Oswego State Women’s Hocket Falls To No. 1 RIT

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Top-ranked RIT (18-1-1, 11-1-1 ECAC West) notched three power-play goals in a 4-0 win over the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team (9-9-2, 8-5-2 ECAC West) on Pink at the Rink night Friday at the Campus Center Ice Arena.  Kolbee McCrea posted two goals, while Kourtney Kunichika finished with a goal and two assists. Both teams square off Saturday at 3 p.m. on Senior Day for the Lakers.

Oswego State controlled play in the opening minutes before the Tigers tilted the rink in their favor. RIT got on the scoreboard courtesy of a tic-tac-toe play started at the point by Kourtney Kunichika, who moved the puck down to Kristina Moss. Moss then found Kolbee McCrea in the slot for the one-timer that went through Catherine Cote’s (So., Val D’Or, Que.) legs at 10:21 in the first period 25 seconds into an Oswego State interference penalty.

McCrea tallied her second goal of the game at 18:17 on a breakaway after Ariane Yokoyama chipped a pass from along the left boards in front of the Laker bench into neutral territory to McCrea, who got behind the defense. Kunichika was also credited with an assist on the play that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Oswego State applied pressure in the opening stages of the second period, but the Lakers could not get pucks through the defense to test RIT goalie Laura Chamberlain. Each squad had opportunities midway through the frame due to defensive miscues during clearing attempts, but neither was able to put goals on the scoreboard until the Tigers scored less than a minute into an Oswego State slashing penalty. Erin Zach slid a pass through the crease to Lindsay Grigg, who was waiting at the far post for the easy tap-in goal.

Trailing 3-0, the Lakers had two quick power-play chances early in the frame with Jillian Bergeron (Sr., Brockville, Ont.) clanging a shot off the right post, but did not score.  RIT added its fourth goal in the final minute when Kunichika banged home the puck to light the lamp for her 12th marker of the season with the assist going to Yokoyama.

Cote ended the game with 29 saves, while Chamberlain posted fourth shutout of the year after registering 15 stops.

Over the course of the evening, Oswego State raised nearly $1,000 for the American Cancer Society through donations and bidding on a pink ice hockey jersey.