Syracuse Orange Women’s Hockey Team Has a Big Weekend

By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

The Syracuse Orange Women’s Hockey Team (3-7-1 overall, 2-0-0 CHA) has been looking for some positives during a rough start to their season. They found it in a big way on Thursday and Saturday, as they opened their CHA (College Hockey America) conference play by sweeping a home-in-home series against the RIT Tigers (2-10-0 overall, 0-2-0 CHA).

Thursday’s game was played on the Orange’s home ice at the Tennity Ice Pavillion. Syracuse got only one goal in the game when team captain Lauren Bellefontaine scored at the 4:53 mark of the first period, but that is all they would need. Reigning CHA Goaltender of the Week Arielle DeSmet made twenty-five saves to pick up the win and the seventh shutout of her career. According to cuse.com, Syracuse head coach Britni Smith had this to say about DeSmet’s performance.

“Goalies like Arielle find ways to keep you in games…It’s nice that she got the shutout”.

Two nights later, the teams met again, this time it was eighty-eight miles to the west in Rochester’s Gene Polisseni Center. It was a different location for the Orange but the same result, as this time they defeated the Tigers by a score of 4-1. Sophmore forward Sarah Marchand led the way on offense, scoring two goals (one on the power play and one shorthanded) and an assist – with the shorthanded goal ending up the game winner. Senior defender Mae Batherson picked up two assists to join Marchand as the other multi point scorer for the Orange. DeSmet was in goal once again, and recorded seventeen saves to pick up her third win of the season.

After the game, coach Smith commented “offense is something that we have been working on, so it was good to see four goals. 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.” (quote courtesy of cuse.com).

Syracuse will continue CHA conference play on Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th when they host the Lindenwood Lions at the Tennity Ice Pavillion. For more information about Syracuse Orange hockey, visit https://cuse.com.

ICYMI: In this episode of 315 Hockey Live, Tatum White of the Syracuse University Women’s Hockey Team joins the show! We’ll discuss her hockey roots, hockey influences, why she chose Syracuse, whether bodychecking should be allowed in women’s hockey, balancing hockey and academics, and much more!

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