OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team held a two-goal lead less than six minutes into the game against non-conference Hamilton, but the Continentals (6-6-0) scored three unanswered goals for a 3-2 win over the Lakers (7-6-0) Tuesday night. Nikki Haskins’ rebound goal at 16:43 in the third period completed the comeback for the visitors.
Oswego State lit the lamp early in the first period when Kelly Collins (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) found space in the slot to rip a shot past Hamilton goalie Becca Hazlett at the 5:14 mark. Mady Paul (So., Incline Village, Nevada) and Leah McNaughton (Jr., Embro, Ont.) were also credited with assists on the play. On the ensuing shift, Carly Marchment (Fr., Courtice, Ont.) made the score 2-0 after she managed to get her stick on a puck that was loose in the crease. Kathryn Sbrocchi (Sr., Mississauga, Ont.) received an assist on the marker scored at 5:40.
The Lakers appeared to being heading into the locker room with all of the momentum until Stephanie Lang scored her fifth goal of the season to put Hamilton on the scoreboard with 40 seconds left in the first period.
Play went up and down the ice throughout the second period, as Oswego State maintained the 2-1 lead with one period left. Midway through the third frame, the Lakers were whistled for a pair of penalties, giving the Continentals a two-skater advantage for two minutes. Hamilton capitalized when Riley Smith’s shot got behind Oswego State netminder Catherine Cote (So., Val D’Or, Que.) just over a minute into the power plays with assists going to Meredith Bitterman and Emily Baxter. After one player was released from the box, the Continentals were unable to score with the 5-on-4 chance.
It seemed as if the game was destined for overtime until Cote stopped a slap shot from Bitterman at the center of the blue line. However, the rebound went right to Haskins, who tapped the puck into the goal at 16:43, seconds after a Hamilton timeout.
Oswego State called timeout with 1:07 to play to organize a final offensive. The Lakers won the next faceoff, allowing Cote to race back to the bench giving Oswego State the extra attacker. Oswego State was unable to get any quality shots on goal before the horn sounded.
Cote finished the game with 14 saves. Hazlett stopped two goals on 13 shots in 31:04 before being relieved by Sarah Schuchardt, who registered 14 saves in the remaining time to record her first collegiate win.
Oswego State returns to ECAC West action on Saturday when it starts a two-game set against Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. in Oswego.