Sacred Heart Holds off Williams Smith, 4-3

Sacred Heart Holds off Williams Smith, 4-3

GENEVA, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey team scored three first period goals, and then survived a late Williams Smith third period surge to win, 4-3, at the Geneva Recreation Complex on Saturday afternoon. It is the Pioneers' second straight win over the Herons, which lifts their record 7-13-1. WS drops to 2-16-1.

Heather Daley proved to net the game winner, stretching SHU's lead to 4-1 after her goal with 13:29 remaining in the game. Brianna Connolly, who was one of two Pioneers with two points on the day, set up the goal with her second assist of the contest.

Grace Durham's power play goal with 7:30 on the clock sparked a Williams Smith near comeback, as Rachel McKay netted another two and a half minutes later to cut the deficit to, 4-3, with just 5:05 left. The Herons skated the final 1:45 of the game at 6-5, pulling their goalie, but could only manage two attempts on net, which were both saved by Nicole Magee to secure the Pioneer victory.

Sacred Heart, behind a, 19-6, advantage in the opening period, outshot the Herons, 43-29, in the contest. Magee stopped 26 shots in the victory, her second in a row, to improve her record to an even 3-3. Maggie Salmon denied 39 shots in the loss. Both teams scored once on the power play, as Sacred Heart had three more opportunities, 5-2.

The Pioneers first of three goals in the opening period was netted by Natasha Klinoff less than five minutes in. Klinoff gave SHU the early lead with 15:16 showing, after being set up by Brittany Smith. Sacred Heart added to lead on a power play, as Alanna Woodford scored in her fourth straight game to increase her team to 13. Casey Stathopoulos and Kinoff worked the puck around the zone to set up the score. Megan Finlay netted her first career goal to make the lead three just 3:49 before the first intermission. In addition to Connolly assisting on the score, Carly Radovich notched her first ever assist.

The Herons did gain momentum before heading into the locker room, scoring a shorthanded goal with only 1:20 left in the period to cut lead to two. The two goalies combined to deny all 22 shots on net in the second to keep the score, 3-1 heading into the final period.

SHU hits the road next Friday for yet another weekend series, beginning next Friday at Stevenson with a 1:30 start. Stevenson defeated the Pioneers twice just last weekend at the Sports Center of Connecticut, by scores of 5-2 and 6-1.

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