Women's hockey completes season sweep of SUNY Morrisville

Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Michaela Giuttari '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Michaela Giuttari '20 recorded the first hat trick of her collegiate career and the Continentals posted a lopsided 5-1 non-conference victory over the SUNY Morrisville Mustangs at Morrisville's IcePlex on Friday afternoon.

Hamilton (3-3-0 overall) swept the two-game season series from the Mustangs. The Continentals routed Morrisville 6-0 at Russell Sage Rink on Nov. 26. Missy Segall '21 chipped in two goals and two assists and Kate Piacenza '21 contributed a pair of helpers.

Hamilton sticks went up on on a scoring chance three minutes into the first period. Hyla Mosher '23 grabbed the puck in the right corner, pulled it back and passed to Timary Malley '20 before skating to the front of the net. Malley passed the puck back and sticks went up in anticipation of a goal, but goaltender Sissy Harman (37 saves) stopped the puck.

Morrisville (4-5-1) opened the scoring at 3:50 in the first after it gained the offensive zone following a Hamilton icing. Madalyn Box intercepted a Hamilton attempt to clear the puck at the blue line and fired a slap shot straight down the center that went directly into the back of the net. The Continentals received their first penalty with 6:00 left, but the penalty kill stood strong and didn't allow another goal.

Hamilton evened the score with 58 seconds left in the period. Giuttari stole the puck from a Morrisville forward attempting to clear the zone and rushed up the right side before she buried a shot into the top-right corner. Segall was credited with the assist on Giuttari's first goal of the season.

Hamilton took the lead just 1:11 into the second period. Maura Holden '23 pulled the puck back from the corner and passed to Giuttari, who skated to the center and fired a bardown snap shot for the 2-1 advantage.

Morrisville received their third penalty of the period -- a tripping call on Danielle Bunting -- with 7:24 remaining. Hamilton converted on its power play 67 seconds later. Piacenza shot the puck from an odd angle, dropping to one knee to lift it up, but barely missed the net. Segall, who was in front of the net, captured the puck before Harman could and knocked it in for the 3-1 lead.

Giuttari completed her hat trick in style with a beautiful zone-to-zone rush that ended with a goal. She stole the puck in the Continentals' defensive zone and rushed up the right side. Giuttari then dragged the puck across the front of the net and pulled Harman out of place before she tapped it in at the left post 4:48 into the third period. Segall picked up her team-high fifth assist of the season.

Hamilton rounded out the scoring at 8:55 of the third. The Continentals took control of the puck in the neutral zone as Nancy Loh '22 stole it and passed to Piacenza, who carried it up the ice and behind the net. Piacenza passed to Segall in front and she knocked it past Harman. Segall leads Hamilton with eight points.

The Continentals play another non-conference road game at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22