Oswego State Women’s Hockey Suffers 4-2 Setback To Chatham

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Chatham tallied two goals on special teams to hand the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team a 4-2 loss at the Campus Center Arena on Sunday afternoon. After both teams exploded for five first-period goals, it was a late third-period goal late that proved to be the final blow as Leah Naughton scored with 4:51 remaining in the game. The Cougars completed the sweep to move to 2-8-2 in the conference standings and 4-10-3 overall, while the Lakers dropped to 5-11-0 overall and 3-7-0 in the ECAC West.

The scoring started two minutes into the game when Chatham capitalized on an Oswego State hooking penalty. Jessica Rattle’s shot from the center of the blue line appeared to be deflected just in front of Laker netminder Emi Williams (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska).

Oswego State responded seconds later with a goal from Jillian Bergeron (So., Brockville, Ont.). The play was set up by an Angie Friesen (Sr., Chilliwack, B.C.) blast from the blue line, as Cougar goalie Brenn Scott made the initial save. However, she was unable to corral the rebound, which eventually led to Bergeron’s goal. Jenna Kirkwood (Sr., Chilliwack, B.C.) and Alex Szypryt (Fr., Bridgewater, N.J.) were credited with the assists.

The Lakers took a 2-1 lead when Friesen was able to get a shot past Scott, who was screened, for her second goal of the season with the assist going to Erica Shapey (Jr., Plainview, N.Y.) at the 5:33 mark in the first. Chatham had an answer of its own when Lauren Campbell beat the defender on the right side, skated across the crease, and pounded home the puck near the midway point.

However, the scoring was not done as the Cougars tallied a short-handed goal at 12:31. Dawson Bancroft-Short took advantage of a neutral ice turnover on the penalty kill and wrested a shot top-shelf for the 3-2 advantage after one period.

Chatham maintained its’ one-goal lead through the second period until the latter stages of the third stanza when the Cougars added an insurance goal at 15:09. Leah McNaughton managed to get her stick on the puck as several players were fighting to gain possession, giving Chatham a 4-2 lead.

The Lakers struggled on the power play going 0-for-8, including 0-for-4 in the second period. Emi Williams recorded 19 saves on 23 shots in the losing effort, as she fell to 5-8-0 on the season. The Cougars’ Brenn Scott made 30 saves on 32 shots.

Oswego State will travel to Cortland on Saturday, Jan. 30 to take on the Red Dragons in a weekend series. Both games are slated to start at 2 p.m.

Box Score: http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/wchtosw1.j24