Canton, NY – Freshman Shayna Dominique (Mistissini, QUE) had a monster game between the pipes turning aside a season-high 46 shots and classmate Jessica Kistabish (Pikogan, QUE) found the back of the net for a team-leading eighth time this season as the Roos fell just short of the comeback falling, 3-2, to visiting Utica College Friday at the Roos House. The win extends the Pioneers (7-2-0) win streak to seven games, while the Roos move to 4-8-2.
The visitors got on the board first 11:09 into the first period when Morgan Reed tallied her fourth score of the season. Megan Myers fed the puck to Nicole Schwartz who took an initial shot on net that was turned aside by Dominique. The rebound went right to Reed who put it home for the 1-0 lead. The Pioneers would take that advantage into the first intermission.
SUNY Canton responded 6:03 into the second when Dana Morrison (Wemindji, QUE) fed a puck up the left wing to Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) who slid a low shot sizzling past Utica goaltender Marissa McNamara to knot the game at one apiece. The tally was the sixth of the season for Cree.
With just 42 seconds remaining the Pioneers were able to convert a score to seize the momentum headed into the second intermission. Utica won the faceoff at the right circle and Nicole Kieffer quickly fed the puck to Reed at the point who blasted a shot that was saved by Dominique. Myers collected the rebound and beat Dominique over the blocker to make it 2-1.
The Roos responded just 1:59 into the third frame when Kistabish skated into the offensive zone and sniped a shot top shelf past the glove of McNamara to tie the game once again. SUNY Canton committed a costly checking penalty with just 2:16 left on the clock and the Pioneers made it pay off when they converted the game-winning power play marker with just 1:29 to play. Kelsey Dowdall was the recipient of a pass that was deflected off the boards and skated into the zone on a breakaway to beat Dominique for the eventual winner.
Dominique made 46 saves including a remarkable 21 in the second period to keep the Roos within one goal throughout. McNamara turned aside 14 shots in her second win of the season for Utica. Cree and Lora Ardoin (Houston, TX) led the Roos with four shots on target apiece, while Reed and Myers combined to challenge Dominique 18 times.
These two teams will be back in action Saturday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium when they complete the home-and-home series at 7:00 p.m.