The Hamilton College women's hockey team battled the Morrisville State College Mustangs to a 3-0 win in a non-conference game at Morrisville State's IcePlex on Tuesday night.
The Continentals (9-3-1 overall) were anchored by strong defensive play as Sam Walther '18 and the defense posted their third straight shutout. Walther (21 saves) is second in Division III with a .967 save percentage, tied for second with five shutouts and is third with a 0.83 goals against average. Hamilton is second in the nation in scoring defense with 0.85 goals allowed per game.
The Continentals opened the scoring 15:33 into the first period with a goal by Missy Segall '21. Madie Bologa '21 took a wrist shot from the point that Morrisville goaltender Karoline Arvik (22 saves) stopped but could not control. Segall shoved home the rebound from the crease for her team-high seventh goal of the season.
Hamilton tallied another goal with 2:37 left in the second period when a falling Andrea Rockey '19 slipped the puck past Arvik for her fourth goal. While crashing the net, Rockey received a pass from Maddie Beitler '21 in the left corner. Rockey was able to control the pass and fend off a Morrisville defender, just getting the shot past Arvik before falling to the ice.
The Continentals finished the scoring at 5:46 of the third period on a goal by Karina Sirabian '21. Sirabian received the puck in the neutral zone off a pass from Jade Alvillar '18. Sirabian carried the puck across the Morrisville blue line and past a defender, beating Arvik on her stick side for her second collegiate goal. Hamilton held a 25-21 shot advantage over the Mustangs (8-7-2).
Morrisville's best scoring opportunity came in the first period off a scramble in front of the net. Walther turned away the initial shot and two rebounds, and while lying on her back in the crease, wind-milled her stick in the air across the goal mouth and stopped a shot that seemed destined for the back of the net.
A little more than halfway through their season, the Continentals are exhibiting depth and intensity, and receiving strong play from their first years and veteran players alike. The Continentals will look to extend their stellar play as they travel to Wesleyan University for NESCAC games on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.
-- Release by Julia Booth '19