UC tops Hamilton in Gold Ribbon game


CLINTON, N.Y.  (WKTV) - The Utica College women's hockey team erased a two-goal deficit and scored 44 seconds into the extra frame to top cross-town rival, Hamilton College 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the Clinton Ice Arena in the 2nd annual gold ribbon game.

Hamilton got on the board first at 8:02 of the opening period as Stephanie Lang scored on the power play, assisted by Jill Tokarczyk and Megan Ahern. The Continentals put another one in at 2:01 of the second period off the stick of Teal Gosselin, assisted by Lang and Ianthe Lekometros.

Then the Pioneers turned up the pressure, scoring two goals in 1:30 to even the score. Senior Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV/LA Selects) extended her scoring streak to eight games with her team-best seventh goal of the season. Nicole Schwartz (Danville, CA/San Jose Sharks) and Nicole Kieffer (Rome, NY/Lysander Lightning) assisted on the goal. The next shift, it was Louise Steele-Nortons turn to get on the score sheet as she found the back of the net for her first off the season. Emily Coope (Phoenix, AZ/Colorado Tigers) and Kristen Beckman (Arnold, MD/Northwood School) added the helpers on the tying goal.

Each team traded opportunities in the third period, and the Pioneers killed off back-to-back 5-on-3 penalties to keep the score deadlocked at 2, requiring the extra period. Just 44 seconds into overtime, freshman Gabrielle Schnepp (Northville, MI/Belle Tire) put in a rebound to send UC home with a victory. Vanessa Maines (Boxborough, MA/Boston Jr. Shamrocks) and Kelsey Dowdall (Smiths Falls, ONT/Nepean) assisted on Schnepp's fifth of the year.

During the game both teams wore special edition gold ribbon uniforms to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The jerseys were auctioned off during the game and all proceeds were donated to the family of 16 year-old Syndey McEvoy, of Illion, who was diagnosed with Lymphoma in May. With help from the Shawn Grady Fund, the teams were able to raise $3,979 for the McEvoy family.

Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, NY/Northwood School) made 24 saves in the win, while her counterpart, Tori Bogen, had 18 saves. The Pioneers (6-2) have now won their last six. UC returns to action on Jan. 3 and 4 for a home-and-home series against SUNY Canton. Friday's contest is set for 3 p.m. at Catnon before both teams head to Utica for a 7 p.m. tilt on Saturday, Jan. 4.

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