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Lakers Get Shut-out by Cortland Red Dragons Before Playoffs

In the lead up to playoffs, Sophomore forward for the Oswego State Women’s Ice Hockey team, Jean-Marie Padden’s, leading shots on goal were not enough for NEWHL ranked #4 Oswego State to beat #2 Cortland who shut the Lakers’ out 2-0.

The Lakers were able to out-shoot the Red Dragons with 28 shots on goal since their last match together, and the Red Dragons only having 20 shots on goal.

“We were faster this time,” Junior captain Kate Randazzo said.

Even though this was the Lakers fourth game in a week, they said fatigue did not play a part in their loss against the Red Dragons.

“The whole month is a sprint to the playoffs, so these guys are ready for this,” Women’s Ice hockey head coach Diane Dillon said. “At this point, nobody’s ever tired.”

Junior forward Natalie Giglio was happy with the effort from her team.

“I just think we need to do a better job at the little things,” Junior forward Natalie Giglio said. “I think with working hard more pucks will bounce our way.”

The Lakers had three power play opportunities but were unable to capitalize on them while the Red dragons were able to make one power play goal in the first period.

“They [Cortland] were aggressive in their own zone as well,” Coach Dillon said. “We gotta give Cortland a little bit of credit here, they blocked a lot of shots.”

The Lakers had four penalties throughout the game, three coming from Padden, which was when the Red Dragons were able to get their first goal.

“Penalties are apart of the game,” Coach Dillon said. “We had everyone that curtailed that aggressiveness, because I think that’s what we need to step up a but.”

The effort was good but Giglio said that her and her teammates need to support each other better on the ice, especially with two important games coming up.

The Lakers will need to win their next two games to make sure they do not play against Plattsburgh State on their ice.

“We have to think about why we do this and we have to play for each other,” Senior forward Victoria Rankin said. “It’ll start to come our way for playoffs.”

To get her team ready for the last two regular season games, Coach Dillon hears mostly from her players and what they think they need to do better.

“This stings tonight because we definitely could have solidified our place in the playoffs,” Coach Dillon said. “You have to throw it away, you have to learn from it and throw it away.”

The Lakers do not want their season to and early which is enough motivation for them to put their all into these next two games.

“We need to win these games,” Randazzo said.

The Oswego State Lakers will be on home ice against the Potsdam Bears Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

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