in on net for a point blank opportunity on net, only to be denied by Darosa. Skelley followed up with a point blank rebound forcing another Darosa denial.
Stevenson controlled play in the second, outshooting Sacred Heart 9-3, including the final five shots of the period, but could not beat Fonatine. The Pioneers best chance again started with Stathopoulos, as she combined with Teagan Ketchum to put back-to-back shots on net just over eight minutes in. Fontaine was forced to stop consecutive shots just over three minutes later.
SHU returns to the Sports Center of Connecticut for a mid week game with Wesleyan on Tuesday at 7 pm.