OSWEGO, N.Y. – Alex Szypryt scored a shorthanded goal midway through the third period to give the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team a critical 2-1 conference win over visiting Potsdam Friday night. The physical contest proved to be a goaltending duel as both netminders combined to make 74 saves with the Lakers’ Emi Williams posting 33 saves and the Bears’ Dawna Salvarinas stopping 41 shots.
The Lakers picked up two important points in the ECAC West standings improving to 1-3-3 and 3-4-3 overall, while the Bears fell to 1-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in conference play. Both teams will square off again Saturday at 3 p.m. in Oswego.
The Lakers had a two quality scoring opportunities in the third and fourth minutes of play with a 3-on-1 rush and a point-blank shot by Mackenzie Lee, but Salvarinas stopped both chances. In the final minute of the first period, Lauren Gilpin intercepted a pass at the blue line and skated down the center of the rink for the breakaway. However, Salvarinas made a pad save as Gilpin’s shot went near the right goal post to send the teams into the intermission deadlocked at 0-0.
Olivia Boersen opened the scoring for the Lakers at the 3:38 mark in the second period when she lit the lamp by sneaking the puck inside the right post after receiving a pass from Jillian Bergeron. Potsdam evened the contest when it scored 12 seconds into a 5-on-3 chance at 12:45. Breanna Roy sent a pass from the right point down to the left side of the net where Annmarie Lewis was sitting on the doorstep to tap the puck into an open goal.
The Bears appeared to take the lead minutes later when Jessica Silveira deflected in a shot by Brandi Atwell, but the goal was waved off as the officials ruled the puck was put in by a high stick.
Midway through the third period, Lee dug the puck out of the deep right corner as the Lakers were fighting off a penalty. She maintained control of the puck long enough to draw two defenders before slipping it to Alex Szypryt, who was waiting in the slot for the pass. Szypryt slipped the puck past Salvarinas at 9:36 for her first goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.
The Laker penalty kill unit stepped up for the second consecutive game as Potsdam went 1-for-11 with an extra attacker. Oswego State ended the game 0-for-3 on the power play.