By Carlos Hernandez, Staff Writer
Image courtesy of Andris Visockis
As the second season of the Women’s Hockey team goes underway, the team prepares for a rigorous schedule including games against Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Michigan. So far this season, the lady Saints are currently 7-4-1, the tie being a result of overtime.against Ohio State back at the beginning of the season.
So far this season, Marlowe Pentecost leads the team in goals, having scored 17 over the course of the season. She also leads in points and ties for second in Power Play Goals. Leading the team in power play goals is Katelyn Graczyk with two. Leading in assists is Isabelle Piotrowski with a season total of 12. Kaitlyn Dailey and Kelly Adrian tie for most short hand goals and also tie for game-winning goals.
As for the goalies, Holly Ensley and Caitlin Miller have shared field time fairly equally. Ensley’s Goals Against Average is 4.06, while Miller’s is 3.49. They have both been involved with one shutout. Ensley has had 195 saves, giving her a .878 percent average, while Miller’s 138 counts for her .868 percentage.
For the most recent games, the Saints took on Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Michigan in Flint. First, in Chicago, the Saints won 9-2. The neverending stream of goals came from Piotrowski, sophomore Kelly LaBarge, Pentecost, Adrian, freshman Alessandra Sorenson, Graczyk, and Dailey. And that was just the Saturday portion. The following day, Aquinas upped the ante to 12-2. The goals in this game were made by Pentecost, Dailey, Adrian, Sophomore Sydney Johnson, and sophomore Maria Manko. Both the goalies in particular played a huge role in the two games, with Ensley blocking 20 goals on Saturday and Miller deflecting 21 the day after.
Their most recent game was against the University of Michigan- Flint on Sunday, November 20. The Saints prevailed 4-2. Each of the four goals were delivered by a different player each. One by Freshman Emilee Ryder, one by Pentecost, one by Graczyk, and one from Dailey. Miller blocked 22 goals on the Sunday game. According to the athletics website, this win marks a tie for longest undefeated streak, as well as a new team record for winning streak. As a team, Aquinas is currently ranked 10th in the West Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association rankings with 96 points. Their next game will be against Northern Michigan University on Saturday, December 3 here in Grand Rapids.