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Murray extends shutout streak against Pilgrims

William Smith College junior goalie Erin Murray made 15 saves as the Herons knocked off New England College 3-0 in a New England Hockey Conference Contest at The Cooler this evening. She is the first goalie in program history to record three consecutive shutouts.

Eight different skaters recorded a point for William Smith (12-3-1, 7-1-1). Murray saved her best for last, stopping eight shots in the third period as she posted her fourth shutout of the season.

Hannah Podvey, who was making her first start since November, played all 60 minutes in goal for the Pilgrims (5-11-0, 1-9-0). She made 36 saves.

RECORD WATCH

  • With today’s victory, William Smith extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games. It is the longest streak in program history. The previous best was 10 games. The Herons won 10 straight games in 2018-19 and won 10 straight games in 2019-20.
  • Murray’s fourth shutout of the season moved her into second place on William Smith’s single-season list. She is tied with Amanda Aalto ’22 who had four during her senior season. The single-season record is six held by Olivia Williams ’21 who had six in 2018-19.

KEY STATS

  • William Smith finished the game with a 39-15 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Herons were 1-for-3 on the power play and New England College was 0-for-3. William Smith has not allowed a power-play goal in six straight games.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • William Smith opened the scoring at the 3:59 mark of the first period. Junior Annabel Ziskin fired a shot from the high slot through traffic for her fourth goal of the season. The goal was assisted by junior Mackenzie O’Neiland Fiona Gallagher.
  • With just over five minutes remaining in the second period, the Herons took a 2-0 lead on senior Sydney Foster’sfirst goal of the season. She slipped a shot from a tight angle past Podvey. First-year Seneca Urban was awarded an assist on the goal.
  • Junior Lauren Legler added an insurance goal at the 16:59 mark of the third period. She redirected a Brittany Foster shot past Podvey. Ava Cornforth also had an assist on the power-play goal. It was Legler’s fifth goal of the season.

UP NEXT

William Smith will wrap up its four-game homestand tomorrow, Jan. 13, when it welcomes eighth-ranked Norwich to The Cooler. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.