Utica’s Eliza Kelley scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the second period as the Pioneers handed the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon in Oswego. The Lakers controlled play in the final frame, but were unable to break through for the tying goal. The Pioneers improved to 10-11-2 overall and moved to fourth place in the ECAC West Standings at 6-8-2. Oswego State dropped to 7-12-1 on the season and remained in a tie for fifth place at 5-8-1.
Utica capitalized on an Oswego State turnover near the Pioneer bench where Meagan Sudik picked up the puck. She skated up the right side and got her shot past Laker goalie Emi Williams in the lower right side of the net at 15:54 in the first period. The score stayed at 1-0 heading into the first intermission.
Oswego State tied the game early in the second period as Lauren Gilpin took advantage of a scramble in front of the net at the 2:58 mark. Erica Shapey and Kristin Metzger got the assists on Gilpin's first of the year. However, Utica quickly regained the one-goal advantage less than a minute later when Eliza Kelley deflected MacKenzie Roy’s shot past Williams.
The Lakers applied heavy pressure to the Pioneer defense and goaltender Jill Doherty in the third period, but Utica withstood the test keeping Oswego State off of the board for the 2-1 win. Emi Williams registered 40 saves in the losing effort for the Lakers, while Jill Doherty tallied 21 saves for the Pioneers.
Oswego State will host non-conference Hamilton on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Arena. Wednesday’s contest will also be broadcasted live over the Internet at www.oswego.edu/athletics/live. Also, WNYO 88.9 FM will be broadcasting the game starting with Countdown to Faceoff at 6:30 pm followed by the puck drop at 7:00.
Provided by Oswego State Sports Information