(Canton, NY) It was an exciting and eventful night as the SUNY Canton Lady Roos Women’s Ice Hockey team skated to their first victory on home ice in program history as they defeated the Catamounts of the University of Vermont by a score of 6-4. The Roos (2-8) won their second Eastern Collegiate Women’s Hockey League game with the win this evening and stand at 2-5 in conference action.
The first period saw only one goal scored, on a 1 v 1 breakaway goal by the Catamounts #11 Kyra Herbert (Plainfield, NH) assisted by #18 Erin McDonald (Franklin, VT). Roos goalie #33 Alissa Altschuler (Cheshire, CT) held steady in the net, facing 11 shots on goal in the first period of action.
The second period opened up with another Catamounts goal, scored by McDonald and assisted by Herbert. The Roos then went on a 4-0 run to dominate the ice and take control of the period. The first Roos goal of the night was unassisted and scored by #18 Stephanie Hyde (Massena, NY), followed by another goal less than 30 seconds later by #24 Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario) assisted by #7 Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) and #27 Steph Kushnir (Goshen, NY). The high tempo and pressure continued and two back-to-back goals by Hyde as she earned a well-deserved hat-trick on the night. Her second goal of the night was assisted by Cree and her third by Grace Lyon (Winthrop, NY). The second period ended with the Roos ahead 4-2.
The scoring was not over for the night as the third period was a battle for both teams. UVM were kept off of the scoreboard until halfway through the period when #10 Suzanne Friedman (Framingham, MA) scored assisted by #20 Kirsten McColgan (Burlington, VT) and #2 Josephine Crosby (Grand Rapids, MI). The equalizer came for the Catamounts with 4:55 left on the clock as #26 Katherine Kreis (Barre, NH) put one in the back of net with the help of Friedman and #19 Gabryella Procaccini (Johnston, RI). The Roos resolve was ever-present and spurred on the support of a great home crowd, taking control in the final minutes of the game. Cree scored an unassisted, power-play goal to go one goal ahead, and in the closing minute of the game, on a 2-woman advantage, Lyon scored on an empty net for a final score of 6-4. Altschuler tended goal the entire game, facing 32 shots, making 28 saves. The Roos were also 3 for 6 on the power play.
The Roos House was full of “Girl Power” tonight as it was Girl Scouts Night at the arena. The Girl Scouts of NY Penn Pathways provided amazing atmosphere and support throughout the night, high-fiving the Lady Roos as they took the ice for the final period and joining them on the ice post-game for autographs and photographs.
The Lady Roos Ice Hockey team is back in action on home ice tomorrow (Saturday) night as they face Oswego State University at 5:45. The Catamounts remain in the area, on the Roos House ice, playing Oswego at 12:15 and the Canadian Institute at 8pm.