Sophomore Sarah Marchand scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to lead Syracuse to a sweep of College Hockey America foe RIT on Saturday at the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester. The Belle River, Ontario native the second and third goals for the Orange (3-7-1 overall, 2-0 CHA) in their 4-1 victory. She tallied her third point of the game assisting on Syracuse’s fourth goal for her 10th career multi-point game.
“Offense is something that we have been working on, so it was good to see four goals,” said head coach Britni Smith. “I would still like to see a little more offensive zone play, so that will be our next area of focus. We had two slow starts in the first and second period, so Arielle (DeSmet) was tested early and came up with some big saves to keep us in it. I do think in the third period we had a more consistent 20 minutes, I thought our defensive zone coverage was much more sound in the third.”
In the first period, junior Hannah Johnson gave the Orange a 1-0 lead, at the 13:40 mark. Freshman Mik Todd set up the play with a pass to junior Tatum White, who found Johnson at the top of the left circle. Johnson’s first shot was blocked by an RIT skater she put the deflection into the bottom right corner of the net for the Syracuse lead.
Marchand scored her first goal with less than a minute remaining in the first period. She stole the puck from an RIT skater and took it down the left side for the unassisted shorthanded goal and a 2-0 Orange lead.
In the second period, after RIT (2-9, 0-2) cut the Syracuse lead to one, 2-1, Marchand scored a power play goal to give the Orange a 3-1 lead. Mae Batherson and Lauren Bellefontaine assisted on the goal.
Sophomore Madison Primeau tallied the final goal of the game on a breakaway with 2:09 left in the second period. Marchand and Batherson set up the score in the defensive zone when Marchand sent a crossing pass to Batherson who fed Primeau at mid-ice for the breakaway.
In addition to her assist, Bellefontaine won 12 faceoffs, surpassing the 1,500-career faceoff win plateau. She has a Syracuse record 1,502 face off wins.
“Having Lauren at center allows her to play a more skilled and speed game so getting her back through the center of the ice has helped her game,” Smith said. “At the dot we have quite a few people who are able to get in and win those, but Lauren is one of the people we rely on when it comes to wining a power play or penalty kill faceoff especially.”
Bellefontaine scored the lone goal when she took the rebound off of sophomore Terryn Mozes’ shot and put it in the back of the net. The goal puts Bellefontaine in sole possession of ninth place on the Syracuse career scoring record list. She has 87 points (32 goals, 55 assists) in 137 games.
Syracuse will return home to host Alumni Weekend when Lindenwood visits for a CHA series on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th. On Saturday, the University will celebrate the 2021-22 CHA Championship Team with a Ring Ceremony.
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