January 20, 2006

Bears Cruise Past Union, 6-0

Jan. 20, 2006

Box Score

Schenectady, NY - The women's ice hockey team (8-8-2, 6-2-1) shut out the Union Dutchwomen (3-13-1, 0-9-0) 6-0, at Messa Arena this evening. Led by senior Keaton Zucker's (Gilford, NH) four assist the Bears out shot Union 62-8.

The Bears dominated the opening period scoring three goals on 21 shots and holding the Dutchwomen to two shots on goal for the first twenty minutes. Senior Myriah Heinhuis (Chatham, ONT) opened up the scoring for the Bears, netting her first goal of the season at the 17:59 mark. Senior Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) gave the puck to sophomore Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) who was sitting behind the net and fed Heinhuis the centering feed in the slot for the Bear's first goal. Brown's next goal came four minutes later when the freshmen line of Frances Male (Toronto, ONT), Merryl Edington-Hryb (Delta, BC) and Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC) connected with 13:49 to go in the period. Edington-Hryb who recorded her first point of the season on the play, took a pass from Smith, and dropped it back to Male who one timed it past Union's goalminder for her fourth goal of the season. Moore tallied the third goal of the period with 10:01 on the clock, taking a pass from Zucker and slipping it over the left shoulder of Alex Zirbel, for her 11th goal of the season.

Union's best scoring chance of the period came with 3:07 to go, as Gabie Wintner found sophomore goalie O'Hara Shipe (Anchorage, AK) moving to her right and put the puck to the left, but Shipe recovered quickly and saved the puck, keeping the Dutchwomen off the board.

Brown's offense was held at bay in the second, as the Dutchwomen were able to keep the puck out of the net, keeping the game at three goal deficit after two. With Brown on a the penalty kill with less than five minutes remaining in the second, Moore and Zucker skated in for a two on two, but Moore's centering pass to Zucker hit a skate of a Union defensemen and bounced behind the net and cleared out by Union. The Dutchwomen were able to pressure Shipe on that same penalty firing three shots at the second year goalie, at point blank range. Shipe stood strong and saved all four shots that came her way, keeping Union off the board.

Brown tacked on three goals in the final period as then went on to defeat Union 6-0. The first goal of the period came on a Bear power play, when senior Margaret Ramsay (Toronto, ONT) netted her fourth goal of the season 1:09 into the period. Later in the period the combo of Moore and Zucker struck again, as Moore netted her second goal of the game, with 8:51 to go in the game. Smith rounded out the scoring for the Bears, as she put back a rebound from a shot by sophomore Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) with sixteen seconds to go in the game. Shipe recorded the shutout stopping all eight shots.

The Bears will wrap up the weekend series with the Dutchwomen, tomorrow afternoon, at 4:00 p.m.