Game Details: Sunday, Jan. 2 (3 pm)
Live Video: YouTube
Senior Shelby Calof scored a shoot-out goal to propel the Orange to the championship game of the ‘Battle at the Burgh’ on Saturday at the UMPC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa. Syracuse (6-9-5) and Boston University (9-6-4) skated to a 3-3 overtime tie before going to a shoot-out to determine which team would advance to the championship game. Calof put a shot past BU goalie Kate Stuart and then Orange goaltender Arielle DeSmet saved the final BU attempt in the shootout. Syracuse will play St. Cloud State on Sunday in the championship game at 3 pm.
“For us to start the second half of our season with an overtime win is very encouraging because in the first half of the season we had seven overtime games and we won one and tied four,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “Today, the reason we took the lead in the second period is because we worked hard, dominated some shifts and really earned the lead by keeping our feet moving, maintaining possession and tiring them out. At the start of the third period we started flat and gave up the lead. Then it became a question of how resilient our team is. We showed resiliency, we fought, had some good scoring chances in overtime and Arielle made some good saves. The team stayed positive on the bench. It was a good team effort. This was a huge win for us to start the second half of the season.”
Orange senior Abby Moloughney scored first on a power play goal at the 11:29 mark in the opening period. Senior Lauren Bellefontaine and freshman Sarah Marchand assisted on the score. BU tied the game 40 seconds later on a goal by Mackenna Parker.
Syracuse took a two-goal lead in the second period on goals by Moloughney, assisted by Bellefontaine and Jessica DiGirolamo, and sophomore Sarah Thompson, assisted by DiGirolamo and Calof. The Terriers responded in the third to tie the game and force overtime. After neither team scored in the five minute, three-on-three extra session, the game advanced to a shoot-out to determine which team would go to the championship game.
In the shootout, DeSmet saved the first three Boston University attempts and Marchand, Thompson and DiGirolamo had opportunities for Syracuse. Calof came on for the fourth Orange attempt and scored when she fired a shot past Stuart to give Syracuse the edge. DeSmet then turned away an attempt by BU’s Haylee Blinkhorn to secure the spot for the Orange in the championship game. DeSmet finished the game with 32 saves.