Monday, November 17, 2014

Cavs Douse Flames

The UVa Women's Hockey Club defeated the Liberty Lady Flames 2-0 in a well-fought contest on Friday night at the Main Street Arena. UVa's goalie Hannah Latham made 24 saves to earn her first shutout of the season and the team's first Division 1 win of the season.

UVa's tenacious center Jen Morgan got on the board first, late in the first period, when she potted the puck out of an ugly scrum in front of Liberty's net. Morgan was assisted by linemate Stephanie Tanner.

UVa dominated time-of-possession in the second period and it showed in the lopsided shot count. The Cavs outshot the Flames 25-3 in the frame. LU's netminder Emily Thomas did a remarkable job for the Flames. UVa's Shannon O'Donnell scored early in the second period off a feed from blueliner Allie Griswold to put the Hoos up by two. Thomas and UVa's Hannah Latham turned away shot after shot for the remainder of the game and the contest ended 2-0 in favor of the Cavs.

UVa outshot LU 50-24 in the contest. UVa was 0/1 on the PP and 2/2 on the PK. The Lady Cavaliers travel to Aston, PA this weekend for three road games. UVa (1-2-1-0) takes on the University of Maryland (4-2-0-0) on Friday at 9:45PM at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. The Hoos take on Villanova University (2-0-0-0) on Saturday at 6:45PM at the IceWorks. UVa battles Rowan University (5-2-0-0) on Sunday at 2PM at the IceWorks.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rock Rolls Hoos on Road Trip

This past Saturday, the UVa Women's Hockey Club traveled to Kittanning, PA to take on the Slippery Rock Lady Pride in a weekend double-header at the Belmont Complex Arena.

On Saturday afternoon, the Hoos tried to take advantage of SRU's inexperienced goaltender Gabrielle Reed, but SRU dominated time-of-possession throughout the game.  In the first period, SRU outshot the Cavs 16-2. UVa's netminder, Hannah Latham, was sharp and allowed only 1 goal in the first.

UVa tied it up early in the second, when standout rookie Hayley Aubin slipped around the right side of the OZ and wristed a well-placed shot past Reed's shortside. SRU would score twice more before Aubin would score again for the Hoos. Linemate Stephanie Tanner got the helper on UVa's second goal. The Pride would score one more late in the frame to end the period 4-2. UVa was outshot in the second period 12-3.

UVa managed to sustain more OZ pressure in the third and capitalized at 10:52 when Tanner tipped a shot in from the side of the net. Shannon O'Donnell and Erin Lyons got the assists. The contest ended 5-3 with SRU outshooting UVa 39-11. The Hoos went 0/1 on the PK and 0/1 on the PP.

The Lady Cavaliers and Lady Pride locked horns the next morning, with similar results. UVa had difficulty controlling the puck which led to a lopsided SOG differential. SRU outshot UVa 27-1 in just the first period, but scored only twice. For the second time in as many days, Hannah Latham was outstanding in net and kept UVa's chances alive until the end.

The Pride scored 17 ticks into the second period, putting them up 3-0 to start the frame. UVa's special teams delivered less than two minutes later when Hayley Aubin scored on the man-advantage. Linemate Shannon O'Donnell got the assist.

SRU would score two more times in the third period ending the contest 5-1. UVa was outshot 60-13 in regulation. The Hoos were 1/1 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK.

UVa takes on Liberty University this Friday (Nov 14th) at 9PM at the Main Street Arena.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lady Flames Tie Cavs

The Liberty University Lady Flames battled back from a 3-goal deficit to tie the Lady Cavaliers hockey club 4-4 in the final 86 seconds of regulation play on Saturday at the MSA. Both teams were awarded a point in the standings after a 5-minute four-on-four, sudden-death OT period yielded no goals.

UVa got on the board at 9:52 in the first period when captain Carly Buckholz whipped a wrister through traffic and beat LU's goalie Emily Thomas. Five and a half minutes later, on a second attempt from her own rebound, Buckholz scored again with a wrister that sailed over Thomas' glove. LU scored 27 seconds later off a deflection that found its way into the back of the Hoo's net. The period ended 2-1 with UVa outshooting LU 11-5 in the first.

The Lady Cavs continued to put pressure on the Flames in the second period. UVa rookie forward Hayley Aubin scored with a wicked wrister from the face-off dot that went top-shelf on Thomas. Aubin repeated the feat just three minutes later when she wristed a shot from the slot that went top-shelf again. Aubin was assisted on the goal by center Shannon O'Donnell. Liberty would put on some last-second heroics and score with 12 seconds remaining in the second to close the gap 4-2 going into the third.

Liberty scored two unanswered goals in the third, including a tally at 15:34 to force OT with the Cavs. After a scoreless OT, both teams were awarded 1 point.

UVa were 0/1 on the powerplay and 3/3 on the PK. The Orange and Blue outshot LU 46-30 in the contest. UVa travels to Kittanning, PA to take on the Lady Pride of Slippery Rock University on Saturday, November 8th (1PM start) and again on Sunday, November 9th at 10:30AM.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lady Cavs Split Home Opener

The Women's Hockey Club at the University of Virginia kicked off their 2014 season with a pair of games versus the North Jersey Phoenix this past weekend at the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville, VA. UVa dropped the first game 3-2 on Saturday and won, in dramatic fashion, 4-3 on Sunday.

On Saturday night, the new and improved Blue and Orange squad (twelve skaters, including six new players and two veteran netminders) got off to a great start. They dominated time-of-possession and outshot Phoenix almost 2-to-1 in the first period. UVa got solid goal-tending from Hannah Latham as the first period closed in a 0-0 tie.

At 9:07 in the second period, UVa's captain Carly Buckholz streaked down the right side of the OZ and ripped a shot that beat Phoenix's goaltender Lauren Solski longside. Buckholz was assisted by blueliner Erin Lyons. Two minutes later, Cav's tenacious center Jen Morgan fired a well placed shot from the high slot that beat Solski 5-hole to put the Hoos up by two.

NJP took advantage of a PP opportunity early in the third to pull within one goal. Phoenix continued to buzz and repeatedly crashed the net with an unconventional 4-1 press. They would score two more, unanswered goals and defeat the Lady Cavs 3-2.

Coach Ford had this to say about Game One:

"The Phoenix are a good team. We out-skated them for two periods and outshot them 31-21 in the game. We got a solid performance from Hannah (Latham) and our D. Our forechecking and backchecking by our forwards looked good. I think we lost focus during the break and came out flat in the third - we didn't match their intensity. One too many penalties and the wheels fell off. We have to stay focused, stay disciplined, and play three periods."

UVa and NJP met again on Sunday morning at the Main Street Arena. The Hoos got on the board at 8:22 in the first when center Shannon O'Donnell whipped a 15-foot wrister that just squeaked by Solski's blocker. O'Donnell was assisted by rookie winger Hayley Aubin. UVa would tally again at 6:15 of the first when Buckholz, from behind the opposition's net, bounced a shot off Solski and in. Morgan assisted on the tally. The frame ended 2-0 in favor of the Cavs.

NJP scored on a breakaway at 12:47 in the second period. Nine seconds later, UVa speedster Aubin sprung loose on a breakaway and jooked Solski to put the Cavs up by two again. The period ended 3-1 in favor of the Blue and Orange.

Play went back and forth in the third as each team attacked and countered with growing intensity. NJP would battle back, scoring at 15:58 and tying the contest at 9:10. With the period winding down, and OT looming, Buckholz streaked down the left-hand side. An NJP defender tried to keep Buckholz to the outside, but Carly got a step on the defender and cut across the crease. NJP's center, Christina Evans, read the play, charged Buckholz, and sent UVa's captain flying into the air, across the crease. Buckholz' skate inadvertently flew up and popped Solski in the mask. NJP's goalie collapsed, face-down on the ice. The referee raised his arm for a delayed penalty on Evans for a trip as UVa's Morgan lifted the loose puck up and in for the game-winning goal with 76 ticks left on the clock. Buckholz was credited with helper. UVa held on to win 4-3 over the Phoenix.

The Lady Cavs outshot NJP 34-23 in the contest. UVa was 1/1 on the PK and 0/3 on the PP.

The University of Virginia is on fall break and play continues Saturday, October 18th when the Lady Cavs takes on the Liberty Lady Flames at the MSA. The puck drops at 6PM.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Four Represent UVa at DVCHC All-Star Games

On Saturday, April 19th, four players from the Women's Ice Hockey Club at UVa traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to participate in the 2014 DVCHC All-Star Games.  The players skated on pro ice at the Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears.

UVa rookies Tasy Novopachennaia and Hannah Latham skated AGAINST one another in the New Stars GameNovopachennaia scored two goals in the 8-1 win over their opponents.

UVa defensive pair Allie Griswold and Erin Lyons played in the DVCHC All-Star Game later that afternoon.  Lyons assisted on two goals in the 4-4 tie. 

Players participated in the awards ceremony after the games and were invited to attend the AHL match-up between the Hershey Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms later that evening.