In their first ever game as a member of the NEWHL, the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team defeated Buffalo State 3-0 on Saturday. With the victory, the Lakers move to 2-1 overall with a 1-0 conference record while the Bengals drop to 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.
Although Oswego State was outshot in the contest, the Lakers remained in control mainly because of the amount of faceoffs won and their timely goals. In the first period, Oswego State’s Eryn Stewart opened the scoring with her second goal of the season on an assist from senior Olivia Ellis. After a Victoria Rankin goal in the second and an injury to Buffalo State’s starting goalie Justine Silva, Ellis capped off the Lakers’ scoring to seal the game.
Before exiting the game, Justine Silva made 20 saves for the Bengals while also allowing two goals. Mariah Madrigal played all 60 minutes of the game in goal for the Lakers and tied her season-high with 33 saves. The shutout marks her second clean sheet of the season.
Oswego will look to sweep the weekend series against Buffalo State at home on Sunday at 3:00 pm.