On October 8 the women’s hockey team ended its record-long winless streak. It had been 666 long days and 55 grueling games since the Dutchwomen had recorded a victory.
Yet, as difficult as it was for the team to break that streak, they’ve turned winning into a pattern of late.
Just six days after their 4-2 victory over Penn State, the Dutchwomen won again, their second in a row, against the Rochester Institute of Technology.
It was Emily Erickson ’17 who recorded the first two goals of her career in that 4-2 win. This time, Katie Laughlin ’18 tallied the first goal of her career when she opened the scoring 14:51 into the first period against RIT. Erickson and Abby Ellis ’20 picked up assists on Laughlin’s score.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of Union into the second period before the Tigers took a penalty, setting up a Dutchwomen powerplay. With the man-advantage, Haley Shugart ’20 won an offensive zone faceoff and the puck fell back to defenseman Caitlyn McLaren ’18 who fired a shot on net.
RIT netminder Terra Lanteigne made the initial stop, but Ellis crashed the net and beat Lanteigne with the rebound. It was Ellis’ third point in two games. Cheyenne Harris ’20 and McLaren picked up assists on the Ellis goal.
From there, it was the Dutchwomen defense which took over, along with goaltender Kate Spooner ’20 who stopped all 16 shots she faced en route to her first career shutout and a 2-0 win.
The following afternoon, RIT got its revenge by defeating the Dutchwomen 2-0. Union controlled play early and owned a 7-4 advantage in shots on net at the end of the first period. The Tigers peppered Spooner with 14 shots in the second frame, and one from Kendall Cornine found the back of the net, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Jade Manacini added a powerplay goal in the third period to give RIT a 2-0 lead, which would hold until the end of the game. Spooner stopped 25 of the 27 shots she faced. The Dutchwomen failed to convert on four powerplay opportunities. It was the first time the team had been shutout this season after being shutout on 17 occasions last year.
The Dutchwomen were back in action on Tuesday, October 18 against Providence College. The Dutchwomen returned to the scoring column, but were unable to win, falling to the Friars 4-2.
Providence’s Madison Sansone opened the game’s scoring in the second period when she converted a rebound opportunity that beat Union netminder Celine Tessier ’20.
The Dutchwomen answered when a Brandy Streeter ’18 point shot deflected off the sticks of Jordi Naidrich ’20 and Shugart and found the back of the net. Shugart was credited with the tally.
Early in the third period, Christinia Putingna broke the 1-1 tie and gave Providence the lead with about 16 minutes left in regulation.
Again, the Dutchwomen answered back, this time thanks to Arianna Kosakowski ’19 who beat the Friar goalie with a shot from the left point. The goal was the first of Kosakowski’s career.
Shortly thereafter, Cassidy Carels gave the Friars the lead for the final time, converting a powerplay chance to make it 3-2 Providence. The Friars would add an empty-netter with 30 seconds remaining.
The Dutchwomen now sit at 2-6 on the year, and open ECAC action at home this Friday, October 28 against Colgate at 3 p.m.