Oswego State defeated Neumann University on Friday night for its fourth consecutive victory, 4-1. The Lakers improved to 6-2-0 (4-1-0 in conference) and The Knights fell to 1-8-1 (1-6-0 in conference play).
Despite the outcome, both teams maintained their places in the ECAC West standings. Oswego State holds fourth seed, while Neumann holds onto ninth.
The score was tied at one entering the third period, but like they have shown many times this year, the Lakers have the ability to score quickly and in bunches. They scored three goals in the final period to pull away, with the tallies coming in less than a 10-minute span.
Senior Bridget Smith started in the goal, and maintained her impressive defense in her final year as a Laker. She saved 24 of 25 shots throughout the game, with the one goal surrendered in the first period.
Goals were scored for Oswego State by Kendall Applebaum, who scored twice, Andrea Noss, and Alexa Aramburu.
A very positive note for the Lakers on Friday night was their efficiency on the power play, something that they have struggled with all year. Coming into the game, the Lakers were only 2 for 26 on power plays, but went 2 for 3 against the Knights.
Oswego State finishes up the first half of its season Saturday afternoon with another contest at Neumann University.
Oswego State currently trails Buffalo State in the ECAC West standings, but have the potential to gain some ground with a victory on Saturday.
Buffalo State lost 7-0 to SUNY Plattsburgh on Friday, and play the No.1 ranked Cardinals again on Saturday. With a loss by the Bengals and a Laker win, Oswego State would jump them in the standings because of out of conference record. Buffalo State is 5-4-2 overall, with an 0-2-2 out of conference record. Oswego State is 6-2-0 overall, with a 2-1-0 out of conference record.
Puck drop is at 3 p.m., as Oswego State looks to win its eighth consecutive matchup against Neumann, and finish the first half of the season on a five-game winning streak.