FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Tomorrow's women's ice hockey game between Sacred Heart and Salve Regina has been moved up to 1:00 pm due to a snowstorm scheduled to hit the area, Tuesday night.
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart returns to the Wonderland of Ice for its first of three home games this week following a trip to the Neumann Holiday Tournament finals last weekend.
About the Pioneers... Senior forward Lauren Fontaine has come on strong of late and leads the team with 10 points, on four goals and six assists. At Southern Maine last week she eclipsed the 100-point mark for her career with a three-assist game against the Huskies. Classmate Brittany Hartman is second on the team in scoring with a team-high six goals to go with a pair assists, while junior Nicole Palazzo has collected a team-best five assists.
Last Time Out... Last weekend, Sacred Heart defeated Cortland St. 8-0, behind a hat trick from senior Kristina Hankins, to move on the the Neumann Holiday Tournament finals. Hankins scored again in the championship, as did junior Tara Kent, but the Pioneers came up short against the host. Freshman netminder Alexius Schutt totaled 63 saves for the tournament.
Scouting the Seahawks... Salve Regina enters this afternoon's contest at 5-7-1 overall. Sophomore Rachel Porter leads the way with nine point, on five goals anf four helpers. Classmate Melanie Sherlock has added to the Seahawk attack with five scores. Junior Rebecca Simmons and sophomore Ali Muehlbronner have split time between the pipes, combining for 388 saves.
Last Time vs. SRU... Junior goaltender Raelene Sydor (St. Albert, Alta.) stopped 26 shots to earn the first shutout of her career in a 5-0 Pioneers win over the Seahawks last year at the Wonderland. Sacred Heart used a three-goal second period with scores from Hankins, Palazzo, and Fontaine to plow the way to victory.
Up Next... The Pioneers remain at home as they take on Cortland St. and 7:00 pm Friday night and Wesleyan at 2:00 pm Saturday afternoon.