The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team snapped an eight-game losing streak to seventh-ranked Elmira with a 1-1 tie in the ECAC West opener for each team Saturday afternoon in Oswego. The Laker result was buoyed by the play of senior goaltender Emi Williams and the penalty kill unit. Williams posted 42 saves in goal, while the Soaring Eagles went 0-for-8 with the extra skater. Oswego State and Elmira now boast identical 1-1-1 overall records, and registered one point for the conference standings.
After a scoreless first period in which Oswego State goaltender Emi Williams made 14 saves, the second period was filled with extra-skater opportunities for both squads. Each side had shots hit the pipe or crossbar, but neither was able to get the puck across the goal line. In the final minute of the second period, Kelly Collins and Mackenzie Lee had a 2-on-1 chance, but Lee was unable to corral Collins’ pass from the right side.
Early in the third frame, Elmira had a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes. The Soaring Eagles called timeout to setup the attack, which nearly worked, but Williams made a series of spectacular saves to keep Elmira off of the scoreboard. However, at the 9:36 mark, the Soaring Eagles capitalized on breakaway when Tori Charron went 1-on-1 with Williams. Charron wristed the shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net as 11 earned the assist on the play. Nearly four minutes later, Oswego State leveled the game at 1-1 when Kathryn Sbrocchi’s shot from the right point was deflected in traffic by Kristin Metzger, and found its way into the net near the left post. Neither team was able to net another goal as the contest went into overtime.
In the extra frame, the Lakers outshot Elmira by a margin of 5-2, but the game resulted in a tie. Williams ended the contest with 42 saves, while her counterpart, Lauren Sullivan, finished with 22.
The teams wrap up the series Sunday at 3 p.m. in Oswego.