SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The State University of New York at Potsdam's women's ice hockey team won Saint Michael's College's eighth annual DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic on Saturday, notching a 4-1 win over the hosts at Cairns Arena. In the other contest, Sacred Heart University topped Nichols College, 4-1.
Junior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) tallied a goal midway through the third period for 1-10-1 Saint Michael's, while classmate Meaghan Leong (Cohasset, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) stopped 29 shots in her first appearance of the season. Senior goalie Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) was named to the all-tournament team.
SUNY Potsdam, which improves to 5-8-1, received goals from the tournament's most valuable player, senior Katie Komsa (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/Sault Ste. Marie AA Midget), junior all-tournament honoree Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario/Ottawa Senators), sophomore Alexandra Holowka (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Balmoral Hall) and first-year Kristen Domanski (Brooklin, Ontario/Barrie Sharks). Senior Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y./Albany Ice Cats) made 19 saves to grab the victory.
Komsa found the back of the net 6:59 into an opening period that saw each team fire six shots on net. Holowka scored just 56 seconds into the second frame to put the Bears up, 2-0, in what was the only marker of the period. Thomas scored her second of the season midway through the third period to bring the Purple Knights back to within a goal. Domanski put SUNY Potsdam on top, 3-1, with 7:57 remaining before Lucky converted just 46 ticks later.
In the afternoon's first match-up, sophomore Melissa Robbins (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) paced 7-8-1 Sacred Heart with a pair of goals and an assist, while classmate Casey Stathopoulos (Waltham, Mass./New Hampshire) added a goal and an assist to grab all-tournament accolades. Junior Sara Hanna (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) also tallied for the Pioneers, and classmate Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn./Elk River) denied 34 shots to land on the all-tournament team.
Sophomore Talia Hohmann (Marina, Calif./San Jose Jr. Sharks) picked up all-tournament honors with a goal for 2-10 Nichols, while classmate Tori Gianformaggio (Huntington Beach, Calif./Boston Shamrocks) made 41 stops.
Robbins tallied the first period's lone marker on a shorthanded opportunity with 1:04 remaining to put Sacred Heart on top 1-0 after one. Stathopoulos added to the Pioneer advantage with a tally 13:26 into the second frame on an assist from Robbins before Robbins converted her second of the contest with 1:10 left in the period. Hohmann found the back of the net on the power play 9:14 into the third period to cut the Sacred Heart advantage to two, but the Pioneers netted their fourth goal of the contest when Hanna scored on the power play with 56 seconds left.
Saint Michael's returns to the ice on Wednesday when it travels to face a Norwich University team that is ranked fifth in the most recent U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III poll at 5:30 p.m. for the front end of a home-and-home. The Purple Knights host the Cadets, who advanced to last season's NCAA title game and won the 2011 NCAA Tournament, on Friday at 4 p.m.
Eighth Annual Women's DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic
Most Valuable Player
Katie Komsa, SUNY Potsdam
Katie Komsa, SUNY Potsdam (MVP)
Brittany Lucky, SUNY Potsdam
Alexius Schutt, Sacred Heart
Casey Stathopoulos, Sacred Heart
Talia Hohmann, Nichols
Erin Stevens, Saint Michael's