Coming off a weekend sweep against SUNY Potsdam, outscoring the Bears 7-0, the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team plays Tuesday at home against Hamilton College. The Lakers return to the ice on only two days rest for their final contest before Thanksgiving break, their last home game until Jan. 16 versus Chatham University.
Over the weekend, the Lakers were dominant against the Bears, improving their ECAC West Conference record to 3-1. Friday night, Brianna Rice recorded the Lakers’ first hat trick of the season, potting one goal in each period. She scored again the next day as well, bringing her season total to five goals, good enough for the team lead.
Senior goalie Bridget Smith started both games, and did not allow a goal in either game. She stopped all 57 shots, improving her save percentage to an impressive .978, also a team high. Both her and captain Tori Trovato have been very impressive so far this year. Laker head coach Diane Dillon prefers to play the goalie that performed the best in practice that week. It is always up in the air, but both Smith and Trovato have been dominant this year.
Since 2009, the Lakers have struggled mightily against Hamilton College. They have only one win in the six games, and have been outscored 24 to 11. However, they have a big advantage this year. Hamilton is 0-3-1 this year, and has been outscored 10-3.
Although this is a non-conference game, Dillon spoke adamantly last week about not taking any games off, and focusing on both conference and non-conference games to improve their record. Currently, the Lakers are behind Buffalo State, Elmira and SUNY Plattsburgh in the ECAC West standings.
Puck drop begins at 2 p.m. from the Marano Campus Center Arena.