The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team defeated the Toronto Midget Aeros in its opening exhibition game for the 2014-2015 season, 2-0.
The game started off strong for the Lakers, having a clear advantage in time of possession within the first 10 minutes of the game. They had a multitude of shots on goal and opportunities, but could not capitalize.
Then, with 11:03 left in the first period, they finally got their break. Freshman Andrea Noss scored, with the assist from sophomore Alli Ulrich.
The Lakers played with tremendous effort and hustle, giving themselves many second chances, one of which led to their first goal.
Senior Bridget Smith, who started the first period, held the Midget Aeros scoreless, with some great saves.
Captain Tori Trovato entered the game in the second period, and played near flawless. She had a total of six saves, many of which came in one-on-one situations, and her skills made her no match for the opponent.
The Midget Aeros controlled the puck in the second period, and kept the defense busy; however, they made big plays when needed and were able to keep them scoreless again.
The story of the game, though, was Andrea Noss with her impressive Laker debut, scoring two goals, the freshman was the difference in the game.
In total, the Lakers outshot the Midget Aeros, 31-19. Noss delivered her second goal late in the third period on a power play to give the Lakers a cushion for the remainder of the game.
The Laker’s first regular season series begins next Friday Oct. 31st at Castleton State College. After playing New England College in New Hampshire the following night, they have their home opener against SUNY Cortland on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.