February 2, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Take on Williams and Wesleyan in Week Ahead

Feb. 2, 2010

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

Setting the Scene...  Sacred Heart returns home to face Williams College at the Wonderland of Ice ay 7:00 pm. On Saturday the Pioneers hit the road to play in-state opponent Wesleyan at 3:00 pm.

 

About Sacred Heart... The Pioneers, having lost five straight, enter tonight's contest with a record of 5-15-1. Junior forward Lauren Fontaine leads the team in scoring with 26 points, 14 goals and 12 assists. Classmate Brittany Hartman has scored 10 goals and collected 12 assists, with a team-high four power play goals. Senior Kate Dunlop ranks third in scoring with eight goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Nicole Palazzo leads the team in assists with 13. In between the pipes for the Pioneers, freshman Emily Siira has started 14 games and made 453 saves, while owning a .850 save percentage.

 

Scouting the Ephs... Williams currently stands at 8-7-2 overall coming into tonight's game. Senior Torrey Taussig is the Ephs' leading scorer with six goals and a team-high nine assists for 15 total points. Fellow senior Tracey Ferriter and sophomore Kristen Tubbs have recorded 11 points each. Ferriter has scored four goals to go with seven assists, while Tubbs has netted five goals and six assists. Senior goaltender Sara Plunkett has started every game and owns a .941 save percentage and a 1.79 GAA.

 

Scouting the Cardinals... As of February 1 Wesleyan has a record of 3-14-0. The Cardinals face off with Nichols College on February 3. Sophomore Julia Mulhern has the most points on the team with six. Classmate Jill Reynolds has netted five goals, the most on the team. Freshman goaltender Ashleigh Corvi has stopped 646 saves for a .891 save percentage.

 

Last Time Out... Sacred Heart was swept at Robert Morris, in Pittsburgh, PA, this past weekend. In game one, the Pioneers fell to the Colonials 10-2. On Saturday, the Red & White fell behind 10-0 before the second intermission en route to a 13-4 defeat. Hartman and Dunlop scored the two goals each in the two games and assisted on each other's goals. Siira made 53 stops in close to a game and a half in the cage.

 

Up Next... As a late addition to the schedule the Pioneers will face Salve Regina at the Wonderland of Ice on Wednesday February 10 at 7:30 pm.

 

Captains... Kate Dunlop, the team's lone senior, was named the captain of the Pioneers by head coach Tom O'Malley during the preseason. Junior Lauren Fontaine was honored with the title of assistant captain prior to SHU's weekend series at Robert Morris (January 22-23).

 

Home Cookin'... The Red & White beat Nichols to start a stretch of seven straight home games. So far the Pioneers are 3-2 on their home ice, plus a split series with Western Ontario and a 4-4 tie in an exhibition matchup with Robert Morris (IL).  Last season, Sacred Heart went 7-6 at the Wonderland of Ice.

 

Nutmeg Classic... Yale hosted the annual Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, CT on Thanksgiving weekend. In the first round, SHU lost the opening game to the host Bulldogs 10-1. Sophomore Sara Reddington registered the lone Pioneer goal. The University of Connecticut took down Quinnipiac 1-0 to advance to the finals. In the championship round, UConn beat Yale 6-1.

 

Life on the Road... Sacred Heart opened the season with a string of seven straight away games, plus an exhibition at Rhode Island. The Pioneers returned home after completing a 1-6 mark on the road. SHU lost the opening series of the season at Maine with losses of 9-0 and 11-4.