SHELTON, Conn,- The Sacred Heart University women's hockey team (23-6-2, 6-4) earned a 5-0 win over St. Michael's (5-20) on Friday night at the Sports Center of Connecticut. The Pioneers came out flying and controlled play in all three periods.
SHU recorded twelve shots on net to St. Michael's two in a scoreless first period. The closest either team came to scoring was when SHU's Hayley Payne rung a wrist shot off the post from the right circle with 3:30 remaining in the period.
The Pioneers continued their success early in the second period, as thirty seconds in, Jayne Lewis took a pass from Payne behind the net and buried home the wraparound for her eighteenth goal of the season, giving Sacred Heart a 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Maddie Bishop increased the Pioneers lead to 2-0, as she buried home a rebound from a scrum in front of the net. After incidental penalties set the teams at four skaters a piece, Savannah Hersey set up Taylor Moreland to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.
The Pioneers added two more goals in the third, as three minutes into the period Hersey joined the scoring column, both Lewis and Moreland added assists with their second points of the night. Nine minutes later, Brittany Smith added a goal on the power play, with an assist from Olivia Bryant, leading SHU to a 5-0 win.
Devan Kane recorded thirteen saves on the night, en route to her first shutout of the season. The Pioneers had a total of 44 shots and St. Michaels had a total of 13.
The Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for Senior Day as they host St. Michaels again at 4 p.m. at the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton.