The Oswego Lakers Women’s hockey team lost a hard fought match against the Cortland Red Dragons 2-0. Lakers came in on a three game losing streak looking for a reason to look forward but came up short. Both teams fighting for playoff positioning and it was apparent that each had a sense of urgency from the initial puck drop. Even with a loss, the Lakers are still 3 points ahead of Buffalo State in the standings with a game at hand.
The Lakers played well but had “a few unlucky bounces” as we heard constantly during the post game presser by junior forward and alternate captain Natalie Giglio and head coach Diane Dillon. They were also asked about the back to back games coming up against Suny Potsdam and how they’ll prepare for those. Giglio believed that they’re “prepared and we’ll be ready to play until the final buzzer sounds”. For a majority of the first period there was a lot of back and forth play with neither team being able to find an edge over the other. That was until a costly boarding penalty taken by Oswego, putting sophomore forward Jean-Marie Padden in the penalty box for her second time of the period. That penalty set Cortland up for a perfect opportunity to get the dreaded last minute goal to end the period. That’s exactly what they did when freshman forward Carly Weigold found a bouncing puck out in front and netted it home after booming slapshot by junior defenseman Emily Rose was taken at the blue line. Senior defenseman Samantha Pippen also notched an assist on the play.
To start the second, the Lakers came out with a sense of urgency and aware of the stakes at hand. They seemed to be passing a lot more crisply and aware of where there teammates were on the ice. The Lakers dominated the time of possession to start but it didn’t seem to matter much because at the 12:21 mark Cortland got back up on the board. This goal was made possible by a two on one opportunity starting out of the Cortland zone because of an outlet pass by freshman forward Amanda Gaffney to her fellow winger sophomore forward Grace Schorr who gave a cross crease pass to Sophomore forward Katie DeVoe to put the Red Dragons up 2-0. Oswego had 2 power plays after that goal but was unable to get past the relentless pressure of the Red Dragons penalty kill unit.
Being down 2-0 in the 3rd period is hard enough to come back from but it gets even harder when the team continues to give up penalties. Oswego was called for two during the period and both times it seemed to deflate the team at pivotal moments, preventing them from getting back into this game. Oddly enough Oswego dominated in time of possession and won the faceoff battle. If you ask anyone who knows hockey, they’ll tell you that eight out of ten times the team winning those categories will come out on top. Unfortunately for the Lakers they were one of the unlucky two.
They’re next opportunity to end the losing streak will be during their senior game against Suny Potsdam this coming Friday.