Women's ice hockey defeats Oswego in high-scoring game

Stephanie Miguel '11
Stephanie Miguel '11

Stephanie Miguel '11 scored two goals and added an assist to lead Hamilton College to a 7-4 win against SUNY Oswego in a non-conference game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 19.

Hamilton (6-7-0 overall) avenged a 5-1 loss at Oswego back on Nov. 23, and now leads the all-time series, 3-1. The seven goals are a season high for the Continentals. Hamilton is 2-1 after three games of this seven-game homestand.

Abby Runyon '13, Katie Zimmerman '13 and Laura DiCarlo '12 all had a goal and an assist for the Continentals. Christie Sharlow '11, Meredith Bitterman '12 and Becky Cairns '11 had two assists each.

Kelly Collins '12 tallied two goals, and Jillian Bergeron '12 added a goal and an assist for the Lakers (7-6-3). Mackenzie Lee '12 notched her team-leading ninth goal of the season.

Miguel gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead at 14:27 of the first period when she scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway opportunity. Oswego drew even with 1:39 left in the first on a power-play goal. Chelsea Hunt '14 shot the puck just to the right of the goal from the point. It bounced off Melissa Seamont '14 and went right to Collins, who threw in a backhand from just outside the crease. The Continentals took the lead back just 18 seconds later on a slap shot from above the left circle by Nikki Haskins '14.

Collins tied the score again at 4:27 of the second period when she knocked in a rebound after Hamilton's Tori Bogen '14 saved a shot by Kristin Metzger '13. The Continentals seized the lead for good at 5:46. Cairns skated behind the net and found Runyon left of the crease for a one-timer. Zimmerman made the score 4-2 with 3:07 left in the second when she scored with her backhand off a rebound of a shot by Runyon.

Lee pulled the Lakers within one with 2:01 remaining in the period. She skated in from the right side and launched a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle into the back of the net. Kristen Pallen '12 restored Hamilton's two-goal cushion with her second this season on a scramble in front with 1:36 left in the second.

Oswego's second power-play goal of the night made the score 5-4 at 4:48 of the third period, as Bergeron's wrist shot from the high slot was her third goal this season. Miguel staked the Continentals to a 6-4 lead with her fourth goal on a wrist shot from the slot just six seconds after a Hamilton power play had expired at 7:25. DiCarlo clinched the win with her first goal this season with 5:36 remaining. The puck was loose in the right circle, DiCarlo skated onto it and lifted a wrist shot past Lakers' goalie Catherine Cote '14.

Oswego was 2-for-7 on the power play, and killed all six chances for the Continentals. Hamilton did enjoy a 38-26 shot advantage. Bogen made 22 saves for the winners, and Cote turned aside 31 shots.

The Continentals host nationally ranked Amherst College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference game on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Lakers host Chatham in ECAC West action on Saturday as well.

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