FRIDAY, FEB. 1 // 4:00 PM
SATURDAY, FEB. 2 // 7:30 PM
BOSTON – With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Suffolk women's hockey splits its time on the road and at home this weekend. The Rams are set for a trip to Southern Maine Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m., before it entertains No. 8/5 Norwich the following day, Saturday, Feb. 2 in an Autism Awareness game at 7:30 p.m.
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Saturday's showdown with the defending NCAA Division III National Champion No. 8/5 Norwich will serve as the Rams' Autism Awareness contest.
Leading up to the game, there will a ceremonial puck drop.
Suffolk will wear specially designed, puzzle piece sweaters for the outing.
LAST TIME OUT
Three different Rams scored and standup netminding from Kristen Caporusso led Suffolk women's hockey to a 3-0 victory over New England College Saturday afternoon at Lee Clemente Arena.
MORE READING: Women's Hockey Blanks New England College, 3-0
Suffolk swept its second-straight NEHC weekend to extend its win streak to four and move to 14-6-1 overall and 9-2-1 in league outings, good for 21 points and second place in the standings.
The Rams hold the second-most powerful offense in the league with 2.95 ppg led by a pair of 20-plus point producers in Tess Adams and Shana Cote. The duo are two of six Suffolk scorers who have eclipsed the double-digit point plateau in the inaugural season of Suffolk women's hockey. Adams' stat line features a team-best 14 goals, good for second in the league, and 13 assists for 27 points, which puts the senior as the second-best scoring threat in the conference with 1.29 ppg. Cote, meanwhile, sits atop the team and second in the league in handouts with 15 to go along with eight goals for 23 points, the most for a rookie skater in the league, and tied for fourth-most overall. The Rams' freshman from Broomfield, Colorado, also has potted four game-winners, good for a share for the top in the conference.
In net, Kristen Caporusso had backstopped Suffolk to each of its 14 victories. The sophomore goaltender brings in league-leading numbers between the pipes as well sitting second in GAA (1.55) and winning percentage (.725) and third in save percentage (.935).
HAVE TO KNOW 'BOUT THE HUSKIES
Southern Maine slipped to 7-9-5 on the season after tying Salem State (3-3) and falling to then-No. 6/4 Norwich (6-1) last weekend. The Huskies head into the weekend in fifth place in the conference with a 4-5-3 league ledger.
USM's 37-goal offense is powered by the trio of Rylie Binnette, Jensen Hamblett and Katie Nolan. Binnette leads the charge with seven goals and five helpers for a team-best 12 points. Hamblett and Nolan, meanwhile, have each recorded 11 points. Hamblett's stat line comes off a team-high nine assists and two strikes, while Nolan has found the back of the net a squad-best eight times and set-up three shots.
Britney Evangelista and Whitney Padgett team up as the top netminders in the league when it comes to save percentage. Evanglista sports a .943 mark, while Padgett brings in a .937 save percentage. In GAA, the former is fourth in the league at 2.02 goals allowed per game and Padgett is fifth at 2.19 goals given up per contest.
WE MEET AGAIN
Suffolk women's hockey scored one goal in each period and Kristen Caporusso was perfect in net as the Rams shutout Southern Maine, 3-0, Dec. 1 at Louis E. Porrazzo Memorial Rink.
MORE READING: Women's Hockey Halts Southern Maine, 3-0
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk and Southern Maine will meet for the second time Friday afternoon.
- The Rams look to remain unbeaten all-time versus the Huskies as its heads to Gorham, Maine, with a 1-0-0 ledger against USM.
CADETS CATCH UP
Norwich marked a tally in the win, loss and tie column a week ago to move to 15-4-2 on the season and 12-0-1 against conference competition. The Cadets, who appear in both the USCHO.com (8) and D3Hockey.com (5) polls, slipped up against conference competition for the first time this season with a 3-3 tie at Castleton Jan. 25.
Amanda Conway anchors Norwich's 4.62 gpg offense as the junior forward boasts 33 points on 23 goals and 10 handouts. Conway is the top scorer in the league and receives consistent contributions from Adrienana Rossini (8g, 17a) and Sophie McGovern (9g, 14a) to comprise the best offense in the conference.
Emily Lambert has taken on the bulk of the action in net for the Cadets. The sophomore holds a .932 save percentage and a 1.53 GAA. Kate Winstalney (2GP, 0.50 GAA, .933 save %) and Alexa Berg (6 GP, 1.98 GAA, .883 save percentage) have also defended between the pipes for the defending national champs this season.
WE MEET AGAIN
Suffolk women's hockey was kept off the scoreboard by No. 4 Norwich Dec. 7 as the Cadets shutout the Rams, 5-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action at Kreitzberg Arena.
MORE READING: Women's Hockey Shutout at No. 4 Norwich, 5-0
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk, who meets Norwich for the second-time, looks for its first-ever win over the Cadets, who hold a 1-0-0 series lead over the Rams.
Suffolk concludes its regular season slate next weekend when it hosts New England College Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. and visits Plymouth State the next day, Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.