Pele scores fourth of the season in 2-1 Roos women's hockey setback v. Endicott
Canton, NY – Jessica Pele scored her fourth goal of the season but a third period goal from Courtney Walpole lifted visiting Endicott College to a Colonial Hockey Conference victory in the Roos House on Friday.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening period as each penalty kill unit killed off a power play. The Roos held a slim 13-11 advantage in shots after one.Endicott (16-2-2, 7-0-2 CHC), who was receiving a vote in the latest D3hockey.com Top 10 Poll, got on the board first at the 2:43 mark of the middle period with 35 seconds left on a power play. Nicole Demers found Maggie Layo in the low slot as the puck deflected to Courtney Walpole. Her initial shot was saved by Brooke Susac but Layo put the rebound home at the far post for the early lead.
Canton (7-10-2, 3-3-1 CHC) was quick to respond just 73 seconds later when Jessica Pele and Alexa Parigi executed a give-and-go from behind the Endicott net. Pele's initial shot was saved by the pad of Vendela Jonsson but Pele put home her own rebounds past the sprawled out goaltender to knot the game at one. Endicott held a 21-8 shots advantage in the second period as the teams skated to third intermission tied at one apiece.
The Gulls took the lead less than two minutes into the third period. Jade Meier played the puck up the near boards at mid-ice to Walpole who hit Jillian Gibbs to her right. Gibbs fed the puck back to Walpole who finished over the stick of Susac for the 2-1 advantage.
Endicott was whistled for back-to-back penalties and the Roos pulled the goalie following the second infraction as they finished the final 1 minute 10 seconds of the game skating 6-on-3. Sydney Jordan got off a pair of shots but Jonsson turned aside both shots to help Endicott hang on for the win.
Susac made 37 saves for the Roos, while Jonnson turned aside 24 shots for the Gulls. Endicott went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Roos were 0-for-3.
These two teams will have a rematch on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Roos House.