Lakers sweep two game set

Ashley Lyman moves the puck along the boards ahead of a SUNY Canton player. She was one of three freshmen to score for the Lakers this afternoon. (Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian)
Ashley Lyman moves the puck along the boards ahead of a SUNY Canton player. She was one of three freshmen to score for the Lakers this afternoon. (Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian)

The Oswego State women’s hockey team’s high-powered offense was at it again this afternoon, scoring at least one goal in each period en route to a 6-1 win against SUNY Canton, its second win against the Kangaroos in as many days.

The win brings Oswego State’s overall record to 8-2-1 (4-1-1 ECAC West), while Canton falls to 4-5-2 on the season.

Freshman Kendall Appelbaum and sophomore Bailee Goodon each scored two goals and starting goaltender Bridget Smith finished with 13 saves in the victory.

The Lakers exploded for three first period goals against Canton goaltender Shayna Dominique. Oswego State won the opening faceoff and scored its first goal just 2:12 into the game.

After a barrage of Laker shots on goal, a Canton defender tried to move the puck through her zone to clear it. However, Goodon poked the puck away and it bounced off Dominique’s pads and inched into the net, giving the Lakers a 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, Canton defender Caroline Mundy was called for a five-minute major penalty for sending Oswego State’s Erika Truschke into the boards at the 12:45 mark.

The Lakers used the advantage to score their second goal of the game at the 15:16 mark when Appelbaum deflected a loose rebound past Dominique. Megan Hagg sent a shot from the top of the zone, which was stopped by the Canton net minder. However, Appelbaum poked the puck away and pushed it to the back of the net, putting the Lakers on top 2-0.

Oswego State added its third goal of the afternoon with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the opening period. Hagg brought the puck around the back of Canton’s net and flipped the puck to Bridget Hamlin, who sent it home with a one-timer. The goal was the freshman’s fifth of the season and second goal in as many games.

The Lakers finished the period with a 21-5 advantage in shots on goal, keeping the pressure off Smith and the defensive unit. Dillon said she was thrilled with the way her team jumped out to an early lead.

The second period saw the Lakers continue to control the time of possession, as Oswego State outshot the Kangaroos 16-4 and added two more goals.

After a relatively uneventful first 15 minutes of the period, Oswego State upped its pressure and wreaked havoc in the neutral zone. After a Canton turnover, Goodon found the puck and skated into the Canton zone untouched. She fired a shot that sailed over the net, but the rebound bounced off the boards and found Goodon, who sent it through Dominique’s legs for the goal.

Senior Megan Hagg contributed on two of Oswego State's six goals today en route to its eighth win of the season. (Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian)
Senior Megan Hagg contributed on two of Oswego State’s six goals today en route to its eighth win of the season. (Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian)

The Lakers scored their fifth goal with 40.1 seconds remaining when Ashley Lyman sent a high shot toward the net. Dominique slowed the puck down with her glove, but could not control the puck, as it bounced off the glove and into the net, giving Oswego State a 5-1 lead.

Canton got on the board just 20 seconds later, when Jessica Kistabish pushed the puck through the Laker zone and beat Smith, cutting the deficit to 5-1 heading into the final period.

The Lakers continued to dominate the puck in the third period, outshooting Canton 12-5. Oswego State added its sixth and final goal with 2:49 remaining when Appelbaum sent home a rebound off a Chelsea Hunt shot on goal. Hunt and Hagg were each credited with assists on the goal, which was Appelbaum’s second of the afternoon.

The Laker defense kept the Kangaroos at bay for the remainder of the game and Oswego State secured a 6-1 victory to sweep the season series.