Oswego State Women’s Hockey Defeats Cortland, 2-1, For Season’s First Win

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Forward Melissa Seamont (So., North Bay, Ont.) netted a goal and an assist, as the Lakers defeated Cortland, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Campus Center Ice Arena in the second game of the two-game series with the Red Dragons.

Oswego State earned three out of a possible four points in the weekend series to begin conference play in the competitive ECAC West. The Lakers dominated puck possession throughout the majority of the game, outshooting Cortland 41-17 for the game.

The Lakers jumped on Cortland early, scoring their first goal at 1:22 of the first period on a goal by forward Mackenzie Lee (Sr., Caledonia, N.Y.). Seamont fed Lee with a pass from behind the Cortland net in front to Lee, who one-timed a shot past Cortland goaltender Katie Double’s glove side.

Oswego State surpassed Friday’s goal total in the first period alone, netting its second goal at 18:57 of the opening frame on the power play. Following a Cortland penalty, forward Olivia Boersen (So., Stratford, Ont.) wristed a shot toward the front of the net that deflected off Seamont’s stick and into the back of the net past Double. Seamont came into the game pointless, but registered a goal and an assist in the first period alone.

Despite controlling the majority of the second period, the Lakers lost the shutout on the scoreboard. The Red Dragons got on the board at 17:22 of the second period on a 5-on-3 power play. Following a slashing penalty that gave the Red Dragons a two-skater advantage, Cortland won the ensuing faceoff and got the puck to Gina Tomei in the slot. Tomei wristed a shot from the point that was deflected by Kellie Micillo in front of the net and beat Oswego State goalie Bridget Smith (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) for Cortland’s first goal of the game.

The Lakers held Cortland to just four shots in the second period, but the visitors capitalized on the number of scoring opportunities they had throughout the period. Three of Cortland’s four shots in the period came on the power play. The Lakers took three consecutive penalties in the second half of the second period, as the team played a skater down for the majority of the latter part of the period.

Oswego State committed nine penalties for the game and gave the Red Dragons eight power play opportunities. But the penalty killing unit managed to kill off seven of the eight penalties, as Cortland finished 1-for-8 on the power play. The Lakers had limited chances with the extra attacker, but did score once, finishing 1-for-3 on the power play.

The Laker defense held Cortland to just five shots in the third period and kept them for scoring the equalizing goal unlike the day before. Oswego State surrendered just nine shots to the Red Dragons while playing at even strength.

Smith made 16 saves on 17 shots faced to earn the win in net for the Lakers in her first regular season appearance. Double finished with 39 saves in a losing effort for the Red Dragons.

The win moves the Lakers to 1-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in ECAC West play, while the loss drops Cortland to 2-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in ECAC West play.

The Lakers will play at Utica College on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.