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GCU Women’s Ice Hockey Defeats Air Force in Home Opener

Women's hockey vs. Air Force
November 6, 2021

Summers earns program’s first hat trick

By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff

Home sweet home.

Grand Canyon University Women’s Ice Hockey took on Air Force Academy at AZ Ice Arcadia, the Lopes’ home ice arena, and secured an impressive shutout victory Saturday afternoon. If the 14-0 final score wasn’t already enough to celebrate, the squad also dominated in nearly every statistical category, and even logged the program’s first-ever hat trick.

“Our puck possession was amazing,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Natalie Rossi. “We controlled the puck for over 18 minutes each period. That showed that we continued to play our game – even in a situation where we could have been complacent.”

In addition to controlling the puck for most of the game, the Lopes also tallied up 113 total shots on goal, while limiting Air Force to only 3 shots on goal.

The Lopes came out firing and went up 4-0 in just the first five minutes of the game. GCU scored one more time to close out Period 1 when Lopes’ freshman Willow Troy recorded her first collegiate goal in the final minutes of the period.

The second period began the same way as the Lopes immediately took control with two goals early on. The next two goals of the period really gave GCU something to be happy about as Lopes’ sophomore Micah Summer scored both goals within 14 seconds of each other. Summer’s back-to-back goals combined with a goal she claimed in period 1 resulted in the program’s first ever hat trick.

“We kept our heads up and communicated well, which really opens up the ice and allows us to make those plays,” said Summer. “The energy was electric. Everyone was so excited.”

The third and final period put the Lopes’ talents on display one last time, racking up another five goals (on a whopping 46 shots on goal) to lock in the victory.

It is an honor anytime the Lopes put on a GCU jersey to compete, but there is something even more special about playing for a home crowd.

“Whenever we play at home, we talk a lot about taking pride in our building and in our name,” said Rossi. “We want to make sure that we set that example for our youth players here in Arizona.”

After finally tasting the home-ice advantage, the Lopes now head to St. Louis, Missouri for the next four games. First up is Lindenwood University on Nov. 12 at 8:30 pm Arizona time.

Call to action: Check out the rest of the GCU Women’s Hockey schedule on the team page here!