AMHERST, Mass. – Three quick scores between the sides in a two-minute span in the second period decided the matchup as the Amherst College women's hockey team was edged by Oswego State, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 2-4-1 on the season, while Oswego improves to 6-3-1 overall. Amherst returns to the ice after the break when they host Williams Smith on Saturday, Dec. 29 beginning at 4 p.m.
The Mammoths best chance during a scoreless opening period came with 11:13 on the clock as Emma Flynn '21 teamed up with Angelina Wiater '22 on a 2-v-1 rush. Sending a dish to the far left post, Flynn connected with the streaking Wiater, however her one-timer on target was met with a sliding kick save.
Responding with a scoring chance of their own at the 14:30 mark, Sara Cruise nearly got the visitors on the board as she picked off a clearing attempt at the top of the right circle and powered a wrist shot on frame, but Anna Kruesel '22 proved up to the task and blockered down the shot.
Breaking through at the 10:26 mark in the second stanza, Jean-Marie Padden gave the Lakers a 1-0 edge as she picked up her own rebound at the bottom of the left circle and sent a wrist shot top-shelf, short-side.
Getting it back less than a minute later, Katelyn Pantera '19 netted her third score of the winter with assists from Elizabeth Holubiak '22 and Jocelyn Hunyadi '19. Earning inside positioning in the high slot, Pantera tipped a shot by Holubiak from the right point over the glove of the Oswego State netminder.
Undeterred by the quick response by the Mammoths, the Lakers responded in kind, needing just 32 second to retake the lead, 2-1. Capitalizing on a blocked shot by Avery Webster, Padden buried her second score of the contest with 7:49 on the clock as she corralled the deflected puck on the far right post and sent a shot over the goal line.
The sides combined for 19 shots on net in the third stanza, however neither team was able to find nylon as the visitors hung on for the 2-1 victory.
In between the pipes, Kruesel (0-2-0) made 12 stops for Amherst in 40 minutes of action in the losing effort, while Caitlin Walker '22 picked up eight saves in relief. Cassie Shokar (2-1-0) earned the win for Oswego State, racking up 40 stops.
The Mammoths owned a 41-22 advantage in shots on frame and finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Lakers went 0-for-3 up a skater.