Syracuse and Princeton battled to 4-4 overtime draw on Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Four different players scored for the Orange, including freshman Sarah Marchand, who paced the offense with one goal and two assists. Seniors Abby Moloughney, Lauren Bellefontaine and Shelby Calof also scored for Syracuse (6-8-4 overall). Syracuse scored three power play goals in the game. The Orange and the Tigers (5-5-3) will play the second game of the series on Saturday at 2 pm at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Immediately following the game all ‘Cuse fans are invited to ‘Skate with the Orange’ in a 60-minute post game event. Fans can bring their own skates or sign them out at the Tennity Ice Pavilion.
“We got out to a little bit of a slow start, weathered the storm early, and then got the lead and really picked up our play,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “The first goal, the power play goal was really nice execution. I thought we built off of that to gain some confidence and got that second goal. Then they stormed back. We had the lead, gave it up, got the lead again and then gave it up, but we did not relinquish it in the end. It was a good game. Both teams played hard. We know what to expect tomorrow.”
In the first period, Marchand had a hand in both of Syracuse’s goals. On the first she fed a pass from behind the goal to Moloughney on the left side of the crease and Moloughney put a shot past Princeton goalkeeper Rachel McQuigge to give the Orange a 1-0 lead on the power play goal with at the 11:46 mark.
Marchand put the Orange ahead 2-0 when she cut across the crease to the left side and took a pass from sophomore Rayla Clemons and put it in the top right corner of the goal less than six minutes later.
In the second period, Princeton tied the game, 2-2, with a pair of goals within a 40 second span. Annie Kuehl scored at the 7:06 mark on assists from Stef Wallace and Grace Kulpers to make the score 2-1. The Tigers tied the game 36 seconds later on a goal by Shannon Griffin.
Bellefontaine gave the Orange a 3-2 lead on Syracuse’s second power play goal with 6:53 remaining in the second period. Moloughney set up the goal by feeding a pass from the left circle behind the net to Marchand who then fed Bellefontaine on the right side of the goal. Bellefontaine put the shot past Princeton goalie Jennifer Olnowich, who came into the game for starter Rachel McQuigge with 9:22 left in the second period.
In the third period, Princeton’s Stef Wallace tied the game on a power play goal at the 1:19 mark.
Calof made it 4-3 Syracuse on a power play goal with 11:02 remaining. Junior Mae Batherson set up the play with a pass from the point to sophomore Tatum White in the left circle who fed Calof with a cross-ice pass on the right side of the goal for the score.
Princeton tied the game for the third time when Grace Kuipers scored 25 seconds later to make the score 4-4 and force the overtime.
It was Syracuse’s seventh overtime game of the season. Syracuse is 1-2-4 in those games.
Admission to Orange ice hockey games is free. All fans attending must adhere to Syracuse University’s COVID-19 policy, which can be found here. Both games will be streamed on Cuse.com.