The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team goes into the winter break riding a five-game winning streak following a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon in Oswego. The Lakers received two goals from Kelly Collins and Megan Howe to improve to 6-4-3 overall, while the Pioneers fell to 2-13-0.
The Oswego State offense picked up right where it left off from Friday’s game as Carly Henderson scored 1:31 into the contest after receiving a feed from Kristin Metzger while on the power play. Kelly Collins doubled the lead with five minutes remaining in the period with her fifth goal of the season with the assist going to Mackenzie Lee. The Lakers carried the 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Sacred Heart tallied its first marker of the weekend at 2:10 in the second period when Tara Kent got the puck past Oswego State goalie Catherine Côté to make the score 2-1. Assists were given to Jackie Galvin and Caitlin Gottwald. The Pioneers evened the game before the end of the stanza on a power play when Lauren Fontaine’s shot from the point got through traffic into the back of the net after getting a pass from Kent. However, the Lakers responded with a power play goal of their own with 46.5 seconds left in the period. Brenna Weber took a shot from the point that was deflected into the net by Megan Howe for her first goal of the game. Chelsea Hunt also earned an assist on the goal.
Midway through the third period, Lauren Gilpin threw a shot on goal that got caught in a defender’s legs, but fell to the ice before reaching Sacred Heart goalie Alexius Schutt. Howe was waiting for the loose puck, pounding it home for her second goal of the game to put Oswego State ahead 4-2. The Lakers’ final goal of the game came again on the power play as Collins carried the puck from the right corner of the offensive zone through the crease before sliding a shot past Schutt at 13:57.
Oswego State finished the game 3-for-7 with the extra attacker, while the Pioneers went 1-for-3.
Côté picked up her first collegiate win stopping 14 of the 16 shots she faced. Schutt finished the contest with 34 saves in the losing effort.
The Lakers have a lengthy break before returning to the rink on Friday, Jan. 14 against Neumann in Aston, Pa.