Saturday, March 2nd
Hamilton 16-8-2 (9-5-2, NESCAC) – 1
#10 Middlebury 16-7-3 (9-5-2, NESCAC) – 3
Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, but Middlebury popped in two goals during the second. After that, the Panthers added a short-handed goal in the third to take a 3-0 lead with under 8 minutes to play in the game.
NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Nancy Loh, finally got the Continentals on the board with her team leading 11th goal. Emily Williams took a shot from the point that was blocked in front. Maddie Beitler was able to find the loose puck and tap it over to Loh who fired it into the net.
Hamilton was outshot 29-17. Gab Venne finished with 26 saves concluding her first collegiate season. Venne played in ten games this season, finishing with a .952 save percentage and 1.39 goals against average with 2 shutouts. That places her among the top 5 in the NESCAC.
Hamilton loses a handful of seniors including forwards Andrea Rockey, Olivia Hawes, Jenna Jewell, and Williams along with top defenseman Taegan Blackwell. The Continentals should be competing for the NESCAC Championship once again next season with their main core all returning.
Saturday, March 2nd
Nichols 14-9-3 (8-4-1, CHC) – 2
Morrisville 16-8-2 (8-5-2, CHC) – 4
Morrisville came out firing in the first period and put up 15 shots, two of which found the back of the net. Mackenzie Lombardi scored at 14:19 assisted by Maria deWilde. Four minutes later, Tessa Dobson scored a power-play goal to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. Alexziz Giannamore and Kaitlyn Schlake assisted.
The league’s best power-play struck again at 13:00 of the second when Kylie Cameron extended the lead to 3-0. Assists on Cameron’s goal went to Maddison Devlin and Giannamore. Nichols scored two goals to close out the second period setting up for an exciting third.
Lombardi added another power-play tally against the best penalty killing unit in the CHC putting Morrisville ahead 4-2 with only 2:31 to play. Morrisville outshot Nichols 40-18. Karoline Arvik was in net for the Mustangs.
Sunday, March 3rd
Morrisville 16-9-2 (8-5-2, CHC) – 0
Endicott 19-4-4 (11-2-1, CHC) – 1 (OT)
This was the third year in a row Endicott and Morrisville would face-off in the Championship game. Morrisville came out on top the previous two years. The goalies on both ends of the ice coming with big stops and key moments throughout the first 60 minutes which led to a 0-0 tie heading into overtime.
At the 13:00 mark of overtime Endicott took a shot from the slot and beat Karoline Arvik securing the Championship for Endicott. Arvik finished with 51 saves.
Lombardi and Arvik were named to the 2019 CHC All-Tournament Team.
Morrisville will say goodbye to seniors Maria deWilde, Kaitlyn Schlake, Ciara Lark, Megan Kirk, and Kim Hughes. All have appeared in over 100 games with the Mustangs, with the exception of Kirk who has played 99. It will be interesting to see how Morrisville performs next season as they switch conferences into the NEWHL along with SUNY Canton.