Women's hockey edges Morrisville State 2-1 on home ice

Nancy Loh '22 scored her first collegiate goal (Josh McKee photo).
Nancy Loh '22 scored her first collegiate goal (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College's Sammy Johnson '20 made 23 saves and the Continentals held on down the stretch for a 2-1 non-conference win against the Morrisville State College Mustangs at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson made 15 saves in the third period alone as Morrisville State tried to rally from a two-goal deficit in the final 12 minutes. She has a 1.50 goals against average and .946 save percentage in two wins this season.

After a scoreless first period, the Continentals (2-1-0 overall) grabbed a 1-0 lead at 11:51 of the second on the first collegiate goal by Nancy Loh '22. Loh scored just nine seconds into a power play after a Mustangs player was sent off for holding. Loh took possession of the puck after a faceoff win in Hamilton's offensive zone and passed to Taegan Blackwell '19 above the left circle. Blackwell passed back to Loh and she ripped a slap shot from the left circle faceoff dot that beat the goaltender on her glove side. Blackwell leads the team with three assists.

Michaela Giuttari '20 gave the Continentals a two-goal cushion with her second this season at 8:06 of the third period. Giuttari won a faceoff in Hamilton's defensive zone back to Emilie Matheson '22. Matheson passed the puck up to Olivia Hawes '19 and she sent it on to Giuttari who carried it up the right side past center ice and into Morrisville's defensive zone. She scored on a low wrist shot from the right faceoff circle for her team-leading fourth point.

Maddison Devlin cut the Mustangs' deficit in half on an unassisted goal with 5:20 left in the third. The Continentals were trying to clear the puck out of their zone when it slipped off the stick of a Hamilton defender. Devlin collected the loose puck all alone in the slot and lifted a wrist shot over Johnson from just outside the crease.

Karoline Arvik made 20 saves for Morrisville State (5-3-1), which had a single power-play opportunity late in the third period. The Mustangs held a 16-3 shot advantage in the final 20 minutes. The Continentals scored on one of their two power-play chances. Missy Segall '21 won 9 of 12 faceoffs as Hamilton won 29 of 49 as a team.

Hamilton hosts 8-0 Utica College for another non-conference game on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m.