Connor nets first goal of the year for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Olivia Ellis (Wilcox, Sask.) and freshman Emma Morisette (Wyandotte, Mich.) each scored twice as SUNY-Oswego defeated Plymouth State University by a 7-1 score in non-conference women's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink on Thursday evening.
In the second game between the two teams in less than 24 hours the Lakers blasted PSU goaltenders Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas) and Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) with 51 shots to improve to 8-8-1. The Panthers drop to 4-8-4 with the loss.
Oswego State got on the board in the first period with an unassisted goal from sophomore Kate Randazzo (Ancaster, Ont.) Randazzo skated into the offensive zone and blasted a slapshot that beat Trupp in the five-hole at the 12:45 mark. Ellis doubled the lead with a power play goal with 1:13 remaining in the period when she pounded home a rebound off Randazzo's shot from the left circle.
The visitors struck for two more goals in the second period. Sophomore Natalie Giglio (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) slipped a pass through the crease to Morisette, who banged it home for a second power play score 7:26 into the frame. The Lakers upped the lead to 4-0 with 3:27 to go. With a pile of bodies on the ice in front of the PSU goal, senior Andrea Noss (Orange, Conn.) was able to bat the puck in for her team-leading seventh tally of the year.
The Panthers looked to mount a comeback in the third period. Sophomore Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) fired a slapshot that hit the crossbar and bounced off the back of senior goalie Mariah Madrigal (Brownstown, Mich.) to cut the deficit to 4-1 less than four minutes into the period, but the Lakers held steady and closed out the win with three late goals, including two in a span of just six seconds.
Trupp made 33 saves in her 36:33 of action, but suffered the loss to fall to 1-1-0. Rajsigl made 11 stops in relief. Madrigal finished with 17 saves to improve to 5-3-1 on the year.
The Panthers continue a tough stretch of seven games in 14 days with a match-up at NEHC-rival New England College on Saturday. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.
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