SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior Rachel Porter (Franklin, Mass.) tied the program's single season record for both goals and assists as the Salve Regina University women's ice hockey team defeated Saint Michael's, 6-1, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East contest on Saturday at Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights finish the regular season 3-20-1 overall and 2-15-1 in the ECAC East, while the Seahawks head into the playoffs at 11-9-5 on the season and 7-7-4 during conference play.
Porter now has 16 goals, tying the program's single season record previously set by Kathleen Roche during the 2008-09 season. She also has 16 assists, matching the single season program record set by Gabrielle Gardner during the 2008-09 campaign.
Freshman Ellia Heroux (Thunder Bay Ontario/Thunder Bay Queens) tallied the lone goal for the Purple Knights. Junior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) finished with 34 saves and surpassed the 800 save mark on the season midway through the second period, extending her own school record to 807. Sophomore Meaghan Leong (Cohasset, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) finished with 5 saves.
Freshman Sarah Markey (Ashland, Mass./Hebron Academy) led the Crusaders with one goal and two assists, while classmate Taylor Shepherd (Quincy, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) tallied two markers. Junior Rachel Porter (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) picked up one goal and one assist for the visitors. Senior Rebecca Simmons (Averill Park, N.Y./Toronto Rattlers) finished with 16 saves, while junior Ali Muehlbronner (Glenside, Pa./Abington) stopped two shots in relief.
The Seahawks got on the board first at 12:51 when Shepherd knocked down a shot from the point and put home the loose puck to make it 1-0. That was the lone tally in the stanza and the Purple Knights were outshot 11-7.
Salve Regina extended its lead to 2-0, as Porter brought the puck into the zone and snapped a shot to the upper right corner of the net at 3:55 of the second frame. The Seahawks tallied two power-play goals in a 20 second span midway through the period and then tacked on one more with 1:30 left to make it 5-0. The Seahawks peppered Stevens during the stanza outshooting the Purple Knights 23-4.
Heroux got the Purple Knights on the board when she struck at 10:41 of the third period, but the Crusaders answered just over three minutes later to extend their lead back to five goals.
Three Purple Knight seniors were honored prior to the contest: Kelly McDonald (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), Kiera Nelligan (Melrose, Mass./Arlington Catholic) and Casey Yelton (Arnold, Md./Washington Pride).
The Seahawks will play in the opening round of the ECAC Women's Open Tournament on Saturday when they host Castleton State (7:30 p.m.) at the St. George's Ice Rink.
Courtesy of Saint Michaels Sports Information