SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior defender Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) netted two goals as the Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team defeated the State University of New York at Potsdam, 3-1, during Saturday's non-conference matchup at Cairns Arena.
- Saint Michael's (2-2), SUNY Potsdam (1-1)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Junior Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy), 2 goals, 4 blocks
- Junior Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy), 1 goal, 1 assist
- Sophomore Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic), 2 assists
- Junior Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North), 3 blocks
- Sophomore Lizzie Blanchard (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford), 3 blocks
- Junior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club), 30 saves
- Junior Shelbi Thacker, 1 goal
- Sophomore Kiera Thacker, 1 assist
- Sophomore Natalie Wasielewski, 1 assist, 17-for-21 on faceoffs, 4 blocks
- Sophomore Samantha White, 27 saves in 57:58 of play
- This is the first time the Purple Knights have beaten the Bears in a series that began in 2010.
- The game was the second of a home-and-home weekend series between the two teams.
- The Bears had a chance to break the stalemate at the 8:49 mark in the first period when junior Miranda Kolb stuffed a shot through the legs of Simons, which was scooped up near the goal line by Boscia to keep the game scoreless.
- With two seconds left in the opening period, Monbouquette passed out from a scrum along the boards to Gervais, who dumped it off at the top of the right circle for Boscia, who then clapped home a slap shot through traffic into the top right corner.
- The Purple Knights' second goal came at the 3:56 mark in the third period when Gervais stole the puck off a SUNY Potsdam defender and passed it to the right circle for Monbouquette, who fired a shot bar down past White to make it 2-0.
- With 13:12 gone in the third, Simons made a remarkable glove save on a slap shot by Wasielewski, outreaching her arm across a wide open right side of the net and stealing a would-be goal away from the Bears.
- 17:58 into the third, the Bears took a 6-on-3 advantage after pulling their goalie during a two-woman advantage, but had a shot blocked by Boscia, who then won the puck in the left corner and cleared it all the way down the ice and into the net for her second goal of the game at 18:30.
- The Bears scored their lone goal with 48 seconds left in the contest on a 6-on-3 power play as Wasielewski corralled a wide shot and passed it to Shelbi Thacker, who clapped a shot that ricocheted off of a Saint Michael's defender and sophomore Allie Banas' leg and into the net.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Nov. 9 at Franklin Pierce University, 7 p.m.