Ice Hockey: Cougars fall to Pioneers 4-3

On Saturday, January 18, the Chatham University Cougars fell to the Utica College Pioneers 4-3. The game was played in the McKnight Hockey Center at Shadyside Academy in Fox Chapel, PA.

Seven minutes and 48 seconds into the game, first year Brianna Rice got the Cougars on the board first with a powerplay goal assisted by sophomores Katrina Hawkins and Erika Bronk. The Pioneers’ Gabrielle Schnepp answered the goal and tied the game with six minutes and 15 seconds left in the first period. Schnepp was assisted by Morgan Reed and Nicole Kieffer.

Schnepp began the scoring play for the second period with a goal at 8:10 assisted by Megan Meyers and Nicole Kieffer. The Cougars’ Erika Bronk responded with an unassisted goal at 12:51. Within two minutes, the Cougars scored yet again, this time by Freshman Brianna Rice, assisted by Erika Bronk and Katrina Hawkins.

The Cougars went into the third period with a 3-2 lead over the Pioneers. After over ten minutes of scoreless play, Utica’s Vanessa Maines scored assisted by Janessa Haasbeek. Less than three minutes later, Utica took the lead with an unassisted goal by Megan Myers with 6:59 left in the game.

Chatham University trailed the Pioneers in shots, 32-12. Junior Megan Buchanan blocked 28 shots over the course of the game. The Cougar’s top shooters were Kaitlyn Perrins, with four shots, and Erika Bronk with three.