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Herons clip Falcons 4-2

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  • Kyle Evans 

The William Smith College ice hockey team defeated Albertus Magnus College 4-2 in a non-conference contest at Ralph Walker Ice Arena this evening. With their third straight win, William Smith is now 5-3-0 on the season.

Mackenzie O’Neil led William Smith with two goals. Kelly Howe and Grace Romeo also scored in the win. Romeo added an assist to finish the game with two points. Erin Murray played all 60 minutes in goal for William Smith and made 22 saves.

Albertus Magnus (0-6-1), which is in its first year as a varsity program, was led by Christmas Johnson’s 42 saves. Gabriella Dellacroce and Tori Walsh scored for the Falcons.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • William Smith finished the game with a 46-24 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Herons were 1-for-4 on the power play and Albertus Magnus was 2-for-12 with the extra skater.
  • Lauren Legler, who entered the weekend third in the nation in faceoff wins, picked up 11 more victories in the faceoff circle today. She has 100 wins through the first eight games of the season.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • Albertus Magnus opened the scoring at the 5:48 mark of the first period. Walsh picked up a rebound and flipped a shot past Murray. Molly Martin was awarded an assist on the power-play goal.  
  • Howe tied the game just under eight minutes into the second period. She wristed a shot past Johnson for her fourth goal of the season. The goal extended Howe’s streak to three straight games with a goal. Colleen Quirk was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • Romeo gave William Smith a 2-1 lead late in the middle stanza. Her fifth goal of the season also extended her scoring streak to three straight games. It was unassisted.
  • O’Neil scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 8:55 mark of the final frame. She snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle past Johnson for her fourth goal of the season. Romeo and Allie Cimis were awarded assists on the power-play goal.
  • The Falcons drew within a goal with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation. Dellacroce fired a shot from the point past Murray. It was an unassisted power-play goal.
  • O’Neil added an insurance goal with 14 seconds remaining in the game. The empty-net goal was assisted by Seneca Urban and Kayla Ketchabaw.

UP NEXT

William Smith and Albertus Magnus will be back in action tomorrow, Nov. 18, when they wrap up their weekend series. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.