Women’s Hockey Oswego vs Cortland
Cortland Red Dragons’ goalie Chelsea Allain makes 28 saves in Oswego, to hold on to the 2-0 shutout victory over the Oswego Lakers. In a pivotal game for determining playoff seed, the red dragons were able to capitalize on great goaltending and some lucky bounces. The first and game winning goal came on a Cortland power play when forward Carl Weigold was able to tip in a rebound with 43.3 seconds remaining in the period. The Lakers were dominated possession time throughout the game and were able to control the puck in Cortland’s zone for a majority of the time. Head coach Diane Dillon said after the game, “I swear if we didn’t have bad bounces, we would have had no bounces at all,” concerning the turnout of the game. Nothing seemed to break the Lakers way as they lead in shot total (44-27), shots on goal (28-20), and faceoff wins (30-17) but were still held scoreless. Cortland was able to seal the victory with a goal from Cortland forward Katie Devoe to put the Red Dragons up 2-0. The Lakers tried to rally in the third period, but it was to no avail with Chelsea Allain looking locked in. This game was the Lakers third in the last five days, compared to Cortland who hadn’t played In over a week. On whether fatigue played a factor in the loss, captain Kate Randazzo said, “No, we had Monday off, we have obviously had played a lot of games, but I don’t feel we looked or played tired.” The Lakers best opportunity came in the third period when Jean-Marie Padden dangled around the net and made a beautiful back hand attempt, but the shot was no match for the nifty glove of Allain. Regarding the Loss coach Dillon said, “We have to learn from it, learn from it and throw it away we can either come to practice tomorrow and play harder, or give up and sulk,” Padden lead the game in shots with five attempts, closely followed by fellow Lakers Katie Randazzo, Philomena Teggart, and Leah Czerwinski who all had four shots on the game. Assistant captain Natalie Giglio said, “I think we need to just do a better job at the little things, and I think with working hard more pucks will bounce are way, I’m happy with the effort,” regarding the teams play in the game. The loss pushes Cortland to four points up in the standings, lining Oswego up to play the dread Plattsburgh Cardinals in the playoffs, who are undefeated in conference play. On the possibility of playing Plattsburgh coach Dillon said, “We’d much rather take on Cortland or Potsdam. That’s the reality of it, so yeah we want some wins, absolutely,” In the four games Oswego and Plattsburgh have played against each other Plattsburgh has outscored Oswego by a total of 20-2. The Next two games against the Potsdam Bears are pivotal with two wins the Lakers could sneak into a higher playoff seed and avoid Plattsburgh.