MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Athletic Department began a new era on Saturday afternoon as the Women's Ice Hockey team made their debut in an exhibition contest. The Mustangs battled to a hard fought 1-0 win over the visiting Hamilton Hawks, a club team out of Canada.
The Mustangs and the Hawks skated through a scoreless first period as both teams tried to feel each other out. Bailey Dillabough (Massena, N.Y.) netted the first goal in program history when she caught the Hamilton goalie out of position and drove the puck into the back of the empty net.
The Hawks desperately tried to get themselves on the board and had three power play chances throughout the second and third periods. However, Morrisville ran their penalty kill to perfection, denying the Hawks a goal each time.
Renee Schmaltz (Beaumont, Alberta) was perfect in the net for the Mustangs, recording 17 saves in as many opportunities.
The Mustangs will open their regular and conference season on the road at Salem State on November 6 at 7 PM. Not only does the game mark the official beginning of the Morrisville program, but also one of the inaugural games of the newly established Colonial Hockey Conference.
The Mustangs will return home on Friday, November 20 against Daniel Webster. The first faceoff is scheduled for 7 PM.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.