October 20, 2008

Women’s Icers Roll Over Stony Creek, Durham

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The women’s ice hockey team must be feeling pretty pleased with itself, after an ego-boosting weekend of home exhibition games that saw the Red charge past Stoney Creek 9-3, only to hand out an even bigger pounding to Durham, defeating its opponents by the embarrassingly large margin of 12-1.
The scoring against Stoney Brook was distributed fairly evenly throughout the two-hour beating. Stoney Brooke actually got on the board first, hitting the net less than two minutes into the first period. Senior forward Emma Chipman tied the score up a little over two minutes later, however, and the Red didn’t look back again.
It was equal opportunity scoring for the Red, as goals were scored by multiple players including four freshmen.
Junior forward Stephanie Holmes led the Red with two goals and two assists. In net, Junior Jenny Niesluchowski and Kayla Strong split responsibilities, making 11 and eight saves, respectively.
Sophomore Rebecca Johnston was the hero of the second game, against Durham, not that the Red needed a hero at any time during the blowout. Johnston led the Red with four goals and two assists. Freshman Ashley Duffy added two goals and classmate Chelsea Karpenko—who scored in the first game as well—tallied another goal and four assists.
Johnston scored first, putting the Red up 1-0 less than two minutes into the first period, but Durham came back to score it’s first—and last—goal of the contest three minutes later. Johnston regained the lead for the Red at 8:02, the technical game winner.
The Red dominated in the second and third periods, out shooting Durham 53-16 of the night. The Lighting’s net minders combined for 41 saves, a respectable total under normal circumstances.