ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Senior forward Sarah Dagg (St. George, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks) scored a power-play goal with 55.6 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the No. 1 RIT women’s hockey team (17-0-1, 10-0-1 ECAC West) to a 2-2 tie against No. 4 SUNY Plattsburgh (12-2-2, 8-1-2 ECAC West) in front a capacity crowd of 2,100 fans, as RIT helped “Black Out Heart Disease” at Ritter Arena on Friday evening.
With RIT on the power-play, and goaltender Laura Chamberlain (Norco, CA/LA Selects) pulled for the extra attacker, Kim Schlattman (Stratford, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) won the face-off back to Ariane Yokoyama (Van Nuys, CA/LA Selects) who crossed with Traci Galbraith (Oakville, Ontario/Burlington Jr. Barracudas) at the blue-line, feeding her the puck. Galbraith fired a diagonal pass to Dagg at the left face-off circle. Dagg took the feed, one step towards the goal and ripped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Plattsburgh goaltender Mandy Mackrell for her 12th goal of the season, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
In overtime, both teams had a handful of good chances. Plattsburgh had a golden opportunity to win the game midway through the overtime, as Chelsea VanGlahn was all alone in front after receiving a perfect feed from the corner. She looked to have a wide open net, but Chamberlain, slid across and made by far her best save of the game, sticking her righ arm out to keep the game tied.
With the tie, RIT had its program record 17-game winning streak snapped, but extended its unbeaten streak to 18 games. It also snapped a 16-game Ritter Arena winning streak.
Dagg added an assist on Kristina Moss (Webster, NY/Buffalo Bisons)’s second period power-play goal, giving her 84 for her career, which is a new RIT record. Dagg now has 141 points (57-84-141) in 97 career games.
RIT out-shot Plattsburgh, 42-26. The Tigers were 2-for-6 on the powerplay, while holding Plattsburgh scoreless in six attempts with the man-advantage.
Mackrell was tremendous for Plattsburgh, stopping 40 shots to be named the game’s first star. Allison Era and VanGlahn scored third period goals for the Cardinals.
Chamberlain had her personal 11-game winning streak snapped for RIT, stopping 24 shots.
The crowd of 2,100 fans is believed to be a record for a Division III women’s hockey regular season contest. It is the first time in the history of the RIT women’s hockey program that they played in front of a capacity crowd.
The Tigers, along with Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority teammed up with Geneva General Cardiology Associates to help “Black Out Heart Disease”. Geneva General Cardiologist Dr. Joe Gomez, and RIT President Bill Destler will dropped the ceremonial first puck before tonight’s game.
RIT wore special black jerseys that they will also wear in tomorrow’s game. These jerseys are being auctioned off on-line, with bidding to close following Saturday’s game at 6 p.m.
RIT led 1-0 heading into the third period before Plattsburgh scored twice in a span of 1:14 to take a 2-1 lead and stun the capacity crowd.
Allison Era tied the game at 1-1, 4:59 into the final frame, taking a feed from goaltender Mandy Mackrell inside her own line, then going coast-to-coast, splitting a pair of Tiger defenders, before beating Chamberlain through the legs for her second goal of the season.
VanGlahn made it 2-1 Cardinals just 1:14 later, as she converted a bad rebound by Chamberlain in front for her fourth goal of the year. Justine Fisher threw an innocent pass out front that Chamberlain tried to dive on to get a whistle. Chamberlain could not control the puck and it hopped right to VanGlahn, who buried it for the goal.
Moss gave RIT a 1-0 lead with a power-play tally with 6:52 left in the second period, wristing a shot through traffic past Mackrell off a face-off win by Schlattman. Schlattman won the draw to Dagg, who cycled the puck to Hannah Epstein (Amherst, NY/Nichols School) at the side boards, Epstein fired a pass to Moss in the high slot, whose shot found the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season.
From that point on, Plattsburgh seemed to be energized and took the play to RIT. Chamberlain had to make a few big saves before the second period ended.
The Tigers came out and dominated the opening 20 minutes, out-shooting Plattsburgh, 15-2, but Mackrell was tremendous, making a handful of big saves to keep her team in the game.
RIT’s Katie Stack (Batavia, NY/Rochester Edge) had the best chance of the opening period, blocking a shot by a Plattsburgh defenseman and racing in all alone on a shorthanded breakaway. Stack, deked, went to the backhand, and had Mackrell beat, but the shot glanced off the right post.
Early in the second period, the Tigers hit the same post on the same shift, as Yokoyama had Mackrell beat, but the shot glanced off the left post. The rebound came right to Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury), who also hit the same post. Mackrell also made a tremendous glove save on Zach off a face-off in the second period.
Plattsburgh now leads the all-time series between the two schools, 8-2-1.
The two teams are right back in action on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.