By Tyler Browne
The Springfield College women’s hockey team defeated Smith College 11-6 in their first game since December 8th, improving to a record of 5-4-1. The game was played at the Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke Mass., rather than the Pride’s normal home of Smead Arena.
Although Nicole Sedler scored two early goals for the Pride, Smith tied it early in the second period.
“We definitely started out a little slow, the month off probably didn’t help us. Smith definitely brought it to us in the first period. We spent way too much time in our own end [in the first period],” said team manager Jamie Peck.
However, it wasn’t tied for long. Just one minute later, Rachael Curtis broke the tie, and Sedler scored her third goal five minutes after that.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve been together on the ice and it was our first game back since before break, so it was just really fun to get back out there with everyone,” said Sedler of the performance of her and her teammates.
Going into the third period, the Pride had a 7-4 lead. Sedler had scored four goals, while Curtis had two.
“It shows a lot of strength and courage of our team to be able to come back from a slow start and finish strong,” said Sedler.
Despite Smith scoring two more goals, the strong finish came in the third period, as the Pride scored four goals to put the game out of reach, including two more from Curtis. Abbi Conley and Christina D’ambro each scored a goal as well.
The Pride will return to action on Sunday, when they will take on Dartmouth College at 4:30 PM.
Photo courtesy of Jack Margaros