Women's ice hockey clobbers SUNY Cortland

Katie Zimmerman '13
Katie Zimmerman '13

Katie Zimmerman '13 scored three goals and added two assists to lead Hamilton College to a 7-0 win over SUNY Cortland in a non-conference game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 7.

Zimmerman tied a career-high with five points. She leads the team with 10 goals and 16 points this season, with 14 of those points coming in the last four games. Zimmerman also recorded a five-point game on Dec. 3, 2011, against Connecticut College. Prior to that, Stephanie Miguel '11 was the last Hamilton player to post a five-point performance on Jan. 25, 2009.

Kristen Pallen '13 scored one goal and added one assist. Nikki Haskins '14, Abby Runyon '13 and Emily Baxter '13 chipped in one goal apiece. Stephanie Lang '14, Laura DiCarlo '12 and Jill Tokarczyk '14 each posted two assists, and Courtney Power '15 and Julia Beaty '13 added one.

It was the second shutout of the season for the Continentals. Tori Bogen '14 earned the win in goal, stopping six shots in 32 minutes, 47 seconds. Sarah Schuchardt '15 made three saves in the final 27:13. It was her first appearance in goal for Hamilton.

Katie Avery '15 stopped 17 shots in 27:21 for the Red Dragons. Katie Double '12 made 16 saves over the final 32:39.

Hamilton (4-4-0 overall) got on the board with a power-play goal at 5:45 of the first period. Lang's shot in front was initially saved, but Zimmerman was there to lift the rebound into the net. Cortland had a good opportunity to even the score at 9:33 of the period, but Jordan Baum's effort from in front of the goal was saved by Bogen.

The Continentals doubled their lead on Baxter's first goal of the season at 11:15 of the period. After stealing a loose puck in front of the Cortland goal, Baxter lifted a shot into the top of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Hamilton scored again with 1:41 left in the first to stretch its lead to 3-0. Beaty played the puck from the left corner  to Zimmerman behind the net, who dropped the puck off to Pallen for a quick wrap-around shot and her first goal of the season. The Continentals held a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.

Hamilton scored another power-play goal at 3:41 of the second period. DiCarlo found Zimmerman in front for a quick shot that was saved. But Runyon was there to slide the rebound inside the far post for her fourth goal of the season. The Continentals' fifth goal came just 56 seconds later when the puck was played ahead to Zimmerman, who beat a defender and found the back of the net. Hamilton led 5-0 at the second intermission.

Zimmerman scored her third goal just 24 seconds into the third period to give the Continentals a 6-0 lead. DiCarlo played the puck ahead to Tokarczyk, who carried up the left side and fed a centering pass to Zimmerman for a one-time shot. Haskins closed the scoring at 9:21 of the third when she took a feed from Lang up the left side, and beat a defender before sliding the puck into the net for her first goal of the year.

The Continentals held a 40-9 shot advantage, and were 2-for-4 on the power play. The Red Dragons were 0-for-3. Hamilton leads the all-time series 14-0. Cortland (2-7-1) has lost seven straight games. The Continentals outscored the Red Dragons 13-1 during the weekend home-and-home series.

Hamilton hosts Elmira College for a non-conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

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