The William Smith College ice hockey is off to its best start in program history. The Herons are 10-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in United Collegiate Hockey Conference play. They enter the winter break on top of the conference standings. William Smith is one of two undefeated teams remaining in the nation.
Sophomore defender Emily Martino (Orange, Conn./Canterbury Prep) and sophomore forward Marykate Martino (Orange, Conn./Canterbury Prep) have played in all 10 games for the Herons this season. Emily is tied for the team lead with eight assists. She has 10 points on the season. Emily opened the season with two assists in each of William Smith’s wins over Salve Regina. In 36 career games, she has six goals, 18 assists and 24 points. Marykate has three assists this season. A defensive forward Marykate is a key piece in William Smith’s penalty-kill unit. She has six blocked shots this season. In 36 career games, Marykate has two goals 11 assists and 13 points.
The Herons are ranked among the nation’s best in scoring offense (2nd, 5.30 g/gm), scoring defense (3rd, 0.80 g/gm), penalty kill (5th, 95.6%) and power play (12th, 10.4%). William Smith was back in action December 29-30 when it took on Amherst in Amherst, Mass. With a win or a tie, the Herons will match their longest undefeated streak in program history.