Brett tallies first career goal as Panthers' rally falls short
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Freshman Siri Brett (Wenatchee, Wash.) scored her first collegiate goal, but the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team's third period rally fell short as Oswego State topped the Panthers, 2-1, to sweep a two-game series at Marano Campus Center Arena on Thursday afternoon.
The Lakers tallied single goals in each of the first two periods to take a 2-0 lead into the final 20 minutes. Plymouth State had three power play opportunities in the first 13 minutes of the frame and Brett cashed in on the third chance to cut the margin to 2-1 with 6:16 to play, but senior goaltender Mikaela Ditonto (Orchard Park, N.Y.) held strong to preserve the Lakers' win.
Plymouth State dips to 2-11-3 with the loss, while Oswego moves to 8-4-3.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 1, Oswego State 2
Plymouth State (2-11-3)
Oswego State (8-4-3)
How it Happened:
* Freshman Sara Cruise (Fairhaven, Mass.) picked up her second goal in as many days to put the Lakers up 2:46 into the first period.
* The Panthers had a power play opportunity midway through the period but the Oswego penalty kill unit was up to the task.
* The hosts doubled their lead 10:56 into the second period when junior Eryn Stewart (Stonewall, Man.) converted a feed from Cruise and sophomore Jean-Marie Padden (Cranford, N.J.).
* It looked like Oswego would go up 3-0 later in the period but the Lakers goal was waved off.
* PSU opened the third period with three power play chances and Brett was able to capitalize on the third. Junior Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) ripped a shot from blue line that Brett tipped past Ditonto.
* The Panthers maintained pressure through the final 6:14 of action, but Ditonto was able to hold them at bay.
Inside the Numbers:
* Stewart's goal was her team-leading fifth of the season. She also tops the Lakers with 14 points.
* Louie is tied for second on the Panthers with three assists.
* PSU finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Oswego was held scoreless in its one chance.
* Sophomore Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) made 30 stops for the Panthers, but fell to 1-4-2 on the year, while Ditonto picked up her first win of the year (1-0-0) after registering 32 saves.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We played a complete game today," said head coach Mykul Haun. "We competed on every shift. Even though we were down a few key players with injuries, everyone stepped up their game at the right time. I'm very proud of Siri [Brett]. She was able to pop in her first collegiate goal at a very important time for us. She has emerged into a top-end player and is used in every situation. Our goaltending was great this week. Alex [Rajsigl] took control and was a difference maker for us today."
* Plymouth State heads to Trinity College on Wednesday (Jan. 23) for a 7:30 p.m., non-conference clash with the Bantams.
* Oswego visits #2/#2 Plattsburgh State for a pair of NEWHL games starting Friday (Jan. 25).
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