Women's ice hockey explodes for seven goals in win

Katie Zimmerman '13
Katie Zimmerman '13

Katie Zimmerman '13 scored a career-high four goals and added one assist to lead Hamilton College to a 7-3 win over Connecticut College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Dec. 3.

Zimmerman leads the team with five goals, and has scored 24 in her Hamilton career. The last Hamilton player to record a five-point game was Stephanie Miguel '11 on Jan. 25, 2009. Zoe Baldwin was the last player to score at least four goals in a game, with five against Trinity College exactly seven years ago.

Gigi Fraser '14, Abby Runyon '13 and Stephanie Lang '14 each posted a goal and two assists. Meredith Bitterman '12 added three helpers, and Hannah Jaiven '14 and Courtney Power '15 each picked up one. Becca Hazlett '13 made nine saves in net.

Ariel DiPasquale '13 paced the Camels with a goal and an assist. Andrea McRae '13 and Sam Shuffenecker '13 chipped in one goal apiece. Olivia Farrell '14 added two assists, and Molly Murphy '13, Jillian Dolliff '12 and Jess Desorcie '15 posted one.

Hamilton leads the all-time series 18-6-3. The last time the Continentals scored seven goals was on Jan. 19, 2011, in a 7-4 win over SUNY Oswego.

The Continentals got on the board first at 4:23 of the first period when Zimmerman fed Fraser for a one-time wrist shot from the right side that snuck inside the far post.

Hamilton (2-3-0 overall, 2-2 NESCAC) doubled its lead with a power-play goal at 7:51 of the first. Bitterman played the puck to Runyon, who fired a slap shot from the point into the back of the net. Lang was also credited with an assist on the play.

Zimmerman pounded home a rebound of Fraser's shot from just in front at 16:43 of the period for a power-play goal to make it 3-0. Runyon also recorded an assist.

The Camels (1-3-0, 1-3) cut into Hamilton's lead at 17:20 when DiPasquale's shot from the right circle found the back of the net. Murphy and Farrell were credited with assists. The Continentals led 3-1 at the first intermission.

After two Hamilton penalties in 33 seconds, Connecticut College had a two-skater advantage at 1:53 of the second. McRae's power-play goal just 18 seconds later cut the Continentals' lead to 3-2. Dolliff and Desorcie assisted on the play.

The Camels pulled even exactly one minute later when Shuffenecker fired a shot into the back of the net for another power-play goal. DiPasquale and Farrell each posted an assist.

Zimmerman answered back with a power-play goal at 5:50 of the second to put Hamilton up 4-3. Bitterman fed a pass to Zimmerman at the right circle, who fired a wrist shot that snuck inside the far post. Lang also assisted on the goal.

Zimmerman netted another power-play goal just 1 minute, 8 seconds later. She took a feed from Jaiven on a rush and beat two Connecticut College defenders to make it 5-3.

The Continentals scored yet another power-play goal at 13:50 of the second when Bitterman's slap shot from the point was saved by the goaltender, and Lang was there to flick the rebound into the net. Runyon was also credited with an assist on the play. Hamilton led 6-3 at the second intermission.

Zimmerman closed the scoring at 10:35 of the third when she put Fraser's rebound through the five-hole. Power also assisted on the goal.

Hamilton held a 30-12 shot advantage, and was 5-for-8 on the power play. Connecticut College was 2-for-4 on the power play. Amy Leichliter '13 stopped 15 shots in goal for the Camels in 33:50, and Kelsie Fralick '15 made eight saves the rest of the game.

Hamilton hosts SUNY Oswego for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Conn. College hosts Holy Cross on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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