By Rachel Clarey
The Union Women’s Ice Hockey team played four games against ECACH opponents over the past week, losing three times and tying once.
The team traveled to Potsdam on Jan. 16 where they lost 0-4 to No. 8-ranked Clarkson. The Golden Knights started their attack early — Clarkson’s Jessica Gillham scored the first goal just 2:30 into the first period.
Clarkson continued to hammer shots at Union goalie Shenae Lundberg ’15 with no luck, until late in the first period when the Golden Knights’ Cayley Mercer scored the second goal of the game about 15 seconds into a power play.
The Dutchwomen held the Golden Knights scoreless through most of the second period, until Clarkson’s Amanda Titus scored with about 15 seconds left in the period.
Clarkson’s Brielle Bellerive sealed the deal for Clarkson, scoring the Golden Knights’ fourth and final goal of the game about four minutes into the third period.
Nicole Russell ’18 led Union in shots on goal, with 8 shots in the game, and Lundberg saved 35 of Clarkson’s 39 shots on goal.
The Dutchwomen played St. Lawrence on Jan. 17, losing 2-4. The game remained scoreless into the second period, until Union’s Christine Valente ’15 put the Dutchwomen ahead, with assists credited to Alex Tancrell-Fontaine ’15 and Kathryn Tomaselli ’16.
Several minutes later, Union struck again and Tancrell-Fontaine scored on a power play, assisted by Tomaselli.
St. Lawrence’s Hannah Miller then scored the Saints’ first goal of the game, bringing the score to 2-1, which held through the rest of the second period.
About three minutes into the third period, St. Lawrence’s Kennedy Marchment tied the game up, and, later in the period, St. Lawrence’s Miller scored a second goal, bringing the Saints ahead with a score of 2-3.
In the final minutes of play, the Dutchwomen pulled Lundberg from the net and St. Lawrence capitalized on that, scoring an empty-net goal with about a minute left in the game.
Lundberg saved an impressive 47 shots against St. Lawrence.
The Dutchwomen played two games against hometown rival RPI on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. Friday’s game was played at Messa Rink and Saturday’s was played in Troy at RPI. While playing RPI at home, the Dutchwomen tied 2-2, but they lost 2-4 on the road.
In their home meeting with RPI, Union’s Jessica Kaminsky ’16 opened the scoring nine minutes into the first period. RPI tied the game up off a goal by Alex Gruschow at the beginning of the second period.
With five minutes left in the second, Union’s Tancrell-Fontaine brought the Dutchwomen ahead on a power play goal. Kathryn Davis ’17 and Kaminsky assisted.
RPI retaliated early in the third period off a power play goal scored by Laura Horwood, bringing the score to 2-2. The game went into overtime, but no goals were scored in the five-minute overtime period, so the final score remained 2-2. Lundberg made 24 saves over the course of the game.
During Saturday’s game, RPI scored first, as Laura Horwood put one in halfway through the first period. Not long after that, RPI’s Katie Rooney scored. The Dutchwomen acted quickly, and Jessica Kaminsky put one in about a minute after Rooney’s goal, assisted by Kathryn Tomaselli and Christine Valente. The Dutchwomen went into the second period down 1-2.
RPI’s Lauren Walsh scored during the second period, bringing the score to 1-3. Halfway through the third period, RPI added one more goal, scored by Alex Gruschow, and brought the score to 1-4.
Union fought back, and Rebecca Babiak ’16 scored in the final minute of play. Emily Erickson ’17 and Kaminsky assisted. Lundberg saved 39 out of 43 shots on goal.
The rest of the season consists of ECACH match-ups for the Dutchwomen. This weekend, the team will travel to play Cornell and Colgate, and next weekend they’ll be taking on Clarkson and St. Lawrence at home.