Feb. 28, 2010
WORCESTER, MA (February 28, 2010) - Though the game was officially a 3-3 tie, the Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey team came out on top 4-3 with a win in a shootout over St. Michael's College in the ECAC Open Championship consolation game, Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers concluded the season 7-17-2, while the Purple Knights finished 3-20-2.
Junior Brittany Hartman (Prior Lake, MN) broke through with the first goal of the game 2:43 into the game for SHU. SMC came back with a pair of power play goals to grab the lead before the close of the frame. Junior Kelly Rose Losi scored the first, followed by senior Desiree Biron.
Sophomore Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, CT) notched a goal on the power play 6:39 into the second to tie the game at two. The Pioneers would take the lead less than six minutes later as Hartman found the back of the net for her 14th score of the season.
Purple Knights senior captain Alexis Reagan tied the game at three with just over six minutes to play in the second stanza.
After a scoreless third period and overtime frame the two teams entered a shootout. Sacred Heart shot first and both teams were scoreless in their first two tries. Senior Kate Dunlop (Flesherton, ON) was the first to light the lamp for the Pioneers. Biron answered with a score for SMC, but Hartman came right back with a score for SHU. With the game on the line, freshman Allison Graf scored to keep the Purple Knights alive. In the seventh round of the shootout, Dunlop scored again to give the Pioneers the win.
Sophomore Raelene Sydor (St. Albert, AB) recorded 19 saves for the Pioneers. In between the pipes, for the Purple Knights junior Alysia Goldman made 41 saves.
Sacred Heart outshot Saint Michael's 44-22 for the game. The Pioneers converted only once in ten power play opportunities, while the Purple Knights took full advantage twice in six chances.