SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Sacred Heart University and State University of New York at Potsdam women's ice hockey squads both won on day one of Saint Michael's College's eighth annual DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic on Friday at Cairns Arena. SUNY Potsdam claimed a 6-4 victory in the opener over Nichols College before the Pioneers downed the hosts, 3-0. During the second contest, Purple Knight senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) became the 23rd goalie from a Division III league to ever reach 2,000 career saves.
Stevens finished with 32 saves for 1-9-1 Saint Michael's, which was only outshot by a 35-30 count against the Division I Pioneers. Reigning Classic champion Sacred Heart, now 6-8-1, received first-period goals from senior Jennifer Hasson (Quakertown, Pa./Reading Jr. Royals) and sophomores Natasha Klinoff (Concord, Mass./Southfield School) and Casey Stathopoulos (Waltham, Mass./New Hampshire). Junior Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn./Elk River) made 30 saves for the shutout.
The Purple Knights were outshot just 14-13 in the opening period, but Klinoff broke the deadlock at 6:49 before Hasson and Stathopoulos scored 1:08 apart later in the stanza, with the former making it 3-0 at 12:15. Stevens blanked Sacred Heart during the final 47:44 of the contest, weathering a 13-6 Pioneer shot advantage in the second period before making her 2,000th stop 3:39 into the third. Saint Michael's took 11 of the 19 shots in the third.
In the day's first contest, junior Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario/Clarkson) led 4-8-1 SUNY Potsdam with two goals, while classmate Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) had a goal and two assists in her first game of the season. First-years Natasha Allen (Aspen, Colo./Ontario Hockey Academy), Kristen Domanski (Brooklin, Ontario/Barrie Sharks) and Emilee Hazelden (Bloomingdale, N.Y./Northwood School) also scored, while junior Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) and sophomore Alexandra Holowka (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Balmoral Hall) assisted three markers apiece. Junior Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) made 28 saves.
Sophomores Tawny Buelow (Willow Grove, Pa./New Jersey Rockets), Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va./Prince William Panthers) and Samantha Vicari (Wayne, N.J./Gilmour Academy) and first-year Erin Dice (Ashburn, Va./Washington Pride) all tallied for Nichols, which is now 2-9. Sophomore Talia Hohmann (Marina, Calif./San Jose Jr. Sharks) recorded two assists, and classmate Tori Gianformaggio (Huntington Beach, Calif./Boston Shamrocks) had 30 stops.
Domanski and Hazelden both scored in the opening 6:52 to give SUNY Potsdam a 2-0 edge. The teams combined for four goals in the second period, with Nichols twice forging a tie. Vicari broke the shutout at 4:37, and Murphy knotted the game at 12:36 during a 3-on-1 break. Silveira put SUNY Potsdam back on top at 17:52, but Buelow ripped a shot off the post that rebounded off the goalie and trickled back in to make it 3-3 29 seconds later. The teams combined for four goals in a 6:00 span of the third period, as the Bears snapped a tie and pulled away with the first three. Lucky grabbed her own rebound for the go-ahead marker at 8:33, and Allen scored again at 10:02. Lucky tallied 59 seconds later before Dice pulled the Bison within 6-4 on a breakaway at 14:33.
The eighth annual DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic concludes tomorrow with two more games. Nichols takes on Sacred Heart at 1 p.m., and the Purple Knights oppose SUNY Potsdam at 4 p.m. The team champion, most valuable player and all-tournament team will be announced following the completion of the Classic.