Women's hockey comes back twice, ties Morrisville State 2-2

Women's hockey comes back twice, ties Morrisville State 2-2

The Hamilton College women's hockey team rallied to tie host Morrisville State 2-2 in overtime in non-league action Tuesday. The Continentals are now 8-4-1 on the season.

Hamilton tied the score twice, notching late goals in the second and third periods. Morrisville leads the "others receiving votes" category in this week's D3hockey.com national poll.

Michaela Giuttari '20 knotted the score with 4:32 left in the third period. The goal was the third of the season for Giuttari (who is the team's top-scoring rookie as well as the Continentals' highest-scoring blue liner). Kelli Mackey '19 assisted on the play.

The host Mustangs (14-2-1 overall) scored in the game's first minute and held the lead for nearly 40 minutes. Hamilton got on the board with 1:30 to go in the second. Katie Parkman '17 took over the team's scoring lead with her sixth goal; she now has 13 points. Sara Taffe '17 assisted on the goal.

Morrisville – who entered the game with the nation's second-most prolific scoring defense (1.06 goals per game) got on the board 59 seconds in when Vanessa Klimpke scored her Division III-best 19th goal of the season. Klimpke assisted on the second Mustang goal, which was scored by Jessica Ujcik 6:18 into the third.

Sam Walther '18 made 21 saves for Hamilton, who outshot the hosts 38-23. Renee Schmaltz stopped 36 shots – including five in overtime – for the Mustangs.

The Continentals killed all three of their penalties; they've allowed just one power-play goal this winter and lead the nation in penalty kill (97.3 percent/36 of 37).

Tuesday marked the end of a 10-game stretch of away games. The Continentals return to Russell Sage Rink for their first home game in 58 days Friday; they'll host Wesleyan University in a 7 p.m. game that opens a weekend NESCAC series.