MEQUON, Wis. – Freshman Francesca Principe scored a game-winning shorthanded goal late in the second period and junior goaltender Jennifer DeGeorge was again strong between the pipes as the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team began the 2014 portion of its schedule with a non-conference win over The College of Saint Benedict. The Falcons scored once in each period for the 3-1 win at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
The Falcons fell behind late in the first period on Friday night as CSB got a goal from Ally Nielsen at the 15:19 mark to take a 1-0 lead. The win marked the first time CUW has won this year when falling behind 1-0, as that was helped by quickly erasing the deficit on an unassisted goal from senior Maxine Blohowiak (Green Bay, Wis.). Blohowiak scored just 2:34 after the Blazers goal, which gave the senior her first score of the season.
The score would remain 1-1 until late in the third period when the Falcons got the shorthanded game winner from Principe (Lemont, Ill.). Junior Samantha Reiter (Stillwater, Minn.) made a great defensive play to poke the puck free to Principe who scored on a breakaway by beating the goaltender in the upper right corner.
CUW would tack on an insurance goal late in the third period as sophomore Chelsea Regan (Oakdale, Minn.) netted an unassisted power play goal with just 3:47 remaining in the contest. The Falcons finished the night 1-for-6 with an extra skater and were excellent in killing off all four of the Blazers power play opportunities.
DeGeorge (Waukesha, Wis.) was once again outstanding for the Falcons as she made 26 saves, including stopping all 22 shots she faced in the final 40 minutes of play. CUW was outshot by a slim margin, 27-25, but the edge in special teams and goaltending helped them secure their second straight victory.
The win was the sixth of the season for CUW, who improved their record to 6-4-0, tying the best start through 10 games in program history. The Falcons also started 6-4-0 in 2011-12, a season which they finished 7-15-3. The win also helped the Falcons surpass their win total from a season ago.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at the Ozaukee Ice Center. Puck is set to drop at 2 p.m. and live video and stats will be available courtesy of CUWFalcons.com.