Dutchwomen Shine in Home Opener

Dutchwomen Shine in Home Opener


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Molly Kate Devin (Scituate, Mass.) scored one goal and notched three assists while sophomore forward Kelly Alyea (London, Ont.) and senior defenseman Jackie Koetteritz (Breckenridge, Colo.) each scored two goals as the Union College women's ice hockey team blanked Sacred Heart 6-0 on its home opener Friday night.

Freshman goaltender Alana Marcinko (Altoona, Pa.) earned her first career shut out with the help of terrific offense.

Devin scored the first goal of the game 7:34 into the first period after shooting a loose puck on the right side of the goal post. The Dutchwomen dominated the first period outshooting the Pioneers 18-5.

However in the second period, the Pioneers played aggressive throughout the second period. Sacred Heart outshot the Dutchwomen 13-8 during that period.

But the Dutchwomen fought back. Three minutes before the second intermission, Devin notched her first assist as the captain Koetteritz scored her second goal on the season to extend the Dutchwomen's lead to two.

The third period was the Dutchwomen's hottest performance of the night. Four minutes into the period, Alyea scored her first goal on the season with a little help from Devin and sophomore Lauren Hoffman (Marcy, N.Y.).

Six and a half minutes into the third period, the Dutchwomen scored two goals in 14 seconds. Junior forward Marissa Gentile (Groton, Mass.) helped sophomore forward Émilie Arseneault (Rothesay, N.B.) score her first goal on the season. Then after winning the faceoff, the Dutchwomen's offense pushed forward again as Hoffman and Devin worked their way to find Alyea who scored her second goal of the night.

With the Pioneers playing shorted handed on a penalty by Jennifer Burroughs, Koetteritz scored her second power play goal on the season while freshmen forwards Rhianna Kurio (Calgary, Alb.) and Emma Rambo (Joliet, Ill.) each earned the assists. It was Kurio's second assist on the season and Rambo's first career.

Marcinko made 25 saves throughout the game to preserve her first shutout while the Dutchwomen's offense made a season-high 42 shots. The Dutchwomen will face Sacred Heart again on Saturday at 4 p.m.