Women's hockey posts fourth straight win

Olivia Hawes '19 scored two goals in the Continentals' 3-1 win against SUNY Oswego (Josh McKee photo).
Olivia Hawes '19 scored two goals in the Continentals' 3-1 win against SUNY Oswego (Josh McKee photo).

Hamilton College's Olivia Hawes '19 scored two goals and the Continentals recorded a 3-1 non-conference win against the SUNY Oswego Lakers at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Friday night.

The Continentals (6-2-0 overall) won their fourth straight game and have outscored their opponents 11-4 during that stretch. Nancy Loh '22 chipped in a goal and an assist and has recorded at least one point in every game this season. Loh leads the team with seven assists and 11 points. Sammy Johnson '20 made 16 saves as she lowered her goals against average to 1.20 and lifted her save percentage to .952.

Hamilton took 22 shots in the first period but couldn't get the puck past Oswego's Cassie Shokar, who finished with 36 saves.

The Lakers (5-3-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead 6:11 into the second period. Sara Cruise won a faceoff in Oswego's offensive zone to Johnson's left. Eryn Stewart picked up the loose puck, skated towards the goal and put a shot past Johnson from close range. Stewart leads the team with four goals and eight points.

The Continentals tied the score at 11:59 of the second. Michaela Giuttari '20 sent a pass from above the left faceoff circle to Missy Segall '21 in the slot. Segall ripped a one-timer that rang off the crossbar and caromed off to the right of the goal. Hawes reached the loose puck first and swatted it into the back of the net.

Hawes, who is tied with Loh for the team lead with four goals, put Hamilton ahead with 3:52 left in the second period. Hawes passed to Jess Haviland '21 at the top of the left faceoff circle. Haviland carried the puck into the right faceoff circle, down to the bottom of the circle, and drove hard towards the crease. Her backhanded shot was turned away but Hawes was there again for the rebound just to the left of the crease.

Loh wrapped up the scoring at 6:06 of the third period. The Continentals put some sustained offensive pressure on the Lakers after Hamilton brought on an extra skater during a delayed penalty. A loose puck bounced out to Alayna Trice '20 at the point and she hammered a shot that deflected off Emily Williams '19 in the slot. The puck skidded off to the left of the crease where Loh was positioned perfectly to stuff it across the goal line.

Oswego was 0-for-5 on power-play opportunities while the Continentals didn't score on their two chances.

Hamilton travels to Potsdam, N.Y., for another non-conference contest against SUNY Potsdam at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Continentals edged Potsdam 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night at Sage Rink.