Senior Abby Moloughney recorded her first career hat trick to send the Orange into the 2022 College Hockey America championship game. Syracuse’s 3-2 overtime win against RIT on Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion puts the Orange in the CHA championship game for the ninth time and the second year in a row. The #1 seed Orange will play #3 seed Mercyhurst for the title. The Lakers beat #2 seed Penn State, 4-2. The game will be streamed on Stretch.
“Kudos to our kids. We were resourceful in terms of generating a lot of chances,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “For us to get over the hump and get to the championship game was good for us today. We have a very determined group. We have fifth year players and seniors that are a really good group. They were not going to let this slip away. There was never any panic in the locker room in between periods or on the bench. They stayed the course and kept doing what we’ve been doing.”
Syracuse wasted no time in taking a lead. Senior Abby Moloughney scored just 32 seconds into the first period to give the Orange a 1-0 advantage. Moloughney one-timed a rebound into the back of the net. Graduate student Jessica DiGirolamo and senior Victoria Klimek assisted on the goal.
RIT tied the game on a power play goals with less than eight left in the second period and took a 2-1 lead two minutes into the third period.
Moloughney scored her second of the game less than four minutes later to tie the score, 2-2, to force overtime. DiGirolamo set up the second goal, as well.
Moloughney, who is one of four Orange in the Syracuse 100 Point Club, is tied for second on the Syracuse careeer goals record list with 45 and has 104 career points. DiGirolamo has 61 career assists, which is second in Syracuse history, and 94 points, which ties for fourth on the Orange all-time list.
Tickets for the 2022 CHA Championship can be purchased on game days at the Tennity Ice Pavilion box office. Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Parking is available, free of charge, in the lots around Tennity Ice Pavilion, including the Softball Stadium Lot, 621 North Skytop Lot and 621 South Skytop Lot.
50 YEARS OF SYRACUSE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS
Orange alumni, fans and friends are invited to share in a year-long celebration of 50 years of Syracuse University women’s athletics. Events and special recognition of all female student-athletes who have donned the Block S to represent Syracuse University and the Athletics Department since 1971-72 will be held throughout the 2021-22 seasons. As we celebrate this history, we acknowledge those who have gone before us to set the standard we strive to achieve today so we can pave the way for the future. We reflect on the history of women in sport, admire their sacrifices, recognize their contributions and accomplishments, and honor their legacy.