The William Smith College ice hockey team was defeated by fourth-ranked Elmira, 6-0, in a New England Hockey Conference contest at the Murray Athletic Center on Friday night. The Herons are now 3-1-1 on the season with a 2-1-0 record in conference play. The Soaring Eagles are 4-0-0 to start the year with a 3-0-0 mark in NEHC action.
Erin Murray and Annie Hauser each played in tonight’s game. Murray had 28 saves and Hauser stopped 15 shots. Six different Elmira players had multi-point games in the win. Madi Morton led the way with three points on two goals and an assist. Leonie-Louise Kuehberger made 13 saves as she earned the shutout.
- Elmira finished the game with a 49-13 edge in shots on goal.
- The Soaring Eagles were 1-for2 on the power play. William Smith was 0-for-1 with the extra attacker
- Morton opened the scoring a mere eight seconds into the game. She broke into the offensive zone and slipped a shot past Murray. Claire Meeder and Morgan Mordini were credited with assists on the goal.
- Elmira finished the opening frame with an 18-1 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Soaring Eagles took a 2-0 lead 1:06 into the second stanza. Payton Nicksic beat Murray for her first collegiate goal. Mary McCafferty and Erika Goleniak were awarded assists on the goal.
- Alayna Toole redirected a shot from McKenzie Schmidt past the goalie to give Elmira a three-goal advantage. Elizabeth LePage was also credited with an assist on the goal.
- Morton scored her second goal of the night at the 3:11 mark of the final stanza. Her tally was assisted by Toole and Lexi Hoffmann.
- Mordini added a power-play goal just before the midway point of the period. Morton and Meeder notched assists on the tally.
- McCaffery wrapped up the scoring with five minutes remaining in regulation. Goleniak was credited with an assist on the goal.
- Alisa Canney had a pair of chances in the middle of the frame that were turned aside by Kuehberger. Ava Cornforth had an opportunity late in the period that was robbed by the goalie.
William Smith and Elmira will wrap up the home-and-home series tomorrow, November 12, when they meet at The Cooler. The faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.