Women's hockey captures Saint Michael's tournament title

Kelli Mackey '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Kelli Mackey '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Five Hamilton College players scored a goal and the Continentals cruised to a 5-0 win against the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the 2019 Saint Michael's College Delta Hotels Burlington Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (8-3-0 overall) claimed the tournament title after the Continentals posted their second five-goal victory in as many days. Hamilton recorded a 7-2 triumph against Buffalo State College on Friday. Nancy Loh '22 racked up three goals and three assists in the two games and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Taegan Blackwell '19 made the all-tournament team after she posted a total of four assists.

Kelli Mackey '20 led the Continentals' offense with a career-best three assists, Missy Segall '21 chipped in a goal and an assist, and Blackwell picked up two helpers. Gab Venne '22 needed to make just six saves as she posted her first collegiate shutout in her second career start.

Hamilton enjoyed a commanding 53-6 shot advantage and scored twice on six power-play opportunities. The Continentals won 41 of the 59 faceoffs and were led by Segall, who won 19 of 23. Britney Evangelista stopped 48 shots for USM (4-6-4).

Kate Piacenza '21 gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead with her fourth goal this season 1:50 into the first period. Mackey's shot from the slot was saved by Evangelista but the rebound deflected off Piacenza and in from near the right side of the crease.

The Continentals held on to their slim one-goal lead until late in the second period. Mya Berretta '22 sent a pass from the left circle in front where Maddie Beitler '21 was there to redirect it into the left side of the goal for Beitler's second goal this season with 5:40 left.

The floodgates opened in the third period as Hamilton tacked on three more goals. Segall roofed a shot from close range for her third goal this season and a 3-0 cushion just 34 seconds into the period. The Continentals were on the power play when Mackey sent a cross-ice pass to the left circle where Loh shot and scored into the left side of the net for her team-leading seventh goal at 4:11 of the third. Loh leads the NESCAC in goals and points (17), and is tied for the top spot with 10 assists. She has registered at least one point in all but one game this season.

Hamilton was on the power play again when Michaela Giuttari '20 scored her fourth goal this season with 8:35 remaining. Segall's shot was controlled and then dropped in traffic out in front of the goal by Evangelista. She tried to slap the puck away with her stick but instead it went back to Segall, who tipped it to Giuttari, and she scored from the bottom of the right circle. Hamilton is third in Division III on the power play at 31.7 percent with 13 goals in 41 chances.

The Continentals are back on the road next weekend for a conference game at Trinity College on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.