Syracuse ice hockey falls to No. 13 Vermont in last two minutes of play

Syracuse hockey falls to Vermont in last two minutes of play

The 3-1 loss marks the Orange's third consecutive loss.
Published: December 10, 2022
SU goalie, Arielle DeSmet, a graduate student from Charlotte, VT blocks a shot from UVM during the women's Ice Hockey game on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Tennity Ice Pavilion in Syracuse, NY.
SU goaltender Arielle DeSmet blocks a shot from Vermont during the ice hockey match on Dec. 9, 2022 at Tennity Ice Pavilion.

After a blowout 11-3 loss to No. 12 Penn State over the weekend, the Syracuse ice hockey team looked to get things back on track against No. 13 Vermont on Friday night.

Early on in the game, it certainly seemed like they would, but inevitably fell 3-1. With back-to-back losses at Penn State, this marks the Orange’s third consecutive loss.

The Orange accumulated several scoring chances early on, but couldn’t capitalize on them. Five minutes into the first period, Syracuse forward Rhéa Hicks raced down the ice on a breakaway opportunity, but her shot was blocked by the pads of Vermont goaltender Jessie McPherson.

The game remained scoreless until the period hit the 15 minute mark when Vermont’s Lara Beecher found teammate Evelyn Blais-Savoie with a dart of a pass from behind the net. Blais-Savoie received the pass in the slot, and promptly launched the puck past Syracuse goaltender Arielle DeSmet to put the Catamounts up 1-0.

With the period winding down, Beecher found herself in a good position to add on to her point total. She skated down the ice, maneuvering past her defender to create space for a shot, but was stopped in her tracks by DeSmet with 26 seconds left to play. The period came to an end with Vermont in control of a one goal lead.

The second period proved to be a much better one for the Orange. Syracuse forwards Sarah Thompson and Tatum White raced into the Vermont offensive zone on a 2-on-1 opportunity. The duo made the most of it as Thompson’s pass was rifled into the back of the net by White before McPherson could get her glove to it.

Tatum White (#18), a junior from Kingston, Ontario celbrates with Sarah Thompson (#11) after she scores on UV for the only score in the 2nd period during the women's Ice Hockey game on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Tennity Ice Pavilion in Syracuse, NY.
Syracuse forward Tatum White (#18) celebrates with Sarah Thompson (#11) after White scores on Vermont for the only score in the second period during the ice hockey game on Dec. 9, 2022.

Neither team was able to grab the lead before the end of the period, so the third began with the score still tied at 1-1. The game seemed headed to overtime, but with just two minutes left to play, things fell apart for the Orange.

After getting her pad out to block a shot from Vermont’s Theresa Schafzal, DeSmet was unable to get across the crease in time as the rebound was hammered home by forward Corinne McCool.

Syracuse head coach Britni Smith soon pulled DeSmet to bring an extra skater on the ice, hoping to tie things up, but the Orange couldn’t even keep the puck out of their own defensive zone.

After missing a few shots, the Catamounts finally put the game out of reach when Tynka Patkova fired off a shot from the blue line to make things 3-1 with less than a minute to play.

It was a tough loss for the Orange, but after the loss to Penn State a few days ago, the team feels much more satisfied with how they played on the ice.

“I think that’s the best 60 minutes we’ve played so far,” Coach Smith said. “I’m very proud of the effort we showed today.”

Syracuse will look to pick up their first win in four games when they take on Vermont once more tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Tennity Ice Pavilion.