Laker women’s ice hockey team blanks Buff State

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Junior Mady Paul (Incline Village, Nevada) scored a pair of goals to lift the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team (8-8-1, 7-4-0 ECAC West) over Buffalo State (5-10-1, 2-5-0), 3-0, on Friday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Melissa Seamont (Jr., North Bay, Ontario) tallied the other Laker goal, while assisting both of Paul’s goals in Oswego State’s third shutout of the season. The teams square off again Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Lakers dictated play throughout most of the first period, but were kept off the scoreboard until Melissa Seamont (Jr., North Bay, Ontario) scored her sixth goal of the season during a 4-on-4 situation. Seamont lifted her shot over Bengal goalie Jordan Lee to give Oswego State a 1-0 lead headed into intermission.

Head coach Diane Dillon’s squad doubled its lead during the late stages of the second period at the 15:47 mark. Bianca Camillaci (Fr., Hilton, N.Y.) carried the puck into the zone up the left side before passing to Seamont in the crease. Seamont put a shot on goal, which was turned aside by Lee, but the puck landed on the tape of Paul’s stick as she was skating through the crease from right to left for her sixth marker of the year. The goal prompted Buffalo State to call timeout.

The Lakers maintained the two-goal lead deep into the third period, but the Bengals pulled Lee seconds after Oswego State was called for slashing with 3:03 left on the clock. The penalty-kill unit stood firm and applied enough pressure of its own to force Buffalo State to commit a tripping penalty with 1:20 remaining.

Once the Bengals gained control of the puck again, they pulled Lee for a final charge. Seamont forced a turnover near the Laker bench, then hit Paul with a pass for the empty-net, power-play goal with eight seconds to play.

Oswego State finished the game 1-for-9 on the power play, while Buffalo State went 0-for-2 as both of its power-play chances were cut short by penalties of its own.

Bridget Smith (So., Hamburg, N.Y.) logged 18 saves for her second shutout of the season. Jordan Lee stopped 29 shots in the losing effort.