Foresters Come Back to Defeat Stevens Point in Overtime
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, the Lake Forest College women's hockey team defeated visiting UW-Stevens Point 4-3 in overtime on Sunday. Freshman Marissa Weber tied the game late in the third period and netted the game-winner with 1:52 to play in overtime.
It was Weber's second two-goal game since joining the team prior to the spring semester, giving her four goals on the season. The overtime score came on the power play and was assisted by seniors Kim Herring and Molly Wallner.
Stevens Point started the game with goals at 6:21, 7:23, and 17:52 in the opening period. The Pointers out-shot the Foresters 17-13 during the game's first 20 minutes.
Lake Forest got on the scoreboard at 5:46 in the second period when junior Jenn Caldwell lit the lamp for the fifth time this season. She was assisted by Herring and senior Jessica Dare. The home team pulled to within one less than six minutes later when Dare scored for the eighth time this year. Sophomore Stephanie Slinde and junior Angie Chronis were each credited with an assist.
The Foresters had a 16-11 edge in shots on goal in the second period and a 12-5 advantage in the third. Weber finally tied the game on an unassisted goal with 2:22 to play in regulation.
Lake Forest sophomore goaltender Stacey Dierking entered the game at the beginning of the second period and stopped all 19 shots she faced, including three in overtime. She earned the victory and is now 7-4-2 on the season with a 2.06 goals against average and .935 save percentage.
The dramatic victory came a day after the Pointers defeated the Foresters 2-1, also on a power play goal in overtime.
Lake Forest is now 13-7-2 overall and 12-5-1 in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play while Stevens Point fell to 10-11--2 overall and 9-8-1 in the league. The Foresters remain in third place in the league standings with 25 points, two more than the College of St. Scholastica and three more than Adrian College, where Lake Forest will play in the final series of the regular season next weekend. Friday night's game will begin at 7:00 (EST) and Saturday afternoon's at 2:00 (EST). The top four team in the conference standings will host quarterfinal series the following weekend.