OSWEGO — The Oswego State women’s hockey team travels to Utica College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game, and hosts Nazareth College this Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Lakers (10-6-4, 7-4-4 Northeast Women’s Hockey League) defeated Morrisville State on Wednesday night 4-2 after scoring three unanswered goals in the third period. The team now has sole possession of second place in the NEWHL standings.
The Lakers’ victory over Morrisville State Wednesday was its first win since Jan. 11, which happened to be a 4-3 result over the Mustangs. Amber Thomas, Philomena Teggart and Kate Randazzo all had two-point nights. Thomas had two assists, while Teggart and Randazzo had a goal and an assist. Eryn Stewart and Megan Teachout also scored. Rachael Farmer made 16 saves.
Oswego State has a 3-2 record when it faces non-conference teams, most recently losing to Hamilton College 2-1 on Jan. 28.
It has only been a couple of years since the Pioneers were part of the same league as the Lakers, both in the ECAC West before Oswego State joined the NEWHL, along with several other SUNY schools.
Utica (7-12-1, 7-4-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference) holds a 15-8-2 record over the Lakers all-time, though Oswego State won the most recent tilt between the two teams on Jan. 7, 2018, which was a 5-2 win on the Lakers’ home ice. Randazzo had two assists in the game, while Natalie Giglio scored a goal.
No current players from the Pioneers recorded a point, but goaltender Bria Reilly made 18 saves in nearly 20 minutes of relief after Utica allowed the third goal.
The Pioneers come in with a 2-2-1 record in their last five games, most recently losing to Nazareth on Wednesday. Carolyn Whitney scored the lone Utica goal while on the power play, with assists from Holly Silva and Olivia Hirschy. Reilly made 36 saves in the loss.
With the power-play goal, Utica has a 12.8 percent success rate while on the player-advantage, and has killed 80.4 percent of its penalties.
Georgiana Santullo and Erica Sloan are tied with 13 points each for the Pioneers. Santullo, along with Whitney, lead the team with seven goals. Whitney has also recorded a short-handed goal this season.
The Pioneers’ most recent opponent, Nazareth, is only in its second year as a program, managing a 15-2-3 overall record, while going 9-1-2 in the UCHC. The Golden Flyers sit in second place in the UCHC North division, trailing nationally-ranked Elmira College. It has been a couple of weeks, but Nazareth was receiving votes in the USCHO poll for Division III women’s hockey.
The Flyers have not lost a game since Jan. 7, which was a 3-1 loss to Hamilton. Nazareth has compiled a 6-0-2 record since that loss. Nazareth’s roster is filled with only one junior, a transfer from Morrisville State, while housing 19 sophomores, 18 of which were on the inaugural team, and seven freshmen.
In the game between Utica and Nazareth on Wednesday, Celena Rea and Makenna Wiljanen both had multi-point games, recording a goal and an assist each. Hailey Redders rounded out the scoring for the Flyers. Adrianna Brehm made 18 saves in the victory.
Oswego State played against Nazareth last season in a neutral-site contest at the Allyn Arena in Skaneateles. The game ended in a 1-1 overtime tie that included a power-play goal from both teams. Giglio was the lone scorer from the Lakers, while Avery Webster and Stewart tacked on assists. Redders scored Nazareth’s goal with assists from Nikolle Van Stralen and Keeley Rose. Brehm made 27 saves.