Bears down Purple Knights for DoubleTree Classic Title; Komsa named MVP
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT.—Four different players scored for the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (5-8-1) as the Bears downed host Saint Michael's (1-10-1) 4-1 to capture the DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic Title. Potsdam has now won three straight contests and is 4-1-1 in its last six. Senior captain Katie Komsa was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player and junior captain Brittany Lucky was named to the all-tournament team.
Komsa opened the scoring at 6:59 of the first period with an assist from junior assistant captain Jenn Crawford. Tight defense allowed just six shots per team in the opening 20 minutes, but Bears senior goaltender Jen Conophy kept the Purple Knights at bay and Potsdam took the one-goal lead into the break.
Just 56 seconds into the second period, sophomore forward Alexandra Holowka gave Potsdam a 2-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Emilee Hazelden assisted on the goal. Potsdam dominated the second period, outshooting the Purple Knights 13-5, but Saint Mike's goalie Meaghan Leong kept her team in the game. Conophy was perfect through 40 minutes.
At the 10:30 mark of the third period, Macey Thomas finally solved Conophy to get the Purple Knights to within 2-1. However, the Bears answered 1:33 later as freshman defenseman Kristen Domanski buried her second of the weekend. Freshman forward Sarah Nelson and junior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) recorded the assists. Just 46 seconds after that, Lucky gave Potsdam all the insurance it would need and the Bears rolled to the 4-1 win.
Conophy finished with 19 saves to earn her first victory of the season, while Leong stopped 29 shots. Potsdam outshot the Purple Knights 33-20. Saint Mike's was 0-4 on the power play and the Bears went without an opportunity on the man advantage.
“Our forecheck and execution were much better today,” said Bears Head Coach Jay Green. “It was just a much better effort by everyone and I'm very pleased. We're leaving here with two big wins and are much happier with our play.”
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday as they host the Castleton State Spartans at 7 p.m. at Cheel Arena.