Women's hockey stops Saint Michael's, 4-3

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 31, 2010
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Stephanie Scarpato

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Andrea Schweitzer earned her first collegiate victory in goal, Marissa Simmons had the game-winning goal, and Stephanie Scarpato collected her 50th career assist as the Colby College women's hockey team posted a 4-3 win over the host school in the sixth annual Saint Michael's Holiday Classic on Friday at Cairns Arena.

The Mules (3-6) will take on Saint Catherine (Minn.) University at 7 p.m. Saturday in their second game of the tourney, while Saint Michael's (2-9-1) meets Saint Catherine on Sunday. The Purple Knights are the defending tournament champions.

Simmons had a shorthanded goal off an assist from Scarpato at 7:38 of the second period for the final goal of the game. Scarpato now has 51 career assists and 88 career points in 81 games with the Mules.

Samantha Slotnick notched her second goal of the season off Scarpato's 50th career assist at 7:15 of the first period for the first goal of the game. However, the Purple Knights' Madelena Santore tallied just one minute later to knot the game at 1-1.

Scarpato made it a three-point game for herself with a goal at 12:13 off a pass from Sylvia Xistris, who split the defense and dumped a no-look pass back to Scarpato for the blast and goal.

Saint Michael's tied the game at 2-2 after one period when Macey Thomas scored on the power play with just 11 seconds left in the period.

Alex Essman added a power play goal of her own for Colby at 3:04 of the second period off an assist from Meghan Tedoldi to give the Mules a 3-2 lead. The Purple Knights, though, tied the game for a third time on Santore's second goal of the game on the power play.

Schweitzer played for the first time this season and stopped 21 shots in the victory. Erin Stevens kept Saint Michael's in the game with 38 saves.

Colby 4, Saint Michael's 3

Colby                           2#2#0----4

Saint Michael's             2#1#0----3

1st period

C: Samantha Slotnick (Stephanie Scarpato), 7:15

S: Madelena Santore (Kiera Nelligan), 8:15

C: Stephanie Scarpato (Sylvia Xistris), 12:13

S: Macey Thomas (Allison Graf), 19:49, PP

2nd period

C: Alex Essman (Meghan Tedoldi), 3:04, PP

S: Madelena Santore (Kelly McDonald, Emily Paquin), 5:32, PP

C: Marissa Simmons (Stephanie Scarpato), 7:38, SH

Shots: Colby 42, Saint Michael's 24. Goalies: Andrea Schweitzer (Colby, 59:57, 3 GA, 21 saves); Erin Stevens (Saint Michael's, 59:16, 4 GA, 38 saves).

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