SHELTON, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Ice Hockey team picked up its eighth straight of the win this afternoon as the Pioneers shutout Franklin Pierce by a final score of 3-0. The Pioneers will look for the two game sweep tomorrow afternoon as they host Franklin Pierce back at the Rinks in Shelton at 2:30 p.m.
- The Pioneers were outshot by the Ravens in the opening period 8-5.
- But that didn't impact the score as SHU jumped on the board first as senior Olivia Bryant rocketed her third goal of the year passed the Franklin Pierce netminder off a pair of assists by first-year Sophie Lupone and junior Juliana Lynch just 9:45 into the period to put SHU ahead 1-0.
- SHU halted the Raven power-play on two occasions to prevent Franklin Pierce from scoring in the opening period.
- The Pioneers also dominated the faceoff battle in the first period as SHU took seven face-off wins while Franklin Pierce took four.
- Both sides each tallied eight shots on goal in the period.
- Neither side was able to score in the period as Franklin Pierce went 0-3 on the power-play while SHU went 0-1.
- SHU had a chance to break the game open to a 2-0 as Maddie Bishop drew a penalty in the shooting area allowing a penalty shot for the senior but her penalty shot was saved keeping the game 1-0 in favor of the Pioneers.
- The Pioneers dominated the final period as SHU fired off eight shots on goal while holding Franklin Pierce to just four.
- SHU tallied two goals in third period first coming off the stick of senior Maddie Bishop off an assist by sophomore Kelly Solak just 5:53 into the period to put the Pioneers ahead 2-0.
- Then in the closing minutes of the period, 17:10 with the goalie out as well as the Ravens on the power-play, the 6-3 edge for Franklin Pierce was no match for sophomore Anna Klein as she found empty net off an assist by Jayne Lewis to propel the Pioneers to a 3-0 shutout of the Ravens.
- Three Pioneers each tallied a goal in the shutout.
- Sophomore Frankie Sanchez recorded 20 saves on 20 shots faced for her third shutout win of the year.
- SHU now rides an eight game win streak and gains another point to remain in first place in the NEWHA standings.
- SHU improves to 16-10-0 overall and 13-2-0 in NEWHA play.