The William Smith College ice hockey team scored a goal in each period as it knocked off the University of Southern Maine, 3-0, in a New England Hockey Conference contest at the USM Ice Arena this afternoon. With their third straight victory, the Herons are now 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play to start the year.
Kayla Ketchabaw scored twice and Annie Hauser made 21 saves in the shutout. It was Hauser’s second shutout of her career. Haley McKim made 23 saves in just over 58 minutes of work in goal for Southern Maine (0-4-0, 0-2-0).
- William Smith finished the game with a 26-21 edge in shots on goal.
- The Herons were 1-for-2 on the power play while the Huskies were 0-for-3 with the extra skater.
- The Herons opened the scoring at the 13:07 mark of the opening period. Elizabeth MacMurray banged home a rebound for her third goal of the season. Mia LaPlante and Emily Rourke were credited with assists on the power-play goal.
- Just under a minute later, Southern Maine had a chance to tie the game, but Hauser stood stall making saves on Olivia Stewart and Georgie Snow.
- Hauser robbed a Jordan Colbert point shot in the closing seconds of the period.
- Ketchabaw gave William Smith a 2-0 lead just past the midway point of the second period. She fired a shot past McKim for her second goal of the year. Annabel Ziskin and Alex George were awarded assists on the goal.
- William Smith had a 10-8 edge in shots on goal.
- Ketchabaw added an empty net goal with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. It was her team-leading third goal of the season.
- Hauser stopped all five shots she faced in the final period.
“Our resilience has been tested early this season and we’re responding with consistent effort and attention to detail,” Head Coach Matt Cunningham said. “We did a nice job of simplifying the game and grinding out a great sweep on the road to start NEHC play.”
William Smith will be back in action Friday, November 11, when it begins a home-and-home series against Elmira in Elmira, New York. Faceoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Murray Athletic Center.