BY ANTHONY CAVARRETTA
The women’s ice hockey team won their final regular home game of the inaugural season with a score of 7-1 against Post University on Friday, Feb. 1. The Sharks dominated the entire contest, outshooting the Eagles of Post University 67 to 39, with 45 to 24 of those shots being on goal.
The blue and gold took a lead midway through the first period and never looked back after freshman Renee Hoffmann scored her 11th goal of the season, assisted by her sister Julia Hoffmann, and Carrigan Umpherville.
The Sharks scored two more goals before the end of the first period, as freshman Matilda af Bjur and Grace Dima both scored to give The Sharks a 3-0 advantage. The lead stretched to 4-0 early in the second period when Umpherville scored on a feed from behind the net by Renee Hoffmann.
Post University answered in the second period as their Sadie Storm ripped a shot in power-play. The Sharks answered with back to back goals from freshman Alva Johnson, Abby Latorella and Umpherville. Umpherville thereby scored her team-leading 12th goal of the year.
Freshman Saige McKay netted her third goal of the year to close out the game. Freshman goalkeeper, Mia McLeod stopped 23 shots on the day.
The win places the women’s ice hockey team at fourth place in the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance standings and they will host the number five seed Saint Michael’s College in the first round of the playoffs. With the season winding down, the team looks to enter the playoffs strong, but it will require great teamwork and them paying attention to the details.
“The team needs to stay bonded and focus on the little things to have success in the playoffs,” forward Megan Bouver said.
The Sharks will close out the regular season with four road contests over the next two weeks, beginning with a two-game set in Winchendon, Massachusetts against Franklin Pierce University. The first game will be played on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Jason Ritchie Arena.