By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.
The Syracuse Orange Women’s Hockey Team (5-7-1 overall, 4-0-0 CHA) is on a roll.
After a rough start to their season where they lost seven of their first eight games, the Orange are undefeated in their last five games. In fact, they have won their last four games in a row, and the defending College Hockey America champions are undefeated in conference play so far this season. Their latest victories were this past weekend against CHA foe the Lindenwood Lions (0-8-0 overall, 0-4-0 CHA).
Here’s 315 Hockey’s preview of this series: Syracuse Orange Women’s Hockey vs Lindenwood Series Preview
The Orange earned a 4-1 victory in the first match of the two-game set on Friday night. Sophomore forward Madison Primeau scored a hat trick and junior forward Sarah Thompson had three assists to lead the scoring in the game. Syracuse went two for two on the power play and was dominant in the faceoff dot – winning thirty-seven of fifty-three draws, led by Tatum White’s fifteen wins. Goaltender Arielle DeSmet made twenty-eight saves to pick up the win. Click here, Primeau’s Hat-Trick Leads Orange Past Lindenwood; Series Finale and Ring Ceremony is Saturday – Syracuse University Athletics for a full recap of this game.
The next day, the Syracuse faithful celebrated alumni weekend with a pregame ring ceremony celebrating the Orange’s CHA championship win from last season. As for the game itself, the Orange jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Hannah Johnson and Sarah Marchand. The Lions got a goal from their leading scorer, Morgan Neitzke, in the later portion of the first period to cut the Syracuse lead in half going into the first intermission.
Marchand added her second goal of the game early in the second period to restore her team’s two-goal lead, but it would not last. Lindenwood’s Olivia Grabianowski scored with one minute left in the second period, and then a Sarah Davies goal at the 4:25 mark in the third tied the game at one. Overtime was avoided in dramatic fashion, however, as Syracuse’s Tatum White stole the puck and beat Lindenwood goaltender Natalie Ferenc with four seconds left in the period to give her team a 4-3 victory. Arielle DeSmet was in goal for the Orange once again and made twenty-five saves to earn her fourth straight win. Click here White’s Late Goal Propels the Orange to Victory – Syracuse University Athletics for a full recap of this game.
For their efforts over the weekend against Lindenwood, Sarah Thompson was named the CHA Forward of the Week, and Hannah Johnson was named the CHA Defenseman of the Week.
The Orange hit the road next weekend for a two-game set on Friday and Saturday at Princeton. For more information on Syracuse Orange hockey, visit https://cuse.com.