MARLBORO, Mass. --- The Becker College women's ice hockey team lost 6-1 to visiting Morrisville State University on Friday night at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro.
The Ice Hawks of Becker (7-10-2, 1-6 CHC) tied the game in the fifth minute of the first period, as sophomore forward Bailey Coons (Casper, Wyo. / Team Wyoming) made a wrist shot into the top right corner, assisted by sophomore forward Claudia Gee (Randolph, Vt. / Vermont Shamrocks) and sophomore forward Sarah McSweeney (Chandler, Ariz. / Walpole Express). It was the last time the score would be tied up.
The Mustangs of Morrisville State (15-2-1, 5-0 CHC) scored the first goal of the game in the third minute, when freshman forward Vanessa Klimpke (Winnipeg, Manitoba / Northern Stars) took a pass from fellow freshman forward Renee Stevenson (Winnipeg, Manitoba / Northern Stars) at the right post to put the visitors up 1-0. Sophomore forward Stephanie Strymecki (Kelowna, British Columbia / Thompson Okanagan Lakers) put the Mustangs back up in the eleventh minute, assisted by senior forward Kanekaroroks McComber (Kahnawake, Quebec / Norwich University) and sophomore defender Kimberly Hughes (Lloydminster, Alberta / PWM Steelers). Stevenson made it 3-1 with 2:08 left in the period, rebounded a loose puck in front of the net. Finally, with 28 seconds remaining in the opening period, freshman forward Kylie Cameron (Burlington, Ontario / North Halton Twisters) took a centering pass and put it over the goalie's shoulder for a 4-1 advantage.
In the late second period, Morrisville State added two more goals, with freshman defender Taylor Finnie (Kamloops, British Columbia / Pacific Steelers) scoring at 17:44 and McComber finding the back of the net at 18:45, for the final score of 6-1.
Becker sophomore goaltender Julia Johnson (Littleton, Colo. / Walpole Express) finished with 49 saves, her second-highest career total, while Morrisville State sophomore goalie Renee Schmaltz (Beaumont, Alberta / Thorsby Thunder) picked up the win after stopping nine pucks. The Mustangs outshot the Ice Hawks, 56-10.
Becker and Morrisville State are both back on the ice on Saturday at 5:40 p.m., when they will face each other in the second game of their two-game series.
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