OSWEGO, N.Y. – Forward Kelly Collins set the tone early for the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team with two first-period goals to help the Lakers defeat Potsdam, 5-2, to complete the series sweep. Collins scored 17 seconds into the contest, and the Oswego State offense never looked back. The Lakers moved to 2-3-3 in the ECAC West standings and 4-4-3 overall, while the Bears fell to 1-6-0 on the season and 1-5-0 in the league.
Oswego State applied pressure from the opening face-off resulting in a scramble in front of the goal with Kelly Collins coming away with an unassisted goal. Following a Potsdam body checking penalty later in the period, Collins added her second goal of the game when she lifted a shot clanged off the underside of the crossbar into the net at 16:33. Melissa Seamont and Megan Howe were awarded assists on the goal that gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
Oswego State tacked on two more goals in the first half of the second period with a power play goal from the stick of Howe at 2:40 and Emily Grippin’s first score of the season at 8:29. The Bear power play unit got the visitors on the scoreboard with 11.6 seconds remaining in the frame when Caitlin Manahan’s wraparound attempt was stopped by Laker goalie Emi Williams. However, Stephanie Simons was there to put home the rebound to make the score 4-1.
Collins continued to cause problems for the Potsdam defense in the third period as she carried the puck up the right side of the ice, firing a shot on goal. Bear goaltender Jen Conophy made the save, but left the rebound sitting right in front for Jillian Bergeron to flip into the back of the net to build the Oswego State lead to four goals. However, Potsdam was not finished as it responded on the ensuing face-off with a marker by Emma Smetaniuk at 6:34.
Emi Williams tallied 39 saves in the win, while her counterpart, Jen Conophy made 45 saves. The Lakers continue their current homestand next weekend when they host Division I Sacred Heart University starting on Friday at 3 p.m.