The Syracuse Orange Women’s Hockey Team (7-11-1 overall, 4-2-0 CHA) returns to action this weekend when they host the thirteenth-ranked Vermont Catamounts for a two-game series at the Tennity Ice Pavillion. The first game will be on Friday night beginning at 6 pm EST and will be the Teddy Bear Toss game for the Orange. The series will conclude on Saturday with a scheduled start time of 3 pm.
The Orange will be facing a ranked opponent for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend they dropped both games against twelfth-ranked and College Hockey America (CHA) rival Penn State Nittany Lions at the Pegula Ice Arena. Despite the losses to Penn State, Syracuse is still in second place in the CHA conference.
The Catamounts suffered a bit of turbulence last weekend as well. They were in Boston, Massachusetts to face the eighth-ranked Northeastern Huskies, and like Syracuse, dropped both games. Vermont is currently in third place in the Hockey East conference.
These will be the last games for both teams before the end of the semester break. With Syracuse and Vermont looking to rebound from last weekend, let’s take a look at how they match up against each other.
Syracuse Orange Team Offense
Goals For: 47.
Goals For Per Game: 2.5.
Shots Per Game: 26.6
Power Play: 18.3% (11 for 60).
Vermont Catamounts Team Offense
Goals For: 62.
Goals For Per Game: 3.3.
Shots Per Game: 30.6.
Power Play: 26.3% (15 for 57).
Syracuse Orange Top Five Scorers
1.) Madison Primeau: 9 goals + 6 assists = 15 points.
2.) Lauren Bellefontaine: 5 goals + 10 assists = 15 points.
3.) Sarah Thompson: 8 goals + 6 assists = 14 points.
4.) Sarah Marchand: 6 goals + 7 assists = 13 points.
5.) Rhéa Hicks (2 goals + 7 assists), Mae Batherson (1 goal + 8 assists) = 9 points each.
Sarah Marchand leads the Orange in shots with 55.
Vermont Catamounts Top Five Scorers
1.) Natálie Mlynková: 12 goals + 14 assists = 26 points. She is 10th in Division I in points.
2.) Theresa Schafzahl: 14 goals + 10 assists = 24 points. She is tied for 5th in Division I in goals.
3.) Corinne McCool: 6 goals + 12 assists = 18 points.
4.) Sini Karjalainen: 2 goals + 13 assists = 15 points.
5.) Evelyne Blais-Savoie (7 goals + 5 assists), Lily Humphrey (4 goals + 8 assists) = 12 points each.
Theresa Schafzahl leads the Catamounts in shots with 95.
Syracuse Orange Team Defense
Goals Against: 54.
Goals Against Per Game: 2.8.
Shots Allowed: 548.
Shots Allowed Per Game: 28.8.
Penalty Kill: 86.0% (49 for 57). The Orange are 16th in Division I on the penalty kill and tied for fourth in shorthanded goals scored.
Vermont Catamounts Team Defense
Goals Against: 39.
Goals Against Per Game: 2.1. Vermont is 11th in Division I in goals against per game.
Shots Allowed: 387.
Shots Allowed Per Game: 20.4.
Penalty Kill: 72.7% (32 for 44).
Syracuse Orange Goaltending
Arielle DeSmet has a record of 5-11-1 with a GAA of 2.85, a 0.909 save percentage, and 1 shutout.
Ariella Merlino has a record of 1-0-0 with a GAA of 0.00, a 1.000 save percentage, and 1 shutout.
Amelia Van Vilet has a record of 1-0-0 with a GAA of 2.64 and a 0.750 save percentage.
Vermont Catamounts Goaltending
Jessie McPherson has a record of 10-7-1 with a GAA of 2.15, a 0.896 save percentage, and 1 shutout. She is tied for 5th in Division I in wins.
Sydney Correa has a record of 1-0-0 with a GAA of 0.00, a 1.000 save percentage, and 1 shutout.
The head coach of the Orange is Britni Smith, and the Catamounts are coached by Jim Plumer. For more information about Syracuse Orange hockey, visit https://cuse.com. For more information about Vermont Catamounts hockey, visit https://uvmathletics.com.