Kate Talbot '05
Kate Talbot '05
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 6th
Alma Mater: Saint Michael's '05

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Saint Michael's alumna Kate Talbot '05 heads into her sixth season as an assistant coach with the women's ice hockey program in 2017-87.

Saint Michael's put together a 3-1 run toward the end of January that included scoring the final five goals in a 5-2 win over Castleton University and breaking out for a six-goal third period during an 8-2 victory against Nichols College. Between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, the Purple Knights went 4-5 while averaging 3.1 goals, with two losses coming by 3-2 margins. In all, 10 setbacks during the season were by two goals or fewer.

A 3-2-1 stretch toward the end of the 2015-16 season began with the Purple Knights' school-record-tying third shutout of the year and concluded with the fifth-seeded Purple and Gold's 5-2 upset victory over No. 4 Sacred Heart University in the first round of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open Tournament. That triumph was the first win-and-advance postseason victory in program annals. Saint Michael's recorded its highest goal (45), assist (62) and point (107) totals in five years, and its best win figure in eight winters.

The Purple Knights counted among their highlights in 2014-15 a 1-1 tie with Division I College of the Holy Cross and a 3-2 victory over eventual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East Tournament runner-up Castleton. The squad set a school record for goals-against average (2.95), matched the second-lowest save percentage in program annals, and recorded their highest win, goal, assist and point totals since 2010-11. The Purple Knights matched their best ECAC East win total since 2007-08. Nine of their setbacks came by two goals or fewer.

Saint Michael's posted a then-school-record 3.27 GAA during the winter of 2013-14, while its .909 save percentage was good for second. Saint Michael's yielded two goals or fewer on 10 occasions, while 11 losses came by two goals or less. During the campaign, the Purple and Gold picked up its first win ever over New England College en route to its best ECAC East finish in three years. The season ended with the Purple Knights tying Sacred Heart during the ECAC Open Tournament third-place game.

In 2012-13, the Purple Knights yielded three goals or fewer 15 times en route to posting a school record for save percentage (.917) and a then-record 3.41 GAA. Capping the success was a momentous 2-1 victory on Feb. 16 over Manhattanville College, which was receiving national votes and had defeated national power Norwich University the night before.

In her 89-game career, Talbot posted 23 points as a forward and defenseman while missing only five games. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Michael's in 2005.