Women’s ice hockey falls on final home series of 2019

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James Tananan Kamnuedkhun

The Lions played Syracuse on Dec. 9 at Centene Community Ice Center. The Lions lost 1-13.

Merlina San Nicolás Leyva, Sports Editor

The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team fell to Syracuse University on Friday 0-7, and Saturday 1-13, for the last home series of the fall season at Centene Community Ice Center.

Syracuse took an early lead with one goal only 1 minute and 20 seconds into the first period. The Lions kept trying to score, posting four shots before the Orange put three goals on the scoreboard to take a 4-0 lead.

During the second period, Syracuse kept the momentum going, posting two goals for a 2-0 lead and 6-0 overall. The Lions failed to keep the puck close to the net, allowing Syracuse to solidify its lead. The Orange scored the final goal in the third period in the 8th minute for a final score of 7-0.

With the Lions’ two goalies out due to injuries, senior forward Cierra Paisley stepped up as a goalie and made 31 saves for the match. Lauren Dabrowski had one shot and eight blocks and Jada Burke had nine faceoffs won and two blocks.

On Saturday, the Lions posted seven shots before The Orange scored their first goal of the period in the 11th minute. Only two minutes later, Syracuse posted another goal for a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. During the second period, the Lions struggled to battle Syracuse as they put seven goals in the scoreboard behind two power-play goals and one short-handed goal.

Syracuse posted four more goals in the third period, but Lion Madison Stitt scored her third goal of the season. Meara Ryan posted her third assist of the season. Megan Wagner posted her third assist as well.

Freshman forward Madilynn Hickey acted as a goalie on Saturday, making 32 saves.

With this weekend series, the Lions close their home matches of the Fall season and will travel to Minnesota to face Minnesota – Mankato for a two-game series starting on Saturday, Dec. 14.