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Women...s Hockey Takes First Win Of Season, Beating Salve Regina

By Mindy Bauer

Barbara L. Peng ’07 scored two goals, including one short-handed, to lead the MIT women’s hockey team to a 5–2 win over Salve Regina University (3-11-0) on Saturday. With their first victory of the season, the Engineers improved to 1–11–0 overall and 1–8–0 in conference play.

The opening period was a defensive battle, with both sides struggling to score. MIT eventually broke through when Peng connected on a pass from Rachel A. Longley ’08 at 18:59. Less than a minute later, Salve Regina answered with its own first goal.

The Engineers took the lead for a good 35 seconds into the second period when Catherine G. Harding ’09 found Mary P. Harding ’07 for a power-play score. Harding and Sara E. John ’09 then set up Amanda P. Hunter ’07 to make the game 3-1 at the 7:54 mark. Just over a minute later, Aimee Provencher scored a goal for the Seahawks.

Coming out of the second intermission, MIT capitalized on a two-player advantage as John scored a power play goal to make the score 4–2.

Toward the end of the game, Peng broke up a pass and skated end-to-end for an unassisted short-handed goal with 2:15 left.

Sally W. Simpson ’09 earned the first win of her career while collecting 20 saves, and Michelle Chabot made 44 stops for Salve Regina.

On Friday, the Engineers lost 11-1 in an ECAC East game against nationally-ranked No. 4 Manhattanville College, which extended the Valiants’ win streak to 16.

On the only positive note of that game, MIT’s goal was the Engineers’ first against the Valiants since the 2002–03 season and only the second in a series that dates back to the 2000–01 campaign.

Amanda Nonis of Manhattanville led all scorers with five points on a hat-trick and two assists. Nonis put Manhattanville (17–2–0, 14–1–0 ECAC East) on the board 3:55 into the opening frame by connecting on a pass from Jamie Longo.

Nearly three minutes later, Nonis and Michelle Witz collaborated to set up Longo for what became the game-winning goal during a power play.

MIT Goalie Shauna Moran collected a career-high 50 saves for the Engineers against the relentless Manhattanville attack.