Women's hockey: Potsdam plays tough early, falls late in 3-0 loss to No. 4 Elmira
Potsdam – Facing a high volume of shots, sophomore goal tender Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario / Bemidji State) piled up 37 saves and her Bears' teammates put forth a much more competitive effort from just a day earlier, but No. 4 Elmira sped to a 3-0 ECAC West win over SUNY Potsdam at Maxcy Hall Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Showing plenty of grit and determination, Potsdam battled to a scoreless stalemate after the first period with the defending Division III women's hockey champions.
Despite the Bears being outshot 15-9 in the opening period, Rodrigue was up to the challenge as she came up with several saves that showcased her athleticism by stopping shots that ranged both high and low.
It was not until the 5:12 mark of the second period when the Soaring Eagles (4-1-1 overall, 4-0 ECAC West) finally broke through. Bears' sophomore forward Rachel Grefke (Livonia, Mich. / Victory Honda) was whistled for cross checking and Elmira took advantage on a power play by Brooke Wilgosh. The goal was set up Ashley Ryan's sixth assist of the season.
Just past the midway point of the second period, Elmira struck again when junior forward Ashton Hogan scored on helpers from Cassidy Delainey and McKenna Farole. Delainey added a short-handed insurance goal from Wilgosh in the third to make it 3-0.
The front line of Potsdam (2-3-1 overall, 1-3-1 ECAC West) continued to push hard and worked its way to a 12-9 shots on goal advantage in the final period.
Freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y. / Rochester Edge) led the Bears with six shots while senior assistant captain Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario / Stoney Creek Sabres) and senior Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario / Clarkson University) each took five shots apiece on goal. Lucky also won on seven of her eight face offs.
Potsdam will next travel to Clinton, N.Y. to take on Hamilton College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.