(Canton, N.Y.)- Freshman Karley Cree (Hogansburg, N.Y.) had three goals and three assists leading the SUNY Canton women's ice hockey team to an 8-2 win over the St. Lawrence University club team on Sophie Kawejsza Night at Roos House.
Friday's game was played in honor of Sophie, a girl from Camillus, N.Y. who died from a brain tumor shortly before her ninth birthday. All the proceeds from raffles for various prizes, paper skate sales and Chuck A Puck will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Sophie’s family attended Friday night’s game, and her mom and dad and sister took part in a ceremonial opening faceoff. The Roos also wore custom made jerseys with "Sophie" and the number "2" on the front and their actual numbers on the back.
The Roos won their third straight game before a packed house of mostly girls minor league hockey players that were invited to the game. In between the first and second period, the U10 teams from Canton and Potsdam played two mini-games, and between the second and third period, a shootout was held by several local players, and one of the goalies was SUNY Canton freshman Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.).
The Roos (6-12-1) outshot the Saints 43-18, including a 36-12 advantage through the first two periods. After building a 3-2 lead after the first 20 minutes, SUNY Canton reeled off five straight goals, three in the second and two more in the third, to post their largest margin of victory this season.
Freshman Grace Lyon (Winthrop, N.Y.) opened the scoring when she was set up by Cree five minutes into the first period. Both teams traded goals during a three-minute stretch, SUNY Canton’s two tallies coming from Cree, before freshman Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario) scored from junior Caty Darling (Oswego, N.Y.) with nine seconds left in the period that gave the home team a two-goal lead.
Cree, Carroll and Lyon each scored in the second period and Carroll, Cree and freshman Isreal Tyler (Canton, N.Y.) all scored in the final period, and it was Tyler’s first career goal.
Altschuler had a solid night in goal stopping 16 of 18 shots as she also won her third straight game improving to 5-6-1.
The Roos are back in action on Saturday when they travel to SUNY Oswego for a 7 p.m. matchup.