Pioneers Fall in Home Opener to Saint Anselm
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey team opened the home slate of its schedule with a 6-4 loss to Saint Anselm at the Wonderland of Ice on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 0-5-0 on the season, while it was a season opening win for the Hawks.
Six different players scored en route to the Saint Anselm victory. Junior Jamie Comrie netted the first goal of the game at the 3:01 mark. SHU answered with a power play goal by senior forward Brittany Hartman (Edina, Minn.) as she skated up from the center line and went in for the score. Sophomore Rosemarie Giarusso responded with a Hawk goal just 11 seconds later to put Saint Anselm on top for good.
The Hawks built their lead up to 4-1 midway through the second period, but Hartman found the back of the net for the second time, this time assisted by graduate student Kate Dunlop (Fleshrton, Ont.), to pull the Pioneers to within two.
In the third period, senior forward Sarah Ellins posted a goal to put Saint Anselm up 5-2 at the 5:43 mark. SHU cut the lead back down to two as freshman Catie Ladner (Chaska, Minn.) registered her first collegiate goal, assisted by senior Lauren Fontain (Windsor, Ont.) and junior Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, Conn.).
Freshman Courtney Winters would add one more for the Hawks as she pushed the teams total to six. Junior forward Tara Kent (Glenview, Ill.) would end the scoring for the Pioneers as she tallied a goal with seven and a half minutes left, on a delayed penalty.
In goal for SHU, freshman Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn.) started and made 40 saves. In relief of Schutt, junior Raelene Sydor (St. Albert, Alta.) made three saves in her first appearance of the season. For Saint Anselm, junior goaltender Amy Zappen stopped 21 shots to earn the win.
The Pioneers return to action on Wednesday November 3 as they are once again at home, taking on Holy Cross at 7:00 pm.