Laker Gameday Preview: Oct. 31 at Castleton State College

Oswego State women’s ice hockey’s regular season begins tonight against Castleton State College at 7 p.m.  Coming off of a 2-0 exhibition victory against the Toronto Midget Aeros, the Lakers are starting the season with a good amount of momentum.

During the game, the Lakers outshot their opponent, 31-19, and showed great offensive potential. Head coach Diane Dillon spotted out a few offensive problems, including scoring only two goals on 31 shots. The defense played very sound as well, holding the Midget Aeros scoreless.

The Castleton State College Spartans are coming off a year in which they reached the ECAC East Championship for the first time in school history, finishing the season with a 16-11-2 record. The Spartans are returning 17 players, but will be under the leadership of their new head coach, Steph Moberg. Along with the Lakers, the Spartans are coming into the season with momentum knowing what they accomplished last year. With a significant amount of players returning this year, they have a good chance to repeat or surpass last year’s results.

In her first game at Oswego State, freshman forward Andrea Noss scored twice, took a number of shots on goal, and looks to continue on that track.

Forwards Anna Daniels and Lisa Kilroy lead Castleton State College, along with last season’s ECAC East Goaltender of the year, Paula Stephens. Stephens only allowed 37 goals in 1,366 minutes played.

Junior captain and goalie Tori Trovato, only played one period in the Lakers’ exhibition game. However, she made numerous saves to keep potential goals out and showed exactly why she is a top choice to start, as well as why she wears the C on her jersey. She very well could be patrolling the crease tonight. Although, senior assistant captain Bridget Smith is also in contention for time in net.

Oswego State is 5-1 overall against Castleton State under Dillon. This will be the third year in a row that these teams have started theseason against each other, splitting the last two.