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.
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.