PITTSBURGH, PA.—Chatham University (2-17, 1-13 ECAC West) and the flu teamed up to defeat the the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (8-12-2, 4-8-1) 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Bears had six player out of the lineup including both goaltenders. Katrina Hawkins posted a hat trick to lead the Cougars, while junior assistant captain Jenn Crawford scored both of the Bears' goals. Freshman defenseman Heather Silcott was forced to make an emergency start in goal for Potsdam.
Hawkins opened the scoring at the 11:36 mark of the first period. Potsdam picked up the play after the goal and Crawford tied the score just over four minutes later. Sophomore forward Emilee Hazelden assisted on the goal. Hawkins answered just 2:03 later, giving Chatham the lead for good. The score remained 2-1 after one period, with Potsdam holding a 10-7 shot advantage.
At the 7:02 mark of the second period, Casey Morfeld made it 3-1 Cougars and Hawkins netted her third tally of the game on the power play almost 11 minutes later. Again the Bears outshot Chatham 8-5 in the second period, but were unable to close the gap.
Potsdam pulled out all the stops in the final 20 minutes, dominating the play and outshooting the Cougars 17-1. However, Chatham goalie Megan Buchanan stood on her head, turning aside all but one shot. Crawford scored a power-play goal at the 7:45 mark to close the scoring at 4-2. Potsdam continued to pelt Buchanan with pucks for the rest of the game and even pulled Silcott for an extra attacker with two minutes remaining, but couldn't get any closer.
Silcott finished with nine saves, while Buchanan earned her second win of the season with 33 stops. Potsdam was 1-4 on the power play and Chatham was 1-5.
The Bears return home to face No. 1 Plattsburgh next Sunday at 2 p.m.