OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team had its opportunities in the third period and overtime, but couldn’t find the game-winning goal, as the Lakers played Cortland to a 1-1 tie on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
The Lakers outshot the Red Dragons 44-20 for the game, including a 23-6 margin in the third period and overtime. Oswego State has tied Cortland five of its last six meetings dating back to the 2009-10 season.
After nearly two periods of scoreless hockey, the Lakers broke through with the game’s first goal on a deflection from forward Lauren Gilpin (Sr., Georgetown, Ont.) in front of the net at 16:57 of the second period to give the Oswego State a 1-0 lead. Defender Chelsea Hunt (So., Brockport, N.Y.) earned the assist on the play after firing a slap shot from the right faceoff circle through traffic. Hunt’s shot deflected off Gilpin’s stick before trickling past Cortland goaltender Katie Double.
The Lakers outshot the Red Dragons 15-8 in the second period despite committing three penalties over the course of the frame. Four of Cortland’s eight shots in the period were on the power play. Oswego State registered three shots on its only power play attempt of the second period, which was also its first for the game.
Cortland tied the game at one at 5:28 of the third period, capitalizing on its seventh power play opportunity of the game. After coming up empty on its first six power plays, recording seven shots on goal during the extra skater advantage, Cortland’s Julia Rapp scored off a rebound attempt in front of the net, beating Oswego State goaltender Catherine Cote (So., Val D’or, Quebec) stick side. Following a tripping penalty by Melissa Seamont (So., North Bay, Ont.), Cortland’s Jenn Fitzgerald wristed a shot on net from the right side of the ice that was saved by Cote. Cote surrendered a rebound attempt in front of the net, where Rapp was in position and was able to push the puck into the back of the net.
The Lakers had their best chance of the overtime period to win the game in the first 30 seconds, but Megan Howe (So., Stratford, Ont.) saw her shot ricochet off the far side post, denying Oswego State the victory.
The Lakers found themselves on the wrong side of the extra skater advantage throughout the game, as Oswego State took 10 penalties, resulting in 20 penalty minutes. Cortland registered 11 shots on goal during its 10 power play chances, including Rapp’s game-tying goal in the third period. The Red Dragons committed just five penalties, surrendering 13 shots but not allowing a goal. Cortland finished 1-for-10 with the extra skater, while Oswego State finished 0-for-5.
Double made 43 saves on 44 shots faced, including 14 and 19 saves in the second and third periods, respectively. Cote finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots faced. It was the first tie for both teams so far this season.
The Lakers recorded moves to 0-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the ECAC West. The Red Dragons record now sits at 2-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the ECAC West.
Oswego State will host Cortland on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in the second game of a two-game series at the Campus Center Ice Arena.