Game Details: Saturday, Jan. 1 (4 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 2 (12 pm or 3 pm)
Live Video: YouTube
The Orange will begin 2022 in the ‘Battle at the Burgh’ against Boston University on Saturday, Jan. 1st (4 pm) at the UMPC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa. This will be the first meeting between Syracuse (6-9-4 overall, 5-3 College Hockey America) and Boston University (9-6-3, 8-4-3 HEA). Penn State and St. Cloud will play in the second game of the opening round at 7 pm. On Sunday, the consolation game will face off at 12 pm followed by the championship game at 3 pm. All games will be streamed on YouTube.
STRONG IN THE CIRCLE
Senior Lauren Bellefontaine ranks second in the nation in faceoff wins with 253. Bellefontaine has 1,281 career faceoff wins in 114 games, an average of 11.2 per contest. This season she is averaging 13.3 faceoff wins per game. Her single-season best is 14.4 faceoff wins per game.
The Orange are 13th nationally in faceoff win percentage (52.6). The Syracuse team record for faceoff win percentage in a season is 52.8, set in 2020-21. This season’s faceoff win percentage ranks third in program history behind the 2012-13 Orange, who won 52.7 percent of their faceoffs.
Senior Abby Moloughney ranks fourth on the Syracuse record list for games with three or more points with seven. The Orange record is eight held by tied with Jessica Sibley (2013-17), Melissa Piacentini (2012-16) and Isabel Menard (2009-11).
Moloughney has four power play goals this season, which is the second-best total for a Syracuse senior in program history. She has 12 career power play goals, which ranks sixth all time at Syracuse. Graduate students Jessica DiGirolamo and Victoria Klimek are tied for 11th with nine career power play goals.
POWER PLAY PROWESS
Syracuse is tied for seventh nationally with 13 power play goals and is 12th in the nation in penalty kill percentage (88.5%). Senior Abby Moloughney is Syracuse’s most opportunistic player on the power play with four goals this season, which ties for fifth nationally.
2021-22 BY THE NUMBERS
1: The Orange rank first in the CHA and 12th nationally in penalty kill percentage (.885).
2: Lauren Bellefontaine ranks eighth nationally in face-off wins with 253.
4: Victoria Klimek’s four points against Penn State are the most in a game by a Syracuse player this season.
9: Sarah Marchand leads the Orange in assists with nine.
12: Twelve Orange skaters have scored goals in 2021-22, including 11 multiple-goal scorers.
15: Abby Moloughney has a team-leading 15 points.
16: Sixteen different players have recorded at least one assist this season, including five who have six or more helpers.
17: Seventeen players have at least one point in 2021-22.
39: Jessica DiGirolamo leads the team with 39 blocks.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Senior forward Courtney Correia leads Boston University with 17 points, including nine goals and eight assists, and is the Terrier’s leader in the faceoff circle with 155 wins.
Senior forward Natalie Heising paces the Penn State (10-6-2, 4-2-0 CHA) offense with 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists) and ranks seventh nationally in goals per game. She was named CHA Forward of the Month in November. Syracuse leads the series against the Nittany Lions, 29-5-7.
St. Cloud State (6-11-1, 2-11-1 WCHA) junior forward Taylor Lind has a team-leading 17 points, including five goals and 12 assists. Should the Orange play the Huskies it will be the first meeting between the programs.
Syracuse will play a weekend series at Minnesota State on Friday, Jan. 7th (4 pm) and Saturday, Jan. 8th (3 pm). Both games will be streamed via Big Ten +. The Orange return home for a weekend home-and-home series against CHA opponent RIT at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 21st (7 pm) and at RIT on Saturday, Jan. 22nd (3 pm).
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.