By Jacob Johnson
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College Women’s club Ice Hockey team took on Paul Smith College at Smead Arena on Saturday afternoon after not having played a game since November 24. The Pride were defeated 5-2 in the first of their weekend doubleheader against the Bobcats, in a game that saw a combined ten penalties, seven of which went against Springfield.
The first period was hard fought by both teams, as neither was able to put a goal on the board early on. It wasn’t until the 14th minute that the Pride were able to open up the scoring, when Colleen Myers was able to grab a rebound off Paul Smith’s goalie Katey Snyder and give the Pride the 1-0 advantage.
That lead didn’t last long however as less than 20 seconds after the goal, Lindsay Reeve ripped a couple shots off the pads of Springfield goalie Amanda Hanley, only for the puck to fall into the stick of Allie Chamberlain at the top of the goal crease as she sunk the second goal of the game past Hanley to knot the score at one each.
Just over two minutes into the second period, Springfield struck again as this time Rachel Curtis found herself wide open streaking up the right side, lasering a shot into the upper right corner to give Springfield a 2-1 lead.
That’s when the penalties started piling on. With 11:20 left in the second, Curtis got tangled up with Paul Smith’s Samantha Peters and was sent to the penalty box, setting up the power play for the Bobcats. A minute and a half later, Charlotte Kline blazed right past the Pride’s defensive line and maneuvered around Hanley to knot the game back up at two apiece.
“I would hate to blame any game on the refs, but it was a tough game with officiating. We took too many penalties.” said Springfield head coach Thomas Verrico. “We’re never gonna turn penalties off, the refs are always gonna call penalties. We gotta keep our heads together and stick with the game plan.”
For a few minutes, the chaos subsided. But within the span of 8 seconds at the two minute mark for the period, Springfield’s Ashley Piling and once again Rachel Curtis were both sent to the box, giving Paul Smith’s a five on three power play, which they took advantage of. At the one minute mark, Charlotte Kline passed to a wide open Molly Graham on the right side, as Graham was able to sink the shot through a tight window to give the Bobcats the 3-2 advantage.
“She has a very good hockey IQ where she can recognize is a goalie is out of position,” said Paul Smith’s head coach Casey Gerrish. “Both of her goals were from the corner and she saw the goalie had her pad out with a tiny little space there to put it in perfectly.”
The Bobcats quickly built on their lead entering the final period as Charlotte Kline found a cutting DeArmayero as she deeked her way to the sixth goal of the match and giving her team the 4-2 lead.
From there the Bobcats kept the pedal on the medal in the third period. About seven minutes into the final period, Nidia DeArmayero captured her third assist of the game as her cross ice pass to the cutting Charlotte Kline was perfect for Kline to quickly flick the games seventh and final goal into the net.
Springfield and Paul Smith’s will face off again tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. in their weekend double header. The Pride are now 4-3-1 on the year, while the Bobcats improved to 4-3-0.
Featured photo courtesy Jack Margaros