OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team (9-10-2, 8-6-2 ECAC West) bounced back from Friday night’s shutout by pushing No. 1-ranked RIT to the final horn, but lost a 2-1 game Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Laker goalie Bridget Smith (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) kept the home team within striking distance throughout the game, as she steered away 28 shots in a losing effort.
The Tigers dealt the first blow at 5:40 in the first period when Kourtney Kunichika recorded her 13th goal of the season, while RIT was skating 5-on-3. Kim Schlattman and Ariane Yokoyama were awarded assists on the goal.
However, Oswego State leveled the score with eight minutes left in the frame when Melissa Seamont (So., North Bay, Ontario) deflected Breanne Reith’s (Jr., East St. Paul, Manitoba) shot from the blue line past Tiger goalie Ali Binnington, who made 15 saves. It was only the eighth goal allowed this season by Binnington. Emily Marks (Fr., Courtice, Ont.) earned an assist, as well.
The pace picked up through a relatively whistle-free second period until Danielle Read’s shot from the point after a pass from Kristina Moss went through traffic past Smith at 13:15, giving RIT a tenuous one-goal lead at intermission.
Both squads continued to carry the puck back-and-forth, but neither team was able to score. The Lakers went on the power play with 1:09 remaining in regulation allowing Oswego State to call timeout and pull Smith for a two-skater advantage.
Captain Kathryn Sbrocchi (Sr., Mississauga, Ont.) put a shot on goal forcing Binnington to get out of her stance to make the save with 14.4 seconds on the clock. A skirmish broke out at the end of the play, resulting in 11 penalties being handed out between both teams. Once the smoke cleared, Oswego State found itself skating 3-on-4 and taking a faceoff in its defensive zone to essentially end the game.
Following the game, the Lakers recognized the seven seniors on this year’s squad: Megan Amlinger, Jillian Bergeron, Kelly Collins, Lauren Gilpin, Mackenzie Lee, Leah McNaughton, and Kathryn Sbrocchi.
The Lakers play their final four games of the regular season on the road starting next Friday when they face Division I Sacred Heart University at 7 p.m.