Pioneers Give Holy Cross Early Scare in Home Opener
Nov. 18, 2009
BRIDGEPORT, CT (November 18, 2009) – The Sacred Heart University women’s ice hockey team took a 3-1 lead into the locker room at the first intermission. Holy Cross, who came into the game a perfect 4-0, would respond by scoring four unanswered en route to a 5-3 win at the Wonderland of Ice Wednesday night. The Crusaders picked up their fifth win in as many tries as the Pioneers dropped to 1-7 on the season.
SHU got on the board early as sophomore Lauren Towers (West Hartford, CT/Hall) scored 25 seconds into the contest off a centering pass from classmate Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, CT/Westminster). Junior Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, ON/Catholic Central) sniped a shot from the left side to net her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Before the close of the period, junior Brittany Hartman (Prior Lake, MN/Edina) posted her third goal of the season off assists from classmate Taryn Lapierre (Oakland, RI/Mount St. Charles Academy) and sophomore Jennifer Burroughs (Raleigh, NC/Carolina Jr. Hurricanes).
Holy Cross tied the game at three with one minute remaining in the second stanza as senior Kathryn Kelly rebounded a shot by classmate Wendy Nobrega and found the back of the net. The game winner came when junior Lisa Wilson lit the lamp 8:49 into the final period.
Fontaine had an opportunity to tie the game on a fast break with 7:52 remaining, but was stonewalled by Crusader goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol.
Junior Monique Gallant started and stopped seven shots for the Crusaders, but was replaced by the sophomore, Dominick-Sobol after the first period. Dominick-Sobol recorded 31 saves and her fourth win of the season. In between the pipes for the Pioneers, freshman Emily Siira (Cedarburg, WI/Wisconsin Wild) posted 30 saves and allowed four goals.
For Sacred Heart it was the second straight game they outshot their opponents, but still fell short of the victory.
The Pioneers take to the ice again on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving for the Nutmeg Classic hosted by the University of Connecticut.