On a frigged snowy night in Oswego New York, the Lakers women’s hockey team faced off against the Cortland Red Dragons. It was a game that involved a lot of substantial defense and goaltending especially for on the Red Dragons side. This standout performance gave Cortland the 2-0 win over Oswego. Most notably due to the shut out by Cortland’s goalie Chelsea Allain who played as solid as the icebergs across the shore of Lake Ontario this time of the year.
Oswego played hard and aggressive throughout the entire game, but their aggressiveness came at a cost. Jean Padden committed two penalties in the first period of the game the first one was for holding which the Lakers were able to kill the powerplay. The second of Padden’s penalties came eight minutes later came to be a lot more-costly because it ended up in a Cortland Carly Weigold goal assisted from Emily Rose. Coach Diane Dillion was asked in the post-game press conference about her team’s penalties and she responded stating “Penalties are going to happen we just have to be prepared to make sure they are good penalties. If there’s such a thing it’s the selfish penalties it’s the lazy penalties those are the kinds of things that make you crazy, but overall I believe we are better off than we were the first half of the year”.
As the game went on the stronger the defense and goalie skills shown for Cortland. In the second period Oswego had no trouble getting shot on goal but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. At 7:39 mark in the second period Grace Schnorr of Cortland made a majestic across ice pass setting up Katie DeVoe to give Cortland a 2-0 lead. You could see in the body language of Oswego after this goal that it just wasn’t there night.
Though down 2-0 the Lakers never gave up or lacked effort in this game they were relentless getting shots on goal and being physical, but Chelsea Allain wasn’t letting anything get by her. Oswego ended up out shooting Cortland having 26 shots on goals to Cortland’s 20 shots on goal. Senior Victoria Rankin pointed this out after the game when she was asked what went well tonight, she states “We were getting shots tonight last time we played Cortland they out-shot us, we couldn’t put the puck in the net but that is something we did better than the last time we played them.”
As this team looks to wrap up the season with a home and home against Potsdam this weekend, they’re looking to snap their 4-game losing streak. Coach Dillion says “We are really focused on what we need to accomplish to be in the position we want to be in. Right now, we are sitting in the fourth spot of the playoffs. That means if it ended today, we would have to go to Plattsburgh for the opening round of the playoffs. We much rather take on Cortland or Potsdam that’s the reality of it.” These next two games are vital for Dillions Lakers hoping to stay away from the top seeded Plattsburgh Cardinals to begin in hopes to be a long playoff run.