Ice Hockey Swept Aside By Vermont Despite Clemons’ Shorthanded Goal

Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 at 8:59 am by Sports Editor

By Chilekasi Adele | @CAdeleTV


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CitrusTV) – After a low-scoring tie on Friday night, Paul Flanagan’s team only managed to find the back of the net once Saturday.


Syracuse (5-7-3, 4-2-0 College Hockey America) fell to Vermont (7-6-2, 4-3-1 Hockey East), 5-1. The first period was mostly scoreless — until UVM’s Kristina Shanahan scored with 1:27 left in the opening period. 


Vermont Senior Theresa Schafzahl would tack on another goal coming out of the penalty box on a breakaway. The Austrian forward was called for a hook. Schafzahl was assisted by Lily Holmes and Natalie Mlynkova.


It continued to be almost all UVM the rest of the game. Lily Humphrey — who had an assist on the goal by Schafzahl — scored a little over nine minutes after her teammate to make it 3-0 Catamounts in the second period. 


SU’s Rayla Clemons put home a shorthanded goal with just over 30 seconds left in the second period. The Sophomore’s only other goal this season came on a penalty shot on November 6th against RIT. UVM would answer right back — with Corrine McCool evening the score during the man-advantage. 


In the third, Evelyne Blais-Savoie finished the scoring for Vermont — scoring with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game. 


SU Goaltender Allison Small had a rough night in the net. The Graduate Student made 15 saves and gave up five goals. Both teams made goaltender changes after Friday’s stellar performances from Syracuse’s Arielle DeSmet and Vermont’s Blanka Škodová. The Catamounts put Sophomore Jessie McPherson between the pipes Saturday. The Chatham, Ontario native only allowed one goal — making 28 saves. 


The Orange finish their November slate of games with a 3-2-1 record in six games this month. SU has four games in December starting Friday — all of them at home. They welcome Mercyhurst for two games next weekend, followed by Princeton on Dec. 10 and 11.