Continentals lose to undefeated women's hockey opponent

Continentals lose to undefeated women's hockey opponent

The Hamilton College women's hockey team lost 2-0 Tuesday in a non-league game against the visiting Morrisville State Mustangs at Russell Sage Rink.

The Continentals are now 1-2-0 on the season; Morrisville improved to a Division III-best 7-0-0.

Hamilton outshot the visitors 37-18 – including a 25-9 advantage over the last two periods – but Mustang goalkeeper Renee Schmaltz kept the Continentals off the scoreboard, taking over the national lead with her fourth shutout.

The Continentals nearly tied the score in the final minutes of the third period when Katie Parkman '17 blocked a shot in her own defensive zone, then recovered in time to set up a two-on-one break with Megan Ahern '17, but the threat ended when Schmaltz made the last of her 37 saves.

Morrisville got on the board 8:01 in when Kylie Cameron scored her fourth goal of the winter. Megan Kirk, who assisted on Cameron's game-winner, added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left to seal the victory.

Sammy Johnson '20 made her collegiate debut, blanking the nation's top scoring offense while playing most of the third period in goal. Sam Walther '18 turned away 13 shots over the first two-plus periods.

Hamilton's next action will be a NESCAC weekend series at Colby on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3. The Continentals won't play another home game for 58 days when they host Wesleyan in NESCAC competition Jan. 20-21.