Women's hockey dominates Buffalo State at Saint Michael's Classic

Nancy Loh '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Nancy Loh '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Nancy Loh '22 scored twice and added three assists, and the Continentals cruised to a 7-2 victory against the Buffalo State College Bengals in the 2019 Saint Michael's College Delta Hotels Burlington Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena on Friday evening.

The Continentals (7-3 overall) outshot the Bengals 38-17. Gab Venne '22 made 15 saves to earn the win in her first collegiate start between the pipes. Bri Gawronski made 31 stops for Buffalo State (4-6-2).

Hamilton went 3-for-7 on the power play while Buffalo State finished 2-for-3.

Kate Piacenza '21 struck first for the Continentals with a power-play goal at 7:58 in the first period. Loh passed to Taegan Blackwell '19 at the point for a shot and Piacenza tipped the puck into the nylon.

Just over seven minutes later, Hamilton capitalized on another power-play opportunity to gain a 2-0 lead. Piacenza found Kelli Mackey '20 at the top of the right circle. Mackey sent a pass to the back post and Loh tucked the puck into the goal at 15:12.

Natasha Steinle cut Buffalo State's deficit in half on a shot over Venne's left shoulder with 1:07 remaining in the opening period, but the Continentals scored twice in the second stanza and built a commanding 4-1 lead.

Hamilton's goals in the second period were scored less than two minutes apart. Loh scored her second power-play goal of the night at 10:17 off a give-and-go with Olivia Hawes '19, and Timary Malley '20 notched her first of the season at 11:57 with help from Emily Walther '21 and Mya Berretta '22.

Buffalo State pulled within 4-2 by scoring 5:13 into the third, but Hamilton clinched the victory with three more goals off the sticks of Andrea Rockey '19, Missy Segall '21 and Alayna Trice '20.

Hamilton wraps up the Saint Michael's Classic against the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Cairns Arena in South Burlington, Vt.