SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Defense shined, and first-year goaltender Bella McKee kept the Bobcats at bay, as the Union College women's hockey team collected their first home win of the season over Quinnipiac, 4-2.
With goals from sophomore Katie Sonntag and senior Cheyenne Harris, the Dutchwomen were the only ones on the board for the first two periods. The win over the Bobcats was historic for the Dutchwomen, with the first-ever win over the conference foe in team history. With the win, Union improves to a 2-9-1 overall record (2-4-0 ECAC). The Bobcats fall to a 5-6-2 record overall (1-5-0 ECAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- 18:27 1st (Union 1-0) | For the third game in a row, the Union Dutchwomen scored first. Sonntag scored her second of the season right in front off a pass from classmate Grace Heiting in the last minute and a half of the first period. First-year Leah Herrfort was credited with the secondary assist to get her team-leading fourth assist of the season.
- 9:07 2nd (Union 2-0) | Senior Katelynn Russ went into the box for a tripping call, but that didn't stop Union. Senior Rachel de Perio caught the puck from the boards and passed it to Heiting, who was waiting behind her. Heiting gave it to Harris, who dangled between the Bobcat defense and scored in the upper right side of the net. Harris' goal, which was the first short-handed goal for Union since January, was her first point on the season.
- 11:18 3rd (QU 2-1) | Junior Angelica Melone tried to dump the puck, but Lexie Adzija got the puck and gave it to Sarah-Eve Contu-Godbout, who was sitting right in front and scored.
- 18:31 3rd (Union 3-1) | De Perio got the puck from behind McKee, and battled with a Bobcat to get it. She dumped it down and scored an empty netter to clinch the win for Union short-handed.
- 19:45 3rd (QU 3-2) | The Bobcats were too late to tie the game, but Kenzie Hauswirth gave Quinnipiac their second goal of the game with just 15 seconds left. Grace Markey and Renee Saltness were credited with the assists on the play.
- 19:49 3rd (Union 4-2) | Russ scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a pass from Leah Herrfort from the face-off.
- The Bobcats led in shots 40-19.
- McKee finished the game with 38 saves, including 20 in the third period alone.
- Senior forward Katelynn Russ led the Dutchwomen with shots on goal, with three each.
- Harris leads all players with a +4 rating on the day.
- Herrfort now extends her team-lead in assists, with five. Russ extends her team-lead in goals, with four.
The Dutchwomen will take on in-state CHA foe RIT on Tuesday, November 19, at Messa Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m.