Feb. 17, 2008
Utica, NY -
Coach Kennedy was focused on his team's ability to rebound from tough losses. After today's game he is going to have to re-focus the team. The Knights suffered an agonizing defeat losing to Utica 7-1 this afternoon up in Utica, New York. It was senior day in the Aud and the Utica seniors took care not to have it ruined by the young and talented Knights.
The Pioneers jumped all over the Knights in the first period outscoring them 4-1. Utica's Jodi Galluzi, Kelly Bills, Jessica Leclerc and Tiffany Bichrest were able to tally goals as the Pioneers outshot the Knights 14-8 in the first period. The lone highlight for the Knights was junior Vicki Scott. She tied the score one to one twenty-two seconds after the Pioneers' Galluzi scored the first goal of the game.
The second stanza did not see anyone score. The fans did see seven power plays, four for Neumann and three for Utica. Neither team was able to score on those opportunities. This contributed to Neumann's 0-9 performance on the power play for the entire game.
In the third period Utica was able to add three more goals as Andrea Maxon, Michelle Witz and Samantha Rowan all were able to slip the Knights defense and net a goal a piece. The last two goals were scored while Utica was on the power play. This gave the Pioneers three power play goals out of seven attempts for the game.
In net for the Knights was senior Theresa White. White did her best to keep the Pioneers at bay. White stopped 36 out of 43 shots. With pressure coming at her from all angles White was fantastic between the pipes in the second period as she kept the Pioneers scoreless.
The Knights fall to 9-11-3 overall and 6-7-1 in the ECAC West. With the win the Pioneers were able to improve to 17-8 overall and 12-4 in conference. The Knights' road does not get easier. They return home for next weekend's games against regional power R.I.T. Neumann will take on R.I.T. Friday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. at Ice Works Arena in Aston, PA. The game will feature the Knights' drive to "Pink the Rink". Come support team dressed in pink and help them fight breast cancer and the Tigers.
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