UTICA, NY- The Utica College women’s hockey team kept its momentum rolling Saturday as it downed Kings College 5-0 to pick up the series sweep.
The Pioneers have now outscored their opponents 34-0 over their last four games. Utica is also in the midst of a shutout streak that currently stands at 256:32. UC (4-1, 3-0 UCHC) will look to carry its momentum into a conference showdown at Stevenson University next weekend. Friday’s game will begin at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Senior Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA/Boston Shamrocks/Woburn High School) extended her scoring streak to four games as she put in her 10th of the year at 5:19 of the first period. Erica Sloan (Potsdam, NY/St. Lawrence Steel) and Carly Stefanini (Framingham, MA/Brooks School) tallied assists on the play.
Utica tacked on an insurance tally with 2:24 remaining in the opening period when Rebecca Brown (Steamboat Springs, CO/Norwich University) fed Abby Lillis (West Seneca, NY/Buffalo Bisons) from behind the net. Lillis fired a shot through the five-hole for her first of the year. Nicole Flak (Middleton, MA/Boston Shamrocks) also picked up an assist on Utica’s second goal.
The Pioneers took a three-goal lead at 14:50 of the second stanza as Alexa Carlon (Lakewood, NY/Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles) buried a loose puck in front. Flak and Carloyn Whitney assisted on Carlon’s second of the season.
The Pioneers added a pair of special teams goals in the final six minutes to put the game away. First, Sloan capitalized on a Kings turnover and made a nifty move to roof a backhand shot into the top of the net for a shorthanded tally at 14:02.
Then, just 2:07 later, Santullo put in her second of the day and team-leading 11th of the year as she banged home a rebound. Sloan and Stefanini picked up assists on the powerplay tally.