FOX CHAPEL, Pa. — The Pitt women’s hockey team hosted the Mercyhurst Lakers Sunday in a game that was to honor late Pitt student, Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet tragically lost her life last fall in a domestic violence incident near her home in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. She was a very close friend of the team and roommate to one of the players. Half of all proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise sales, and 50/50 raffle ticket sales went to help Alina’s family host an annual walk in her honor.
— Becca Kubiczki (@becccakubiczki) February 1, 2018
The players from both teams used purple tape on their sticks for domestic violence awareness and both teams mixed along the red line at center ice for a moment of silence before the game.
Thanks to all that came out to our game today in honor of Alina. With your support we raised awareness for victims of domestic violence and collected over $550 for the Sheykhet’s. We appreciate your continued support for Alina’s family and all of those affected by domestic abuse
— Pitt Women's Hockey (@PittWCIH) February 5, 2018
Here are Ed Major’s photos from the game, which ended in a Mercyhurst victory, 2-0. The Lakers scored with less than a minute to go in the second period to open the scoring at 1-0, then again less than a minute into the third for the 2-0 lead.
MAJOR FOCUS: Pitt falls to Mercyhurst, 2-0