OSWEGO, NY — The Williams College women's hockey team (12-9-1) lost to out-of-conference opponent Oswego State (11-8-4) this afternoon 3-1. Junior Alli Ullrich (St. Louis, MO) scored the game winning power play goal at 15:07 in the second period.
Play went up and down the ice at the beginning of the first period. Williams earned a penalty kill at 7:24, showing strong defensive play clearing the puck several times.
Oswego received two consecutive penalties, the first coming at 12:38 and the second at 14:57. The Ephs kept offensive pressure on the Lakers, and at 16:21 junior Emily Krueger (Manasquan, NJ) scored a power play goal to go up 1-0 for the Ephs. Senior Talia Simon (Carlisle, MA) ripped a shot from the point that went wide. The puck rebounded off the boards back in front of the Oswego net, where sophomore Alex Lovaas (Wayzata, MN) got the puck to Krueger for the goal. It was Krueger's 5th goal of the season.
Oswego responded with a goal of their own less than a minute later to tie the game up 1-1. Sophomore Victory Blake (White Rock, SC) took a slap shot from the point that got passed freshman Williams goalie Julia Mini (Danvers, MA).
The Ephs went on the power play again at 17:34, but were unable to convert with the one-man advantage and the score remained tied at 1-1 going into the second period.
Williams came out firing in the second period, but senior goalie Tori Trovato (Fulton, NY) stayed big in net to hold off the Ephs. Five minutes into the period, Krueger beat both Lakers defenders off a zone entry and fired a top shelf shot that hit the cross bar and rebounded inside the crease. Trovato fell on the puck before Kruger got a second shot.
Oswego went on the power play at 14:45, and junior Alli Ullrich (St. Louis, MO) scored twenty-one seconds later to go up 2-1 against the Ephs. With lots of commotion in front of the Williams net, Ullrich fired a shot from the point that got past Mini.
Oswego gained more confidence with their lead over the Ephs and controlled play in the offensive zone for the rest of the period. However the Lakers couldn't get past Mini and it remained a one goal game going into the final frame.
Going on the power play at 3:11 in the final period, the Lakers put offensive pressure on the Ephs. Williams earned the penalty kill, but the Lakers kept control of the puck after the power play and went up 3-1 at 6:07 in the final frame. Sophomore Laura Thacker (San Jose, CA) carried the puck up the boards and rushed the Williams net, making a backhanded pass out to her teammate Bailee Goodon (Boissevan, MAN) who was waiting in front of the net to bury the puck.
Oswego continued to control the puck after taking a two goal lead. Playing physical hockey, both teams received penalties within the last six minutes of play but with neither converted a goal.
With two minutes left in the game, Williams pulled their goalie, but were unable to score with the one-man advantage.
"This week in practice we will focus on playing as a group," reflected Williams head coach Meghan Gillis, "and at the level we know we are capable of."
The Ephs will face off against NESCAC opponent Middlebury College this coming Friday at Lansing Chapman Rink. The puck drops at 7pm.