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Four Orange Score in Victory Against RIT

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Four Syracuse skaters tallied goals and goaltender Arielle DeSmet recorded 24 saves in a 4-1 win against RIT on Wednesday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Orange captain Lauren Bellefontaine recorded three points on a goal and two assists, increasing her career point total to 105, which ties for third on the Syracuse record list and ranks 30th in College Hockey America history.
 
“Tonight we were consistent with our effort, our attitude and our energy,” said head coach Britni Smith. “I thought we did a good job of continuing to find ways, whether it is blocked shots or our power play in the third period, to get what we needed to come out with a win.”
 
Syracuse (9-17-1 overall, 6-4 CHA) jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the game when junior Hannah Johnson tallied her fourth goal of the season. Freshman Rhea Hicks fed a pass to Bellefontaine in the right circle and then Bellefontaine hit Johnson with a pass in the left circle for the score. Johnson also recorded five blocked shots in the game.
 
In the second period, DeSmet recorded 14 of her 24 saves to keep the score 1-0 after 40 minutes. The Charlotte, Vt. native has 2,088 career saves, which ranks 14th in CHA history.
 
After RIT (4-22/1-8-1) tied the game three minutes into the third period, 1-1, the Orange scored three straight goals to close out the win. Bellefontaine scored the game-winner with 15:06 left in the game on assists from junior Tatum White and senior Mae Batherson. Bellefontaine has scored at least one point…

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