Foresters Knock Off Nation's 10th-Ranked Team in Overtime

Photo by Amanda Walker
Photo by Amanda Walker

A shorthanded goal by senior forward Sydney Simone 83 seconds into overtime on Saturday gave the home team a 2-1 triumph over the University of St. Thomas in the final game of the Lake Forest Invite.

The Tommies turned the puck over just inside their offensive zone and Simone made them pay, converting the breakaway opportunity for her second score of the season. It was also her second career shorthanded goal and third game-winner.

The game was tied thanks to Forester sophomore defenseman Olyvia Opsahl's first career goal with 4:42 remaining in regulation. She weaved through several Tommies before blasting a shot from the top of the left circle off the pipe and into the net.

St. Thomas led for almost exactly 20 minutes after opening the scoring at the 15:10 mark of the second period.

Lake Forest out-shot the visitors 26-17 during the first two periods and 35-27 in the game. Senior goaltender Jacque Rogers made 26 saves, including 10 in the third period, to earn the victory and even her record on the season at 2-2-0.

The Foresters are now 3-5-0 overall on the year while St. Thomas, the 10th-ranked team in the country, fell to 5-2-3.

Lake Forest will resume Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play at Trine University next weekend. The teams will face off Friday night at 7:00 ET and against Saturday at 2:00 p.m.