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Fast start sends Herons past Wildcats, 5-1

The William Smith College ice hockey team scored three goals in the first period as it defeated Johnson and Wales University, 5-1, in a New England Hockey Conference contest at The Cooler Friday evening. With the win, the Herons are now 4-2-1 overall with a 3-2-1 record in conference play.

Kayla Ketchabaw led the Herons with two goals. Mia LaPlante added a goal and an assist in the victory. Erin Murray played all 60 minutes in goal and made 24 saves. Anna Maulson and Sofia Tamayo combined to make 40 saves in goal for the Wildcats (0-2-2, 0-2-2).

KEY STATS:

  • William Smith finished the game with a 45-25 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Herons were 2-for-5 on the power play and the Wildcats were 0-for-5 with the extra skater.

FIRST PERIOD:

  • William Smith opened the scoring at the 6:16 mark of the opening frame. Ketchabaw ripped a shot from the left faceoff circle over Tamayo’s glove and into the back of the net. LaPlante was awarded an assist on the goal
  • Three minutes later, Ketchabaw notched her second goal of the game and fifth tally of the season. Julianna Gong picked up an assist on the goal.
  • Elizabeth MacMurray gave the Herons a three-goal lead with her second goal of the year. She slapped a shot from the slot past Tamayo. The power-play goal was assisted by Ava Cornforth and Emily Rourke.

SECOND PERIOD:

  • Johnson and Wales made it a two-goal game at the 8:23 mark of the second period. Jianna Truppi wristed a shot from the left faceoff circle past Murray for her third goal of the season. Allyson Barry was awarded an assist on the goal.

THIRD PERIOD:

  • William Smith put the game out of reach with a power-play goal just over three minutes into the final frame. Mackenzie O’Neil stole the puck away from a defender, skated to the low slot and lifted a backhand over Maulson for her second goal of the season.
  • LaPlante added an insurance goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Gong intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, left a drop pass for LaPlante who wristed a shot from the slot into the back of the net. The short-handed goal was LaPlante’s second of the season.

UP NEXT:

William Smith will be back in action tomorrow, Nov. 19, when it welcomes UMass Boston to The Cooler. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.  



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