MARLBOROUGH, Mass. --- Freshman Linnea Jonsson buried a penalty shot late in the second period to propel the Gulls of Endicott College past the Becker College Hawks 2-0 in women's ice hockey action at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts on Saturday evening. Endicott is now a perfect 6-0 for the season, with a 4-0 record in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC). The Ice Hawks of Becker dropped to 0-5 and 0-4 in the conference standings.
After a scoreless first period, the Gulls stepped up their game in the second stanza outshooting the Hawks 13-2. The Hawks defense played well killing off three straight man advantages for Endicott with BC netminder Madison Rigsby (O'Fallon, Mo.) making several key saves. However, with Gulls' forward Allison Young in the box for a hold, Jonsson intercepted a Hawks' pass to break in alone but before Jonsson could get a clean shot off, Hawks' freshman Emily Dennee (Chandler, Ariz.) would pull down the speedy forward from behind for the penalty shot call. With 1:35 remaining in the period Endicott would take the 1-0 lead.
The Gulls would quickly double the lead early in the third period. Just 23 second into the final frame freshman Courtney Walpole fed a streaking Caroline Hughes down the left wing for the outlet pass into the Hawks zone. Hughes would put the backhand past the sprawling Rigsby for the 2-0 final.
Bailey Coons (Casper, Wyo.) led the Hawks offense with three shots on goal, while Rachel Pitcher (Grand Isle, Vt.) and Gina Beth Manganiello (Peabody, Mass.) chipped in with two apiece.
Endicott outshot Becker 34-12. Endicott goaltender Vendela Jonsson pitched her fourth shut-out of the season and has yet to let up a goal in the 2015 campaign, while Rigsby produced a strong effort with 32 stops.
The Ice Hawks are back in action on Friday as they travel Johnson & Wales (RI) for a 6:05 p.m. game. Endicott hosts Stevenson on the same night at 7:00p.m.