MALBOROUGH, Mass.- Freshman Rachel Pitcher (Grand Isle, VT) notched a goal and an assist while Hawks' goaltender Madison Rigsby (O'Fallon, Mo.) made 35 saves en route to a 2-0 victory over SUNY Canton in women's ice hockey Colonial Hockey Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the New England Sports Center.
Rigsby's 35 stop performance backboned the Hawks to their first shutout in program history. With the win the Hawks improve to 3-17 overall and 3-7 in conference play. The Kangaroos dip to 5-15-1 (5-4-1 CHC) overall.
The Hawks had the lone goal in the first period, despite being outshot 9-4 in the frame. After solid play and hard work by the defense to keep the play in the offensive zone, Gina Beth Manganiello (Peabody, Mass.) collected a loose puck in the crease and found the open net for her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Classmates Pitcher and Claudia Gee (Randolph, VT) each picked up helpers on the goal.
Becker once again displayed grit and determination in the second period scoring a short-handed tally to double the lead. Down a skater, Hawks' Pitcher picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated down the right wing and blasted a wrist shot top shelf to stun the Canton netminder with 3:57 to play in the stanza. Canton held a 13-7 edge in shots on goal, however solid goaltending by Rigsby held the Roos' scoreless through forty minutes.