HAMDEN, CT – Senior forward Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) scored the game-winning goal 2:06 into overtime to lift the RIT women's hockey team (9-7-1) to a wild 4-3 overtime win over Connecticut (4-10-2) in the Nutmeg Classic Consolation hosted by Quinnipiac University on Saturday afternoon.Zach and Marissa Maugeri (Ajax, Ontario/Durham West Lightning) combined for six points in the contest.
Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) got the scoring started for RIT, midway through the second period with a shot from the high slot. That tied the game at 1-1. With the game headed into the third period and the Tigers down 2-1, Maugeri, who finished with a goal and two assists of her own, scored just 13 seconds into the period to draw even with the Huskies once again. Trailing 3-2 with two minutes to go in the game, and goaltender Jetta Rackleff (Bend, OR/Anaheim Lady Ducks) pulled for the extra attacker, #Celeste Brown would fire a shot through traffic for a clutch goal to tie it for a third time, 3-3, and force overtime. Maugeri would set up Zach for the game-winner in overtime with her goal just over two minutes into the period, giving the Tigers the 4-3 win.
In net, Rackleff made a career-best 42 saves for her first collegiate victory, including 18 in the second period.
Sarah MacDonnell, Rachel Farrell and Michela Cava scored the three goals for the Huskies, respectively, while Sarah Moses got the start in net for Connecticut, making 31 saves on 35 shots.
The first period between the two squads was very balanced, as each would control momentum on several occasions. Just 7:17 into the period, RIT would go on the first power play of the game, but would commit a penalty of their own to set up a 4-on-4 situation. Both penalties would be killed off and the game remained scoreless for the remainder of the period. Zach and Maugeri both had breakaways thwarted by Moses.
The second period started with a bang for the Huskies who cashed in on a goal just 1:20 into the period to take a 1-0 lead. Minutes laterConnecticut would go on a power play looking to extend their league but RIT would hold strong, killing off the penalty and springing some offensive pressure of the own, including another breakaway attempt by Zach that went wide. Finally the Tigers broke through with 9:19 to go in the period, thanks to McCrea's goal, which evened things up at 1-1.
As the period continued, RIT played solid defensively killing off several more penalties, until Farrell answered with a goal for UConn with a little over two minutes to go. The 2-1 score would stand for the remainder of the period. Heading into the break shots were 28-24 in favor of the Huskies.
13 seconds is all it took for RIT's offense to come to life as the the third period began, as a Maugeri shot found the back of the net and tied the game at 2-2. Connecticut, however, stayed aggresive on offense as the period wore on, eventually cashing in for their third goal with 10:10 remaining in the game.
With things looking dimsmal for RIT down 3-2 and two minutes to go, RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald pulled Rackleff from the goal to set up a 6-on-5 opportunity. The decision would pay off for the Tigers as seconds later, Brown would score to tie it at 3-3 and the teams were headed to overtime.
In overtime, the Tigers carried over the momentum from their late, game tying goal, to score 2:06 into the period, courtesy of Zach to steal the game in dramatic fashion.
Shots were in favor of UConn 45-35, as both goalies saw a lot of action in net.
It was Zach and Maugeri who really led the charge, with career days. For Zach, the win was the first three point performance of her career. Maugeri's two assists was a single game career high and part her three-point performace, a feat she has now achieved twice in her career.
Being the first ever meeting between the two schools, RIT now leads the all-time series with Connecticut, 1-0-0 and finished the Nutmeg Classic in third with a 1-1 record on the weekend. The Tigers fell to host school Quinnipiac in round one of the tournament on Friday.
RIT will return to CHA play next weekend Dec. 6-7 with a two game series at No. 10 Robert Morris. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Friday night and 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State women's hockey fought a gritty Maine squad on Saturday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena as the two teams tied 1-1. Shannon Yoxheimer (Jackson, Mich.) scored for the second straight game and Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) saved 44 shots.
The Black Bears were aggressive early earning a 14-5 edge in shots, but the two teams skated off scoreless after 20 minutes. Yoxheimer broke the scoreless game off a feed from Hannah Hoenshell (Plano, Texas) and Jordin Pardoski (Rochester Hills, Mich.) with 5:15 left in the second period. The goal was Yoxheimer's fifth of the season, while Hoenshell and Pardoski notched their seventh and fourth assists, respectively.
The action-packed second period, which featured 32 shots, wouldn't conclude in Penn State's favor. Maine's Brianne Kilgour bagged her third goal of the year with just nine seconds remaining. In the third period, Penn State controlled the pace of play and owned a 10-8 edge in shots, but the two teams went to overtime. There, Maine out-shot Penn State, 6-0, for a final 45-30 edge in shots. Paniccia was excellent all game, saving 14 shots in the first period, 16 in the second and 14 more in the third period plus overtime.
Penn State (3-12-2, 1-7-0 CHA) stayed unbeaten in back-to-back games for the first time since the Vermont series when the Lions went 1-0-1. Maine (0-12-4, 0-7-3 Hockey East) snapped an eight game losing streak.
Both teams failed to grab a power play goal as PSU went 0-for-3 and Maine went 0-for-1. The Nittany Lions have held opponents scoreless on the power play in the last three games and four of the past five.
The Nittany Lions conclude the fall semester with a two-game road trip to Mercyhurst Dec. 6-7.
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