SATURDAY, FEB. 8 // 6:00 PM
SATURDAY, FEB. 9 // 2:00 PM
BOSTON – The first regular-season of Suffolk women's hockey comes to a close this weekend as the Rams entertain New England College and stop by Plymouth State. The Rams first welcome the Pilgrims to Louis E. Porrazzo Memorial Skating Rink Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., before making the trip to the Panthers the next day, Saturday, Feb. 9 for a 2 p.m. showdown.
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Prior to puck drop Friday, Feb. 8, the Rams will honor the accomplishments of its first-ever senior class comprised of standout forward Tess Adams. The Calgary, Alberta native began her collegiate career at SUNY Canton prior to bringing her talents – including 79 career points - to Boston this season. Fifteen games in blue-and-gold she cemented her spot in the Rams' record book as the first-ever skater to eclipse the 100-point mark. A standard on Suffolk's first line, Adams has helped the Rams to their current second-place position in the NEHC as she sits atop the team and second in the conference in both points (28) and goals (15).
LAST TIME OUT
ON a night Suffolk women's hockey was playing for Autism Awareness, the then-No.8/5 Norwich Cadets held the Rams off the scoreboard to down the blue-and-gold 4-0 in NEHC action at Louis E. Porrazzo Memorial Skating Rink.
Suffolk picked up one point last weekend to remain in second-place in the NEHC with 20 points on an 9-3-2 league ledger. Overall, Suffolk is 14-7-2 on the year.
Tess Adams and Shana Cote have provided a one-two punch to the Rams' offense all year long. The senior and rookie combine for 35.9 percent (23-64) of the blue-and-gold' 64 goals, 36.3 percent (28-77) of the team's assists and 36.2 percent of the overall points (51-141. Adams holds the team's top numbers in points (28) and goals (15) and is second to Cote in assists with 15. Cote, meanwhile, sits atop the squad in handouts 15 and is second in goals (8) and points (23).
Kristen Caporusso has started all, but two games in net and has played in every game except one outing. The sophomore goaltender brings in a 14-5-2 record behind a .931 save percentage and a 1.68 GAA.
New England is on a three-game skid including a 6-1 setback to Castleton Monday that put the Pilgrims at 3-19-1 on the year and 2-11-1 in league action.
Cortney Reyes is the only skater on NEC in double figures with 10 behind four goals and six handouts. Vicki Shaw is right on the rookie's heels with nine points with six helpers and three goals to her credit. Tara Turcotte completes the top three threats for the Pilgrims' offense with three markers and four set-ups for seven points.
Cianna Weir has played 19 games in goal this season. The freshman goaltender brings in a .929 save percentage and a .313 GAA. Ashley Castriotta, meanwhile, has backstopped the Pilgrims to two of their three victories. She carries a .346 GAA and a .886 save percentage into the weekend.
WE MEET AGAIN
Three different Rams scored and standup netminding from Kristen Caporusso led Suffolk women's hockey to a 3-0 victory over New England College Jan. 26 at Lee Celemente Arena.
MORE READING: Women's Hockey Blanks New England College, 3-0
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk shutout New England College, 3-0, in the foe's first-ever meeting Jan. 26, 2019 to grab an early 1-0-0 series lead over the Pilgrims.
Plymouth State saw its three-game win streak snapped Tuesday night as the Panthers were shutout by Southern Maine, 2-0, to dip to 6-14-3 on the year and 4-7-3 versus conference competition. Prior to hosting Suffolk Saturday, PSU will head to Salem State Friday, Feb. 8.
The pair of Brooke Maggy and Amber Thomas anchors the Panthers offense this season as the only skaters with double digit points. Maggy's stat line is split in half between goals and assists with seven each for a team-high 14 points. Thomas, meanwhile, boasts 12 points behind five strikes and seven handouts.
Emelie Lindqvist has taken on the bulk of the action in net. The senior goaltender enters the weekend with a 5-7-1 ledger with a .941 save percentage and a 2.04 GAA. Gabbie Igo (.845 save %, 6.09 GAA) and Alex Rajsigl (.872 save %, 3.46 GAA) have also defended between the pipes for the Panthers this season.
WE MEET AGAIN
Suffolk women's hockey used a pair of goals within a 4:09 span early in the third period to break open a 1-all tie and defeat Plymouth State, 3-1, in New England Hockey Conference action Nov. 30 at Louis E. Porrazzo Memorial Rink.
MORE READING: Women's Hockey Downs Plymouth State, 3-1
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk went up 1-0-0 in the all-time series with Plymouth State after defeating the Panthers 3-1 Nov. 30 in Eastie.
WHAT'S TO COME?
Suffolk awaits the official seeding of the 2019 NEHC Tournament, which will be released Sunday, Feb. 10.