NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior forward Steph Izzi had a natural hat-trick, scoring all three of her markers in the second period to lead the Connecticut College women's hockey team to a 9-1 victory against Salem State University at Dayton Arena Tuesday night.
The Camels improved their record to 2-5-1 with the win, while the Vikings fell to 3-9 with the setback.
First year forward Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) scored two goals for the Camels. Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) sandwiched a goal in between two assists in a three-point night for the victors. Sophomore Kate Kohl (Chelmsford, Mass.) chipped in with two assists.
Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) made nine saves in goal to earn the victory for the Camels, who out-shot the Vikings 43-to-10 while converting at a 60% clip on their power play (3-for-5).
Dara Clowser (Lansdale, Pa.) netted her second goal of the season to break the shutout with 11:58 remaining in regulation for the visiting Vikings.
Catherine Salvetti (Saugus, Mass.) dished out her fourth assist of the season for Salem.
Rookie net-minder Katherine Crane (Arlington, Mass.) turned aside 20 shots in 27:17 of action.
Senior goalie Jenn Toussaint (Reading, Mass.) made 14 saves in relief duty for the visitors.
Cross opened scoring with 6:17 remaining in the first period. Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) dished out her sixth assist of the season on the marker. Just 43 seconds into the middle period, junior blue-liner Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.) potted her third goal of the season that would prove to be the difference in the contest. Cross tacked on her second score of the night 4:04 later to make it a 3-1 game.
Izzi would score three of the next four goals, with Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) chipping in with her third and the Camels carried a 7-0 lead into the second intermission.
But give the Vikings credit. They continued to fight to the end and were able to capitalize on their first power play of the night, taking advantage of the extra woman advantage when Salvetti assisted Clowser for a goal from below the left circle 8:02 into the third.
Michel and Gualtieri closed out the victory for the Camels, scoring the final two goals of the night for the winning side.
The Vikings return home to the North Shore of Massachusetts to host Neumann University Saturday night for a 5:00 p.m. game at Rockett Ice Arena.
The Camels will host Trinity College Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. NESCAC game in New London.