The women’s Cortland Red Dragons take the victory, 2-0, over the women’s Oswego Lakers on Oswego’s home ice. Oswego controlled much of the game, yet lost in a hard fought grudge match from start to end.
Cortland scored the game winning goal late in the first period off of an Oswego penalty. Cortland’s Carly Weigold scored nineteen minutes sixteen seconds into the first period. She was assisted by Emily Rose and Samantha Pippin. This goal came forty-one seconds into the power play off of the penalty on Jean-Marie Padden for Boarding.
This loss puts the Lakers at a record of 9-11 overall and 4-8-2 in the league. Cortland now is 12-8 overall and 5-8-3 in the league. Thus making Oswego’s next two games even more important in hopes of gaining a higher seed, they are looking to get a higher seed in hopes to avoid playing Plattsburg who are currently undefeated in league play.
The Red Dragons second goal scored by Katie DeVoe, twelve minutes twenty-one seconds into the second period, and assisted by Grace Schnorr and Amanda Gaffney to put Cortland up 2-0.
Even though the score ended in favor of Cortland the Lakers led the shots and face-offs won seemingly giving them the edge over the Red Dragons. However Oswego suffered from four penalties in the game including the first goal of the game on a power play.
Coach Diane Dillon spoke on the penalties and other thoughts on the game saying “Penalties are a part of the game. It’s an aggressive game they are gonna happen. And that’s why we have spent a lot of time on (laughs) penalty kill and being prepared for that, but we don’t ever wanna curtail that aggressiveness cause I think that’s what we need to step up a bit. Thought we worked hard today which these guys have said (players previous thoughts in interview) we’re just not getting the finish. Man I think we out chanced them in terms of scoring chances against. We weren’t able to put them in, right, and you saw their two goals were shots low off pads and they were second chance opportunities. We didn’t create enough of those today. A lot of our shots were high, there were some scrums in front of the net, but pucks weren’t bouncing out on to our sticks like they were to theirs. Swear to God if we didn’t have any bad bounces we wouldn’t have any bounces at all… Penalties are gonna happen we just have to be prepared to make sure they are good penalties if there is such a thing. It’s the selfish penalties, lazy penalties, or those are the kinds of things that make you crazy. Overall I thought we’re doing much better than we we’re the first half of the season.”
The Lakers may have lost this game, but they do feel good about their game against Cortland as the coach Dillon, her assistant captain Natalie Giglio, and her captain of the team Kate Randazzo all agreed on that they were happy with the effort put forward in the game. They look forward to their last two games with ambition and confidence going into the playoffs.