January 11 2016
Carter Shinkaruk '16 of the men's ice hockey team and Louisa Lippiatt Durnell '18 of the women's ice hockey team have been named this week's EC Athletes of the Week for their scoring prowess over the weekend.
Shinkaruk single-handedly outscored EC's two opponents over the weekend, collecting a combined five goals in the 4-3 win over The College at Brockport on Friday and a 5-1 drubbing of SUNY Geneseo on Saturday.
The Langley, British Columbia, native opened the scoring on the road against the Golden Eagles with a wrister that beat Brockport netminder Jake Moore short-side. His second tally came late in the second period to regain the lead, setting the stage for Blake O'Neill '19 to score the game-winner in the third period.
The senior center then used a career outing to help the Soaring Eagles rout No. 4/8 SUNY Geneseo at the Murray Athletic Center Ice Arena. Shinkaruk scored his first career hat trick against the Knights. His first goal late in the first period beat SUNY Geneseo glove side, and then he scored on the power play in the second to give EC a 2-0 advantage. He also netted his third goal on the power play to cap off a four-goal second period, which gave the Purple and Gold a 5-0 cushion.
On the season, Shinkaruk leads the Soaring Eagles with 14 goals, third-most in the country, while his 1.17 goals-per-game average leads the nation. He also ranks seventh in points per game with 1.58, and only needs one more point to tie his career high of 20.
The Elmira men return to action on Tuesday, January 12th, as the Soaring Eagles visit the Buffalo State Bengals at 7:00 p.m.
Durnell's performance pushed EC past ninth-ranked Norwich University by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday at the MAC Ice Arena, as she had a hand in both of Elmira's goals.
With the game still scoreless in the second period, the Soaring Eagles went on the power play when Norwich's Maddie Tasha was penalized for interference. It took EC only 23 seconds to score the opening goal on the man advantage, as Durnell beat Cadet goalie Celeste Robert high from the right circle.
Originally from East Sussex, England, Durnell then earned an assist on the eventual game-winner, scored by Maddy Jerolman '19 at the 15:13 mark of the second period. The sophomore center skated behind the net and sent a wraparound backhander across the crease to Jerolman for the finish.
Durnell is now tied for third on the No.2 nationally-ranked Soaring Eagles with 10 points on three goals and seven assists, and is currently tied for sixth in the ECAC West with five power play points.
The Elmira women's hockey team returns to the Murray Athletic Center at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12th, for the third game of EC's current five-game homestand against No. 5/6 Amherst College.