Grimmer, Bishop Lead Women's Hockey To NEWHA Win

Grimmer, Bishop Lead Women's Hockey To NEWHA Win

The Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey team defeated visiting New England Women's Hockey Associate foe St. Michael's College 4-1 Friday afternoon at the SportsCenter of Connecticut. The Pioneers improve to 19-7-4 overall and 8-4-3 in NEWHA action while the Purple Knights fall to 6-15-1 on the year and 4-11-1 in league action.

The Pioneers scored three goals in the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie, to overcome an early 1-0 deficit. Victoria Grimmer and Maddie Bishop both scored and tallied an assist for the Pioneers. Sarah Erban made nine saves, and didn't allow a goal over the final 51:21 of play.

The two team's face-off again on Saturday to close out the Pioneers home schedule. Game time is set for 5:30 pm and the contest will be preceded by a ceremony honoring the SHU seniors.

First Period

  • St. Michaels' took the lead when Krista Ferrari netted a rebound from a Jordan Monbouquette and Maddie Gervais
  • Pioneers found the equalizer on the power play when Haley Payne found the back of the net from Maddie Bishop and Savannah Hersey
  • The Pioneers won 13 of 20 first period faceoffs and outshot the visitor 11-7

Second Period

  • SHU outshot the Purple Knights 12-1 in the second period, but Vika Simons stopped all dozen shots she faced
  • Sarah Erban stopped the one shot that she faced in the frame
  • The Purple Knights were 9-6 on faceoffs in the second

Third Period

  • Victoria Grimmer scored unassisted 6:35 into the final period, putting the Pioneers in front for good, 2-1
  • The Pioneers earned an insurance goal from Maddie Bishop at the 12:21 mark, as she tallied passes from Grimmer and Marissa Letizio
  • Lilly Cleary rounded out the scoring, stuffing in a shot from the top of the crease with 4:01 remaining

By The Numbers

  • The Pioneers finished with a 33-10 advantage in shots, including a 22-3 edge in the second and third periods combined
  • Simons made 29 saves in goal for St. Michaels
  • The Pioneers finished 28-24 on face-offs on the night, with 12 wins from Katie Stueve
  • SHU killed off the only penalty that is was whistled for and scored on 1-3 chances of skating with a man advantage