RIT extends winning streak
No.1 Tigers win fifth-in-a-row after defeating Oswega
OSWEGO, NY -- No. 1 RIT (19-1-1, 12-1-1 ECAC West) extended its winning streak to five games after hanging on to defeat ECAC West foe Oswego (9-10-2, 8-6-2 ECAC West) 2-1 at Campus Center Arena on Saturday afternoon. Danielle Read scored the game-winner with 6:45 left in the second period for the Tigers, breaking a 1-1 tie.
Read passed the puck to Kristina Moss at the blueline, who then fired a pass back to Read. Read one-timed the shot from the point that hit an Oswego defenseman in front after a screen was set by Ali Hills went past goaltender Bridget Smith for Read's third goal of the season.
The Tigers out-shot Oswego, 30-16. RIT goaltender Ali Binnington stopped 15 shots for her eighth straight win to start the season. RIT took a penalty with 1:11 left in regulation, allowing Oswego to pull Smith to get the sixth attacker. The Tigers were able to hold off Oswego, then with 15 seconds, a major skirmish ensued with the officials doling 35 minutes in penalties, 27 going to Oswego.
The Tigers opened the scoring a little over five minutes in, as on a 5-on-3 power-play, Kim Schlattman fired a cross-ice pass through the crease that Kunichika put in to the open side for her 13th goal of the season. Ariane Yokoyama also assisted on the goal.
Oswego tied the game 12 minutes into the period, as Melissa Seamont put a shot past Binnington from the slot.
Smith was strong in net for the Lakers, stopping 28 shots.
The Tigers were 1-for-6 on the power-play and held Oswego scoreless in five chances with the man-advantages.
RIT leads the all-time series between the two schools, 19-7-0, and have won nine of 10 meetings between the two schools since Oswego re-established its program in 2007.
The 19-1-1 start is the second best in school history after 21 games for the Tigers, only behind last season's 19-0-2 beginning.
Yesterday, Kolbee McCrea scored a pair of goals, while Kuncihika tallied three points on a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over the Lakers. Laura Chamberlain stopped all 15 shots she faced for her 10th career shutout.