Power Play Leads Foresters to Victory in Home Opener

Photo by Kyra Vidas
Photo by Kyra Vidas

Sophomore forward Amy Budde scored two goals and added an assist Tuesday night in the Lake Forest College women's hockey team's 4-3 triumph over visiting Marian University. It was the Foresters' first home game of the season.

It was the second career two-goal game for Budde, who also lit the lamp twice at Marian last November. She started the scoring on Tuesday with a power play goal at the 3:40 mark of the second period and added another power play score at 11:18. In both cases she received a pass from freshman forward Sydney Simone near the right side of the goal, turned, and fired the puck past the Marian goaltender. Freshman defenseman Amanda Boisjolie passed the puck to Simone on the first goal and junior defenseman Kayla Griffith on the second.

Marian answered with 2:14 remaining in the second period and tied the score just 15 seconds into the third.

Lake Forest regained the lead on another power play goal by Simone at the 3:57 mark. Her second score this season was assisted by Budde and junior defenseman Caroline Campbell.

After the Sabres came back and tied the game again at 6:41, the Foresters finally took the lead for good with a fourth power play goal at 15:47. Junior forward Olivia Spellmire scored it and she was assisted by junior forward Amanda Brunges and freshman defenseman Julia Unterseher. It was the third goal of the year and fourth career game-winner for Spellmire.

The Foresters' four power play goals tied a program record originally set against Chatham College in the 2005-06 season opener and matched three other times before Tuesday.

Lake Forest doubled Marian's shots on goal total 36-18 in the contest. Forester junior goaltender Jacqueline Audet made 15 saves, including seven in each of the final two periods, to earn the victory and improve to 3-0-0 on the season.

The Foresters are now 4-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play this year. Marian fell to 1-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the league.

Lake Forest, which was ranked eighth in the nation in Monday's USCHO.com poll, will continue NCHA play in both parts of Michigan this weekend. The team will travel to Finlandia University for a 7:00 p.m. (EST) game on Friday before heading to Adrian College to face off against the nation's fourth-ranked team Sunday afternoon at 4:00 (EST).