Women's hockey plays Utica for first time since 2014

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Utica College's Bria Reilly made 26 saves and the Pioneers posted a 3-0 shutout against the Hamilton College Continentals in a non-conference game played at Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton (2-2-0 overall) is ranked 10th in the USCHO.com Division III Top 10 poll and received votes in the latest D3hockey.com poll. Sam Walther '18 made 10 of her 18 saves in the second period for the Continentals.

Elizabeth Dohner and Taylor Osowski collected a goal and an assist apiece, and Lexi Stanisewski was credited with two helpers for Utica (7-3-0). The Pioneers extended their win streak to three games.

The game was scoreless through the first 40 minutes but Dohner had a great shorthanded chance late in the second period when she blocked a shot out by the blue line. She picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in on a breakaway but Walther poke-checked it away from her at the last moment.

Utica grabbed a 1-0 lead at 5:31 of the third period when Colby Begis' hard slap shot from above the left circle near the blue line whistled over Walther's right shoulder. The Pioneers gained a two-goal edge at 8:45 of the third after a turnover by Hamilton in its defensive zone. Osowski skated to the left of the goal behind the goal line and sent a short pass to Dohner for a one-timer from the slot.

Emily Williams '19 had a breakaway chance for the Continentals about 30 seconds later, but her backhand shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle was stopped by Reilly. Hamilton received its sixth power play at 9:51 of the period and put three shots on goal. Olivia Hawes '19 set up in front of the crease and redirected a shot from the point that Reilly absorbed midway through the Utica penalty kill.

Twenty seconds after the Continentals' power play ended, the Pioneers were given their third of the day. Dohner unloaded a shot that was redirected by Osowski from just to the right of the crease for a 3-0 lead with 7:36 left.

Hamilton's last great scoring chance came with a little more than four minutes remaining. Michaela Giuttari '20 had a breakaway chance and Stephanie DiPietro '18 had a backhand attempt from the low slot turned away by Reilly within seconds of each other.

The Continentals return home to Russell Sage Rink for a NESCAC game against Colby College on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.