The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team trailed top-ranked Plattsburgh by two goals after two periods, but the Cardinals scored five goals in the final 20 minutes to hand the Lakers a 7-1 loss on Friday night at the Campus Center Arena in Oswego. Stephanie Moberg registered a hat trick to lead Plattsburgh, while Kristen Bond and Megan DiJulio added two goals each. The game was also “Pink at the Rink” night for Oswego State, which fell to 7-16-1 on the season and 5-11-1 in the ECAC West standings. The Cardinals improved to 21-1-2 overall and 16-0-1 in the league.
Plattsburgh struck first at 2:50 in the first period while short-handed as Emi Williams (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) stonewalled Brittany Meade on a breakaway. Williams lost track of the puck, though, as the save pulled her out of the crease where Stephanie Moberg pounced on the rebound for the goal. The Cardinals took a two-goal lead when Kristen Bond’s slap shot from the right point got past a screened Williams 11 seconds into Plattsburgh’s first power-play opportunity of the game at the 8:31 mark.
However, Oswego State cut the deficit in half minutes later when Jenna Kirkwood (Sr., Chilliwack, B.C.) tallied her 11th goal of the season after receiving a pass from Kelly Collins (So., Fairport, N.Y.) on an odd-skater rush. Jillian Bergeron (So., Brockville, Ont.) also was credited with an assist on the goal. The Cardinals had another skater advantage late in the frame resulting in Bond’s second score of the contest to give Plattsburgh a 3-1 lead at the break.
Physical play picked up in the second period as both squads combined to commit seven penalties. Emi Williams kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard for the majority of the frame with several sprawling saves, but Plattsburgh would not be denied late in the stanza. With a 5-on-3 skater edge, Moberg tallied her second goal as her shot from the left point went just underneath the crossbar at 18:02 to put the Cardinals ahead 4-1 after two periods.
At 8:09 in the third period, Moberg broke free from the Laker defense to pick up the hat trick by putting a shot through Williams’ five-hole to make the score 5-1 in favor of Plattsburgh. It became a 6-1 contest when Megan DiJulio flipped the puck over Williams’ shoulder after beating an Oswego State defender up the left side of the rink. DiJulio added another goal with 1:09 left in the game, as the Cardinals skated away with the 7-1 victory.
Emi Williams finished the night with 42 saves on 49 saves for the Lakers, while Mandy Mackrell made 13 saves for Plattsburgh.
The squads square off again on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Oswego as the Lakers celebrate Senior Day.
Story and Pictures Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information