The IUP Crimson Hawks scratched their goalie before last Friday’s game against our Women Vulcans hockey team – at least, one could assume that after a 14-1 win at Rostraver Ice Garden.
Friday’s game showed an impressive offensive dominance by the Vulcans, who held a commanding offensive zone presence throughout all periods of play and scored 6 of their 14 goals in the 1st period alone. The forwards found a weak spot in goalie Danielle Eppley’s net coverage as she struggled to protect the crease against her left goal post. The Vulcans registering 41 shots on goal.
In a 14-1 game, one might suspect the night’s story to be about offense. Despite this, the game featured a strong showing from the defense, which controlled the blue line and had neutral zone supremacy. The team played a very north-south style, turning defensive play into offensive opportunities and limiting defensive zone minutes to keep pucks from reaching goalie Maria Sciacca, who only saw 18 shots on goal.
Forward Hayley D’Hondt, who scored two goals in the game, said the backbone of the team is a great defense.
Friday’s game marked the women’s debut in a new league this year, the College Hockey East Women’s division (CHE).
“We wanted to leave our mark,” D’Hondt said in reference to the new league as the team hopes to make waves in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
The women’s next game will be held at home against Slippery Rock University on Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m. The men’s CHE will play at home against Pitt-Johnstown at 10 p.m. tonight and the men’s CHA team will play home against Case Western Reserve at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.