Oswego State Women’s Ice Hockey Shut Out in Season Opener Against Adrian, 3-0

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team struggled in the special teams category against Adrian College, as it failed to score on its six power play opportunities while allowing two power-play goals in a 3-0 loss to the Bulldogs on Friday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena.

In a game that featured 17 penalties and 34 penalty minutes, the Lakers finished 0-for-6, recording 18 shots. The Bulldogs found success on their power play, scoring twice on eight attempts, recording 13 shots.

The Bulldogs scored the lone goal in the first period on the power play at 11:27. Ashley Gniewek collected a rebound in front of the net and beat Oswego State goalie Bridget Smith (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) for the game’s first goal. Halfway through a tripping penalty, Adrian’s Olivia Rork wristed a shot on net that triggered a mass scramble in front. Smith saved shots from Danielle Smith and Kelly Salis before Gniewek snuck a shot under the legs of Smith.

Each team had three power play opportunities in the first period, but only Adrian was able to capitalize on the extra skater advantage. Oswego State’s best chance on the power play came during its first opportunity when it recorded five shots, including one by forward Melissa Seamont (So., North Bay, Ont.) that ricocheted off the crossbar. The Lakers recorded just two combined shots on their next two power plays.

After being outshot 7-2 in the first half of the first period, the Bulldogs registered 13 consecutive shots, outshooting the Lakers 15-8 in the opening period.

Adrian scored its second goal on the power play at 16:49 of the second period by Hanna McGowan after a turnover in the defensive end. With less than a minute remaining in a roughing penalty, the Bulldogs dumped the puck into their offensive zone. A defender retrieved the puck near the end line and attempted to clear the puck, but the attempt hit McGowan in the midsection in the slot. McGowan collected the puck and beat Smith stick side for the two-goal lead.

The Lakers outshot Adrian 13-9 in the second period, but were unable to get the puck past goalie Emily Michelin.

The Bulldogs sealed the victory with a goal late in third period by Kristin Maton at 16:55. Maton skated into the left faceoff circle and wristed a shot that was redirected in front by a Laker defender and into the back of the net past Smith for the team’s third goal of the game.

Smith finished with 27 saves on 30 shots faced in her collegiate debut, while Michelin finished with 40 saves, earning the shutout in net for the Bulldogs.

The Lakers dropped to 0-1-0 overall with the loss, while the Bulldogs improved to 1-0-0 with the victory.

Oswego State will face Adrian in the second game of a two-game series Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Campus Center Ice Arena.