Photo be Jennifer Levine
(SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.) - A second half comeback attempt came up short for Lake Erie as it fell 14-12 in a remake game against Slippery Rock on Tuesday afternoon. The Storm (7-7) trailed by as many as five goals in the first half while the Rock (6-8) defended its home turf with its sixth win in seven games there.
SRU took the early advantage jumping out to a 6-1 margin before a part of goals by Anna Spin and Riley Heffron cut the deficit to 6-3 with 4:15 left in the opening frame. Slippery Rock scored the final goal of the half, but the momentum was starting to generate for the Storm.
The hosts attempted to distance themselves from the Storm with three consecutive goals in a 2:32 span in the middle of the second half, but Lake Erie was able to answer with three of its own. Spin provided the first and third in the run with the initial coming on an assist from Cynthia Saxby. Meagan Maxwell provided the second.
After the Rock scored the next two, Lake Erie closed the game out with four of the final five goals. That included the final three with another pair from Spin followed by one by Maxwell. That set the final score with 3:27 to go, but time ran out on the Storm.
Spin finished the day with six goals, two assists, and seven draw controls. Chloe Nottingham and Maxwell both added two goals each. Ireland Kennedy was strong defensively with six ground balls. Harmony Moore made 11 saves on the day with five ground balls herself.
The Storm returns to action and will wrap up the regular season in conference play with a pair of games this weekend. First up is a trip to Findlay on Friday. Opening draw with the Oilers is set for 4 p.m.