HAMILTON, N.Y.— Jenesica Drinkwater and the Syracuse defense earned their first shutout of the season, defeating the Colgate ice hockey team 2-0 on Tuesday night at Starr Rink. Drinkwater made 24 stops in net to help the Orange improve to an 11-9-2 record on the season and earn the fifth shutout of her career.
"We want to build some momentum into Friday night's game against a team that we just played [RIT] and know how they're going to play," head coach Paul Flanagan said. "To play against a feisty team tonight was good for us. They came at us in the third period, they had all three forwards going on the puck and our defense had to be resourceful and resilient and I thought they did a good job. Jenesica Drinkwater was there when she had to make big saves. The overall team defense was there when we needed it and it was an overall good team win from us."
Colgate controlled more faceoffs than Syracuse (29-26) but the Orange capitalized on its possession time, getting 33 shots on net. Each team had five man-up chances but only SU would cash in on them, scoring the eventual game-winner on the power play.
"After stumbling last week on the penalty kill it's gratifying
tonight for the girls to have done a good job," Flanagan said. "We
did some little things that don't necessarily show up on the score
sheet. We had some great blocked shots and good reads."
Nicole Renault's assist on the lead-extender continued her point streak, now at four games, and Melissa Piacentini's goal increased her point streak to three games. Laurence Porlier's assist on the second goal of the game was her first collegiate point and Eleanor Haine's goal was the first of her career.
Neither team was able to get on the board throughout the first period. Drinkwater and the SU defense were able to protect the net, stopping a combined 13 shots, 5 blocked and 8 saved, including four while Colgate was on the power play.
The Orange had a two-man advantage near the beginning of the second stanza but could not convert due to excellent work between the pipes by Rando. SU had a flurry of shots on net in the 52 second five-on-three situation but the Colgate goalie stopped each of them and a high-stick call sent the faceoff to the opposite end of the ice, negating Syracuse's offensive efforts.
Melissa Piacentini put the Orange on the board when she scored on the power play, taking a shot from the left side that hit the goalie's pad, hopped over her back and went into the net, concluding a slew of SU shots on goal including one byNicole Renault that hit the pipe and just barely missed slipping down Rando's back for a score.
Exactly two minutes later Syracuse scored again when Sadie St. Germain started things off with a shot from the point that was saved by Rando and rebounded by Laurence Porlier, who was again stopped by the Colgate net minder. The third time was the charm and Eleanor Haines sent her first collegiate goal top shelf to give SU a 2-0 lead with 9:08 to go in the second period.
The Raiders kept the pressure on in the third period but Drinkwater stopped all 13 shots she faced and the SU defense blocked five. Colgate pulled Rando out of the goal for the final 3:13 of the game but the extra skater wasn't enough to get a puck past Drinkwater.
The Orange heads back to Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday to face CHA foe Rochester Institute of Technology at 7 p.m. in its first of six straight home games.
Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications