February 15 2016
The No. 2/3 Elmira College women's ice hockey team continued to showcase a potent offense on Sunday afternoon, blowing past William Smith College 7-1 in Geneva, NY. With the victory, Elmira moves within one point of clinching the second seed and a first-round bye in the ECAC West Tournament.
While the Geneva Recreation Complex Skating Rink, affectionately named The Cooler by fans of William Smith and Hobart College, is notorious for its exceptionally cold temperatures, the Herons were powerless to put the freeze on Elmira's red-hot offense. The Soaring Eagles equaled a season high with seven goals, netting at least two goals in each period to run away with the back end of the home-and-home series between the two programs.
Similar to yesterday, EC did not wait long to crack the scoreboard, taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. After netting a pair of goals in yesterday's 5-2 victory at the Murray Athletic Center, Maddie Evangelous '19 continued to show her scoring touch on Sunday. She broke a scoreless deadlock with a power-play goal at 13:31 of the period.
Bunching goals together has been a growing trend for the Soaring Eagles over the last two weekends. That trend also perpetuated itself today, as Johanna Eidensten '16 doubled EC's lead just 1:13 after Evangelous' opening strike.
The lead swelled to 3-0 early in the second period, as Maddy Jerolman '19 got in on the act, slotting home a shot after receiving a feed from Evangelous. However, the Herons briefly stemmed the tide, as Catherine Linehan slotted home a power-play tally at 6:49 to make it 3-1.
William Smith's momentum lasted all of one minutes, as Kristin Chivers '19 reestablished the three-goal advantage with her second goal in as many days. Evangelous built on the lead just before the second intermission, pumping in her second power-play goal of the afternoon.
The EC rookies continued to dominate the score sheet in the third period. Katie Granato '19 got into the act with a goal at 5:06 of the final frame, while Shannon Strawinski '19 capped the scoring with a goal at 12:03.