Junior goaltender Emi Williams (Anchorage, Alaska) and the Oswego State womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ice hockey team gave fourth-ranked RIT everything it could handle, but came up short in a 2-0 loss to the Tigers on Friday night in Rochester. Williams registered 49 saves and allowed one goal as RIT tallied an empty-net goal with 25 seconds remaining. The Lakers fell to 5-7-0 overall and 3-4-0 in ECAC West, while the Tigers moved to 9-2-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the conference.
Melissa Hall scored the eventual game-winning goal at 17:26 in the second period after skating in alone on Williams to give RIT a 1-0 lead after two periods. The Tigers had an opportunity to add to their lead late in the third period with a penalty shot, but Williams made the stop to give it a one-goal game.
In the final minute of play, RIT was whistled for a checking penalty resulting in an Oswego State power play followed by head coach Diane Dillon pulling Williams to give the Lakers a two-skater advantage. However, the TigersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Shireen Irani tallied the empty-net goal at 19:35 to seal the victory for RIT.
Neither team was successful on the power play as Oswego State went 0-for-10 with the extra attacker and the Tigers were 0-for-11. Despite posting a .980 save percentage, Williams fell to 5-5-0 in the losing effort. Amy Torgerson, who improved to 5-0-2, made eight saves for RIT.
The teams close out the series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Rochester.
Box Score: http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/woswrit1.j15