Lakers sweep annual “Pink the Rink” weekend series

The Lakers celebrate their first goal of the third period during last Saturday’s 6-1 win over Stevenson.  (Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian)
The Lakers celebrate their first goal of the third period during last Saturday’s 6-1 win over Stevenson. (Perry Kennedy | The Oswegonian)

The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team swept its “Pink the Rink” weekend series with Stevenson College this past weekend, winning 6-1 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday.

The Lakers played well on the offensive end in the series’ opening game, receiving six goals from six different players.

“Every line is becoming a threat,” head coach Diane Dillon said. “It’s great to have balanced scoring because it means we have a lot of threats and it’s hard to play against us.”

Stevenson fell behind early when Mady Paul and Brennan Butler scored Oswego State’s first two goals, both coming in the seventh minute of the first period. Paul kicked off the scoring when she and freshman Bridget Hamlin came down the ice on a 2-on-1 breakaway. Hamlin sent Paul a cross-ice pass and the Lakers’ assistant captain finished the play with a shot that beat the Mustangs’ Sarah Modzelewski.

Less than 20 seconds later, the puck bounced in the Laker’s favor to give Oswego State another goal. With the Lakers attacking, a Mustang defender tried to clear the puck from behind her own net. The puck hit Butler’s skate and inched past Modzelewski’s glove.

Captain Olivia Boersen scored her team’s third goal with just 24 seconds left in the first period. After a scramble in front of the net, Boersen found the loose puck and put it home.

“Mine was pretty much just luck,” Boersen said of her goal. “That’s what we need to do. We need to just bury the garbage in front of the net. That’s girl’s hockey in a nutshell.”

After a scoreless second period, freshman defender Alli Ullrich scored the Lakers’ only power play goal in five opportunities. Assistant captain Jocelyn St. Clair fired a shot from the slot with players from both teams surrounding Modzelewski’s net.

Modzelewski made the save, but Ullrich, fighting down low along with St. Clair, was there to lift the rebound over Modzelewski’s pad.

Later in the period, sophomore Lizzy Marks scored the Lakers’ fifth goal on a breakaway and St. Clair capped off the scoring with a goal in the last minute of play.

Tori Trovato, starting her second game in a row, saved 21 of the Mustangs’ 22 shots.

The teams returned to the Campus Center ice on Sunday afternoon for the series finale as the Lakers used two early first period goals to complete the sweep, 2-1.

After struggling on the power play on Saturday, Oswego State captain Olivia Boersen opened up the scoring with a goal while her team was up a skater at 2:02 of the first period off a feed from the afternoon’s starting goalie, junior Bridget Smith. Smith had a solid day in net, stopping 10 of 11 shots faced.

The Lakers wrapped up their scoring 40 seconds later, when the freshmen duo of Ashley Lyman and Erika Truschke teamed up to expand the lead to two with Lyman putting away a rebound off Truschke’s initial shot.

The Mustangs found an answer at 4:20 of the period off the stick of sophomore Jessie Capanelli. Capanelli finished off an extended fight in front of the Laker net as fellow sophomores Liana Vazquez and Keeley Cook picked up assists.

Stevenson goalie Anastassia Nelson finished the game with 30 saves. Nelson went on to stop 28 consecutive shots after Lyman’s goal to hold the Lakers scoreless for the final 55:40 of play.

Oswego State returns to the ice this weekend with a two-game series at SUNY Cortland. The Lakers and Red Dragons will play first tonight at 7 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.