Women's ice hockey falls to Franklin Pierce in NEHC opener

Women's ice hockey falls to Franklin Pierce in NEHC opener

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team lost to Franklin Pierce University, 5-0, in its first New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game of the year Friday evening at Cairns Arena. The loss moves the Purple Knights to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in NEHC play. The win moves the Ravens to 2-1 and 1-1.

For the Purple Knights, senior Tori Hubbard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) went 6-for-9 on faceoffs while classmate Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass./The Rivers School) made 39 saves for her 22nd career 30-save outing. For the Ravens, junior Alex Brolsma scored twice, while senior Marisa Ketterman and first-years Meg Gilbride and Kayla Trujillo each contributed a goal and an assist. Senior Shannon O'Neil made 17 saves on her way to a shutout.

Two minutes into the first period, senior Erin Dwyer (Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) fired a shot from the high slot that was denied by O'Neil with a pad save. With 12 minutes remaining, Ketterman beat a Purple Knight defender to create a look alone on goal with Burke, but her shot was kept out with a right pad save. Late in the period, Ketterman sent a feed from the top of the left circle to Gilbride just in front of the right post and Gilbride finished past Burke's blocker side to make the score 1-0 with 3:26 remaining.

A little more than 9 minutes into the second, first-year Alissa Sullivan (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) fired a shot from the high slot that rebounded off O'Neil's pad, and senior Tori Dinger (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) tracked down the rebound but her shot from the doorstep was denied by O'Neil. Halfway through the period Trujillo found a loose puck in the slot following a battle on the half board, and she fired a shot that beat Burke past her blocker side to put the Ravens up 2-0 with 9:59 remaining. Forty seconds later, Brolsma put a low shot past Burke following a feed from first-year Alli Sugar. With a little less than two minutes remaining in the second, Trujillo took a shot through a screening defender that was headed for the top right corner, but Burke was able to stop and hold the puck within her armpit on her glove side.

With 16:55 remaining in the third, senior Michelle Holmes had an opportunity on the doorstep but the low shot was denied by Burke with a pad save. A minute and half later, sophomore Madison Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) fired a hard and low shot from the top of the right circle that O'Neil kept out with a pad save. Two minutes later, Nichols let go off a shot from the same spot, and this time O'Neil kept it out with a blocker save. With a little more than 12 minutes remaining, Dwyer fired a shot through a screen that would have hit the bottom right corner if not of another pad stop by O'Neil. Halfway through the period, Nichols got an open look in the high slot following a set-up from first-year Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy), but her shot hit O'Neil in the chest.

With 4:51 remaining, Ketterman finished a rebound opportunity on an open net during a power play, giving the Ravens a 4-0 lead. Two and a half minutes later, Brolsma beat Burke through the legs with a shot on the ice at 17:27. The Purple Knights did not generate another attempt on goal in the game's closing minutes.

Up next for the Purple Knights is a home contest against NEHC opponent University of Massachusetts at Boston at Cairns Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beacons are ranked 10th in the D3hockey.com national poll.