Women's hockey posts third straight shutout in win at Oswego

Sam Walther '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Sam Walther '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

In their final matchup before the holiday break, the Hamilton College women's hockey team defeated the SUNY Oswego Lakers 3-0 in non-conference action at Oswego's Marano Campus Center Arena on Friday night.

Hamilton (5-2-0 overall) wasted no time taking advantage of the Lakers' physical play, as all three goals were scored on the power play. Andrea Rockey '19 continued her stellar play, assisting Missy Segall '21 at 14:48 of the first period. From the right-side blue line, Taegan Blackwell '19 quickly passed the puck to Rockey at the top of the left circle, who fed it to Segall in the slot for a one-timer that beat the goalie on her glove side. Rockey has four points in the last three games.

The Continentals' second goal was a buzzer-beater by Blackwell with under a second left in the first period. Michaela Giuttari '20 dug the puck out of the right corner and dished it to Segall at the point. Segall found Blackwell across the ice near the blue line and she wristed the puck through traffic and past Oswego goalie Amber Samonek (22 saves) for a dramatic end to the first period.

Kate Piacenza '21 scored the second goal of her career 11:38 into the middle period. Samonek turned away a shot from the right side by Maddie Beitler '21. Kelli Mackey '19 collected the rebound for a shot from the left side that Samonek stopped again, only to have Piacenza slam home the rebound from the top of the crease.

The Continentals received another power-play opportunity late in the third period, but wasn't able to capitalize with a fourth goal. Oswego's best chance came with under two minutes left in the third on a short-handed breakaway attempt that Sam Walther '18 turned away with ease to maintain the team's third straight shutout.

Hamilton enjoyed a 25-16 shot advantage against the Lakers (5-7-0), with Walther turning away all 16 for her 18th shutout in 73 career starts. She lowered her goals against average to 1.03 and raised her save percentage to .963. The Continentals did not give up a goal during the month of December.

The women jump back into action on Friday, January 5 at 4 p.m. against Plymouth State in the 2018 Saint Michael's College Trader Duke's Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena in South Burlington, Vt.