MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Freshman Drew Chernisky [Valley View, Ohio] recorded her first career hat trick Saturday night, scoring three goals in the second period as Salve Regina University women's ice hockey recorded a 6-1 victory over Plymouth State University in the regular season finale for both schools.
Freshman defenseman Kristen Aiello [Braintree, Mass.] scored her first collegiate goal for Salve with the only tally of the first period. Kendra Andrie [Muskegon, Mich.] assisted on the score and later on Chernisky's first goal of the night.
Plymouth State evened the score with a short-handed goal from freshman defenseman Molly Blaine [Concord, N.H.] just 47 seconds into the middle frame.
Salve Regina got the eventual game-winner from Chernisky on a power-play opportunity. Chernisky scored her second goal three seconds into another power play while Caitlin Campbell [Hingham, Mass.] and Molly Golden [Milton, Mass.] assisted on the tally. Campbell assisted on the next score 40 seconds later as Gabrielle Gardner [Farmington, Mich.] registered her 10th goal. The Seahawks' most productive period of the season continued with Chernisky's hat trick and finished with Campbell's 11th goal of the season, tying her with Gardner for the team lead in points (26).
Salve Regina (16-8-1; 12-8-0 ECAC Women's East) has its most wins in a single season while enjoying its best-ever winning percentage (.660). If Castleton State defeats UMass Boston on Sunday (5:30 p.m.), the Seahawks will have their first hosting opportunity in the ECAC playoffs next Saturday.
Seahawk netminder Lauren Barella [Lennon, Mich.] improved to 7-1-0 on the season while stopping 13 Panther shots. Plymouth State goalie Lindsey DeLorie [Holliston, Mass.] made 41 saves. DeLorie leads the nation in saves for the second straight year, finishing with 982 stops this season.
PSU completed its third varsity season with a 1-21-0 overall record and 1-18-0 mark in its second season in the ECAC East.
(Courtesy of Salve Regina Sports Information)
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