MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Women's Ice Hockey team settled for a 2-2 draw in a non-conference face-off with visiting Hamilton College on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs wasted very little time getting on the board as Vanessa Klimpke (Winnipeg, Manitoba) tallied her 19th goal of the season just 59 seconds into play. Klimpke retrieved the puck just to the left of the crease and skated behind the net, scoring on a wrap-around shot into the right corner for the unassisted tally and the early 1-0 lead.
Both teams skated equal for the remainder of the first period, but neither team was able to generate much offense beyond Morrisville's early goal. However, it was a different story in the second period as the Continentals from Hamilton put continual pressure on the Mustangs' defense. Hamilton outshot Morrisville 16-4 in the frame, but were only able to convert on just one at the 18:30 mark in the second period.
Jessica Ujcik (Munich, Germany) put Morrisville up 2-1 at the 6:18 mark in the third. Ujcik converted on a backhand flip shot right in front of the net off of a pass from Klimpke from the left side of the end line. The goal was Ujcik's sixth of the season and Klimpke's sixth assist of the season.
Hamilton would not go quietly as they continued to put pressure on the Mustangs' defense. Their persistence would pay off at the 15:28 mark as they once again evened the score in a unique 4v4 skater situation due to simultaneous penalties just a minute before.
Despite several more attempts late in the third period for both sides, the game would eventually head into overtime.
The Continentals controlled the puck for most of the overtime frame, getting off five shots on goal to the Mustangs' one. Morrisville goaltender, Renee Schmaltz (Beaumont, Alberta) came up big on all five occasions to preserve the 2-2 tie.
The Mustangs will be forced to sit on this tie for a while as they do not return to the ice until Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28 when they travel to Becker for their first Colonial Hockey Conference action of 2017. Morrisville will be back on their home ice at 4 PM on Friday, February 3 as they square off against Endicott.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.