Knights avenge loss, down Bears 3-1
POTSDAM, N.Y.—Neumann University (6-13-1, 4-8 ECAC West) got two third period goal from freshman forward Shanelle Doucette to down the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (7-10-2, 3-7-1) 3-1 at Cheel Arena on Sunday afternoon. Junior assistant captain Jenn Crawford scored for the Bears.
Potsdam outshot the Knights 14-12 in the first period, partially due to their five power plays. However, both teams had their chances to score. Missed execution by the offenses and strong goaltending play from Potsdam's Dawna Salvarinas the Knights' Shannon Donnelly kept the contest scoreless through the first 20 minutes.
Potsdam had several strong scoring chances early in the second period, but it was Neumann getting on the board first. At the 7:03 mark, freshman forward Doucette fired a shot on goal that Salvarinas stopped, but freshman forward Jessica Langdon drove home the rebound. Potsdam responded with a flurry in the Neumann zone, but Donnelly kept them off the board. At the 15:09 mark, Doucette was hauled down on a breakaway and awarded the Knights' second penalty shot in as many games. Doucette moved to her right at the last second and clanged the shot off the post. The Bears went on the man advantage moments later, but still couldn't crack Donnelly. Neumann retained its 1-0 lead at the second break.
The Knights put good pressure on Potsdam's defense early, but Salvarinas bought the Bears time to get their offense moving. Potsdam finally tied the score at the 9:00 mark as Crawford fired a shot off of Donnelly's facemask and then buried her own rebound. Sophomore forward Alexandra Holowka recorded the assist. At 14:26, Doucette deflected a shot from the slot past Salvarinas for the go-ahead goal. Freshman defenseman Keira St. Laurent assisted on the play. Neumann kept up the pressure and Doucette struck again to provide some insurance with 56 seconds left.
Salvarinas finished with 36 saves and Donnelly got into the win column with 40 of her own. Potsdam was 0-8 on the power play and Neumann went 0-4.
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday night when they host non-conference opponent Hamilton College at 7 p.m. The Continentals defeated Potsdam 4-2 in Clinton on Dec. 4.