ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Jillian Bergeron scored 29 seconds into the contest to give the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team an early 1-0 lead over top-ranked RIT, but the Lakers were unable to hang on as they fell 3-1 on Friday afternoon in Rochester to move to 11-9-3 overall and 7-7-3. The Tigers, who improved to 21-0-2 overall and 14-0-2 in the league, scored two third-period goals to escape with the victory, as senior goaltender Emi Williams stopped 34 shots from the top offense in Division III. Both teams square off tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Rochester.
Oswego State caught RIT on its heels on the first shift of the game resulting in Mackenzie Lee and Olivia Boersen finding Bergeron for her sixth goal of the season with 29 seconds elapsed in the game. The Tigers responded by out-shooting the Lakers, 17-9, in the period and leveling the score at the 8:53 mark. Kourtney Kunichika scored the first of two RIT power-play goals with seven seconds remaining on an Oswego State penalty to send the teams into the intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
Both squads were whistled for two penalties apiece in the second period, but neither was able to capitalize on the chances as the Tigers recorded 11 shots on goal compared to six for the Lakers.
The tie was broken midway through the third period when Kolbee McCrea tallied her 17th goal of the year on the RIT power play to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. Sarah Dagg tacked on an insurance goal at 16:18, as RIT skated to the win.
Each squad received five power-play chances, as Oswego State went 0-for-5 and the Tigers went 2-for-5. Williams’ counterpart, Laura Chamberlain, made 19 saves for the Tigers.