Piacentini stays hot as Orange ties, beats Robert Morris in two weekend contests

first_imgComing off an impressive 3-0 win against St. Lawrence on Tuesday night, Syracuse (16-11-3, 7-6-3 College Hockey America) traveled to Moon Township, Penn., to visit No. 9 Robert Morris (21-6-3, 10-4-2) for two games this weekend. The Orange drew the Colonials 3-3 on Friday night, before coming away with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.In Friday’s game, the hosts struck first with less than three minutes remaining in the first period on a power-play goal from Katie Fergus. The Colonials quickly added another just a minute later when Brittany Howard found the back of the net, extending the lead to 2-0. But, as she’s done throughout the second half of the season, sophomore forward Melissa Piacentini came up big for Syracuse, scoring two early second-period goals. The goals were both assisted by Margot Scharfe and Allie LaCombe, to even the game at 2-2.With the first goal, Piacentini extended her program-record point streak to 10 games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoward was able to score another goal, this time on a power play, to put Robert Morris back up 3-2 with just under eight minutes remaining in the second period. Heading into the third period down a goal, the Orange was rescued by Brittney Krebs, who scored her third goal of the season to even the game with less than nine minutes remaining. The goal was assisted once again by Scharfe and LaCombe, who both finished with three assists on the night.The final eight minutes and overtime went without a goal, resulting in the game ending in a 3-3 tie.On Saturday, Syracuse dominated the game, kicking off the scoring under 30 seconds in when freshman forward Jessica Sibley scored her 10th goal of the year to put Syracuse up 1-0.The next goal for the Orange came six minutes into the second period when junior forward Julie Knerr extended the visitor’s lead to 2-0 for her fifth tally of the year.Knerr didn’t have to wait long for her sixth, as she scored again 10 minutes later to widen the gap even further, giving the Orange a comfortable three-goal lead heading into the final period.Thea Imbrogno scored on a power play early in the third period to salvage one for Robert Morris, but that was the extent of its scoring, as the game ended 3-1 in favor of Syracuse.Sibley and senior defenseman Akane Hosoyamada both added two assists and senior goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater matched her season-high with 37 saves in the victory.Next up for the Orange are two games against Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., next Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.compiled by Matt Schneidman, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 10, 2014 at 1:31 amlast_img

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