No. 2 Elmira Women’s Hockey Outlasts SUNY Potsdam 3-2

December 07 2015
Category: Athletics

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The second-ranked Elmira College Soaring Eagles wrapped up its two-game weekend set in North Country on Sunday afternoon, outlasting SUNY Potsdam 3-2 at Maxcy Ice Arena. The win gives the Purple and Gold a 6-0-0 start to ECAC West play. 

For the second straight day the Soaring Eagles got big contributions from its bottom six. Ari Smith '18 tallied her first goal of the season, while Sarah Hughson '18 added a goal for the second consecutive game. Meghan Fonfara '18 also added a goal.

Forwards Olivia Nystrom '16 and Bobbie Strople '19 added an assists, while the Soaring Eagles also had Erin Kishoni'18 and Phoebe Piku '16 chipped in helpers from the blue line.

Kyle Nelson '17 garnered the start in net for Elmira and did not disappoint. She stopped 20-of-22 shots, including several big saves to prevent SUNY Potsdam from forcing overtime.

The opening period began very similarly to last night's contest, as both teams kept each other to the periphery of the offensive zone. However, both teams would generate fireworks in the waning moments of the period.

Smith lifted Elmira to a brief lead when she pumped in her first goal of the season. The Soaring Eagles made a concerted effort to generate offense down low during the back half of the period. Strople started the scoring play, stealing a clearing pass in the left circle and carrying the puck behind the net. She whipped the puck into a scrum of players at the right post. Smith showcased her quick stick to find the pin-balling puck, poking it through the five-hole of Bears' goaltender Abby Tardelli to notch the 1-0 lead.

The lead would only last 36 seconds, as Jordan Ott would equalize for SUNY Potsdam on the ensuing shift. The Bears' winger would make an excellent individual move, making a beautiful toe drag to deke in the left wing circle, before whipping a wrister stick side past Nelson to tie the game. It would remain that way into the intermission.

The teams continued to battle in a tightly contested middle period. Elmira's top line, which was quiet in the series opener yesterday, finally made its presence felt with 7:30 left in the period. Nystrom started the scoring play, making a great move to slither past a SUNY Potsdam defender on the right-wing boards, before streaking into the high-slot. She dropped the puck to Fonfara who was trailing the play, with the latter wristing home a shot through a screen inside the left post to retake the lead.

The Soaring Eagles got some separation just 1:58 into the third period. Piku sent a lofted pass into the SUNY Potsdam zone. Hughson won the race to loose puck and moved in on a partial breakaway. The sophomore showcased excellent hands, going forehand-backhand, completely fooling the Bears' netminder, shuffling the puck inside the right post for a 3-1 lead.

The Bears would battle back late making things interesting in the waning minutes of the game. Amanda Peterson would pull SUNY Potsdam within one goal with 1:59 remaining, swooping between the circles, before beating Nelson with a wrister over the glove.

On the ensuing shift, Nystrom was sent to the box, giving the Bears a power play for the remainder of regulation. SUNY Potsdam would pull Tardelli for an extra attacker, giving the home side a six-on-four advantage with 50 seconds left. Nelson preserved the win, making three saves in the final moments, which included a highlight-reel sprawling save on Ott just before the final horn.