The Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey team opened the second-half of the season with a 6-1 victory over visiting Salem State at the Rinks at Shelton. The victory improves the Pioneers to 3-4-2 on the season, while the Vikings fall to 3-8-0 on the year.
The two teams played evenly throughout most of the first period, until a penalty gave SHU a skater advantage in the final minutes. Casey Stathopoulos converted an Amie Varano pass with 12 seconds left in the period for a 1-0 Pioneer advantage.
The Pioneers found themselves on the short side end of a 4-3 situation, but Hanna Skelley took a face-off the length of the ice to score a shorthanded tally 3:37 into the second period for a 2-0 edge. Varano found the net just over three minutes later for a 3-0 lead that remained intact into the final stanza.
Salem State struck 49 seconds into the final period, on a Kristin McKenzie goal. SHU responded with the final three scores of the game, in a 6:03 span. Taylor Moreland scored a power play goal to begin the run and was followed by Megan Ofner and Teagan Ketchum.
Varano and Skelley both finished with a goal and an assist to pace the Pioneer effort.
Nicole Magee earned the win in net for SHU, with 16 saves. She made 14 of those stops in the first two periods of play. Jenn Toussaint made 29 saves, a dozen in the third period, for the Vikings.
SHU returns to action on Sunday afternoon, hosting St. Anselm at 2:00 p.m. at the Rinks at Shelton.