MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – The Chatham Cougars used a three goal second period to power past the Becker Hawks 5-1 in non-conference women's ice hockey action on Saturday evening at the New England Sports Center. The Cougars picked up their first win of the season and move to 1-4, while the Ice Hawks dip to 1-6 overall.
The teams skated to a scoreless first period with Chatham holding a slight 6-3 shots advantage. Cougars' junior McKenzie Haskins had the best scoring opportunity of the first frame when she broke in alone from center ice on Hawks netminder Julia Johnson (Littleton, Colo.). Johnson would make the nice pad save to keep the game tied heading into intermission.
Chatham broke the scoring drought with a trio of goals in the second period including a pair of tallies just 50 seconds apart. Sophomore Marrissa Janiga posted the first goal with a wrist shot from the left circle off a pass from Jillian Rowland then Erika Martin picked up a loose rebound for the 2-0 advantage. Cassidey Colhoun made it a 3-0 game with a redirect off the stick of Rowland from the blue line with 2:52 to play in the frame.
Chatham would make it 4-0 early in the third period but the Hawks would break-up the shutout just ten seconds later. Freshman Emily Dennee (Chandler, Ariz) threaded a pass to Bailey Coons (Casper, Wyo.) who tipped the twine past the Chatham goaltender for her second goal of the season just 1:26 into the period. The Cougars would add a late goal for the 5-1 final.
The teams will face each other again tomorrow afternoon at the NE Sports Center, puck drop is slated for 12:30 p.m.