ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team (10-13-2, 8-8-2 ECAC West) came up just short in similar goal-trading style of Saturday night’s game, as the Lakers fell 4-3 to seventh-ranked Elmira (20-4-1, 15-3-0 ECAC West) Sunday afternoon.
First period excitement began right away with a goal by Elmira’s Kathryn Walker just 24 seconds into the game with assists awarded to Alex McPhail and Lauren Campbell. Sophomore Jocelyn St. Clair (Cambridge, Ontario) tied the game with a power-play goal at 8:34 in the period with her fifth goal of the season, as Megan Howe (So., Stratford, Ontario) earned a helper.
Elmira came back to take the lead at 16:06 in the first when McPhail scored her second goal of the season. Scoring was not done in the period, though, as nearly three minutes later, the Lakers capitalized on their second power play. Carly Henderson (So., Markham, Ontario) tied up the game for the second time with assists from St. Clair and Leah McNaughton (Sr., Embro, Ontario) to send both teams into intermission even at 2-2.
Melissa Seamont (So., North Bay, Ontario) gave the Lakers the lead for the first time in the game at 8:10 in the second period, as Howe recorded her second assist. Oswego State held on to the advantage for most of the period until Tori Charron tied the score at 16:59 for her 18th goal of the season.
However, the game-winning goal came with one second remaining on the clock in the second period from Lauren Campbell’s stick.
Oswego State took a timeout four seconds into the third period and goalie Catherine Cote (So., Val D’Or, Quebec) was pulled for the final 52 seconds, but it was unable to capitalize with the extra attacker. Cote stopped a total of 26 shots in the losing effort, while Elmira’s Lauren Sullivan registered 22 stops.
Oswego State hosts its first home playoff game in program history on Saturday, February 25 when it plays Neumann at 1 p.m. in the ECAC West First Round. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for SUNY Oswego students.