OSWEGO, N.Y. – Mackenzie Lee played a role in all four Laker goals as the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team finished the regular season with a 4-1 victory over non-conference Castleton on Tuesday afternoon at the Campus Center Arena. Lee assisted the first two Laker scores before tallying two goals herself to set a new Oswego State single-season point record with 24. The win moved the Lakers to 13-9-3, while Castleton dropped to 5-18-2 overall.
The Spartans got on the scoreboard first with eight seconds remaining on an Oswego State interference penalty when Kaitlin Hayes slid the puck between Laker goalie Catherine Cote’s legs at 5:03 after receiving a feed from Jade Werger. Minutes later, Oswego State leveled the contest on a power play of its own right off the face-off in the Castleton zone when Carly Henderson got the puck past Spartan goalie Amanda Hoy. Mackenzie Lee and Jillian Bergeron earned assists on the play.
At 15:12, the Lakers took the lead when Lee hit Megan Howe with a pass as Howe found the back of the net with Oswego State short-handed. Lee tallied a goal of her own before the end of the period at 18:58 to give the Lakers a 3-1 lead at the break with Kathryn Sbrocchi earning the assist.
The second period was plagued with penalties for both squads, but neither team was able to capitalize on the scoring extra skater chances.
The third period followed the second period’s script until Lee netted her second goal of the game at 10:34. Lee won a face-off in the Oswego State zone just as a Castleton skater was returning from the penalty box, giving the Spartans a two-skater advantage. She split the defense, skated up the middle of the rink for the breakaway before finishing the play with her 15th goal of the season to put the Lakers ahead 4-1.
Cote finished the game with 25 saves, while Hoy compiled 39 saves in the losing effort. Oswego State ended the game going 1-for-7 on the power play compared to Castleton going 1-for-10.
Lee broke the single-season record of 22 points set by Jessica Lister during the 2006-07 season.
Fifth-seeded Oswego State will now travel to fourth-seeded Neumann on Saturday, Feb. 26 where it will face the Knights in the first round of the ECAC Women’s West Playoffs at 4 p.m. The winner will face either No. 1-seed RIT at 3 p.m. or No. 2-seed Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. in Rochester on Saturday, Mar. 5 based on which team is the lowest remaining seed.