Zitek's Huge First Period Lead Valiants To Win

Senior nets hat trick and assist all in first period to pace 8-2 win

Nov. 17, 2008

Courtesy of Manhattanville

RYE, N.Y. – Senior assistant captain Natalie Zitek (Charleston, W.Va.) recorded the first hat trick of her collegiate career and added an assist all in the first period as the Manhattanville women’s hockey team cruised to an 8-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts-Boston in ECAC East Conference action on Saturday night at Playland Ice Casino.


Zitek matched her career-high with four points on the night, as the team’s “Green Line” of Zitek, junior Alex Findlay (Collingwood, Ontario) and junior Monique Rafferty (Clifton Park, N.Y.) combined for four goals and seven assists in the first 20 minutes of play alone. Rafferty also recorded a career-high four points with a goal and three assists, while Findlay set a new career best with three helpers.


Zitek and the Valiants wasted no time getting on the board early, needing only a combined 14 seconds on the power play to score twice. On both occasions, Zitek won face offs in the offensive zone and deflected shots past UMass Boston goaltender Aly Garnett, with the first coming five seconds into a man advantage and the second finding the net a mere nine seconds into the power play.


Zitek would complete her natural hat trick before 10 minutes had passed, as she combined with Rafferty yet again for an even-strength tally at 9:55. Rafferty got herself involved in the scoring soon after by notching her second goal of the year at 12:09 while the Valiants skated 4-on-3.


At the end of the first period, UMass Boston actually held a 15-9 advantage in shots on goal, but four of Manhattanville’s nine attempts found the net while senior netminder Karine Turmel (Ste-Marguerite, Quebec) turned away all 15 Beacon opportunities.


Manhattanville continued the attack in the second period, as senior Jena Danzig (Spokane, Wash.) scored on another 4-on-3 2:42 into the frame to give the Valiants a 5-0 lead. After Danzig’s tally, the Valiants’ power-play had been successful on four of the first five power-play chances on the night, although the team would finish the evening 4-for-9 with the man advantage.


Sophomores Shannon Coffey (Malden, Mass.) and Holly Nonis (Brampton, Ontario) added even-strength goals to increase the Valiant advantage after UMass Boston got on the board late in the second period. Freshman Michele Wieczorek (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) capped the scoring at 9:16 of the third period on a shorthanded breakaway, taking the puck away at the blue line and lifting the puck over the shoulder of Leah Hallett.


Turmel made a season-high 25 saves to earn her second win of the year for Manhattanville, which was out-shot by a 26-24 margin on the night. For UMass Boston, Garnett took the loss by giving up three goals on six shots before ceding the net to Hallett, who gave up five goals on 18 attempts.


Manhattanville (2-1-0, 2-1-0 ECAC East) will return to action next weekend, when the Valiants welcome conference foe Saint Michael’s College to Playland Ice Casino for a 3 p.m. matchup on November 22. UMass Boston (2-1-0, 2-1-0 ECAC East) takes on the College of the Holy Cross tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

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