OSWEGO, N.Y.--Junior forward Jenn Crawford scored twice to lead the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (1-4, 1-2 ECAC West) to a 2-0 victory over Oswego State (2-3-1, 2-2). Junior goaltender Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) stopped all 19 shots to record her second career shutout.
Crawford gave the Bears just their second lead of the season with a power-play marker 4:58 into the opening period. Senior defenseman Katie Komsa and sophomore forward Emilee Hazelden recorded assists on the goal. The Bears spent the rest of the period on the defensive, killing five straight power plays. Potsdam's defense and Salvarinas withstood the pressure and only allowed seven shots.
The Bears killed off a sixth Oswego power play at the start of the second period. The teams then alternated penalties over the rest of the period, but the score didn't change.
The defense continued to be the story in the third period, scattering the few scoring opportunities both teams were able to create. With 1:44 left Potsdam was whistled for another penalty. Oswego called timeout and pulled goalie Bridget Smith for an extra attacker. However, it was Crawford who put the game away with an empty-net shorthanded goal.
Smith finished with 16 saves. Oswego outshot Potsdam 19-18. The Lakers were 0-9 on the power play and the Bears were 0-5.
“Dawna Salvarinas played an excellent game,” said Bears Head Coach Jay Green. “Overall, it was a pretty solid effort. It wasn't the prettiest in terms of execution, but we did a fair job of keeping pucks to the outside and keeping them out of the net.”
The Bears are back in action next weekend as the head to Elmira for a Friday-Saturday series with the ECAC West rival Soaring Eagles.