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Utica Beats Cortland

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Senior Carmen Johnson (Falls Church, VA/Washington Pride) scored with 52 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Utica women’s hockey team to a 3-2 win versus Cortland Saturday afternoon in ECAC West action at Alumni Arena. The Red Dragons fell to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference, while the Pioneers improved to 3-3 overall and in the league by sweeping the two-game home-and-home weekend series.

Senior Maggie Giamo (Orchard Park/RIT) and sophomore Abbie Adams (Potsdam/Cornwall Typhoons) scored Cortland’s goals with senior Chelsey Wright (Medford/Suffolk PAL) and junior Gina Tomei (Bronx/Sound Shore Warriors) picking up one assist each. Freshman goalie Deanna Meunier (Parsippany, NJ/New Jersey Rockets) made 36 saves.

Sophomore Kelsey Dowdall (Smiths Falls, ON/Nepean) and freshman Morgan Reed (Fort Myers, FL/Cushing Academy) netted Utica’s other goals. Senior Meghan McMahon (Gardner, MA/St. Mark’s) recorded two assists, and four others collected one assist each. Junior goalie Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca/Northwood School) stopped 16 shots.

Giamo gave Cortland a 1-0 lead at 15 minutes, 12 seconds of the first period when she knocked in a rebound of Tomei’s shot from the right faceoff circle. Dowdall tied the game at 1:55 of the second period on a rebound goal. Reed gave Utica the lead at 6:31 of the third period with a one-time shot on the left side off a feed from sophomore Nicole Schwartz (Danville, CA/San Jose Sharks). Adams tied the game on the power play just over a minute later with a shot that deflected in off a Utica defensman to set up overtime.

In the extra session, the Pioneers kept the puck in Cortland’s defensive zone and eventually worked a shot from the right point that Meunier saved. Johnson, however, put in the rebound for the game-winner at 4:08.

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Janet has been covering women's hockey for over 35 years. Along with a 38 year career in Public Relations and over 40 years photographing sports, she found a passion in women's hockey. Her initial story was on the founding of the Niagara University D1 program, she expanded to collegiate and youth and was active in the founding and promoting of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. When Professional Women's Hockey hit the ice she was there, one of the first to release the story in WNY. Along with her husband, Randy, people comment that if there's hockey, the Schultz's are there!