Lakers Tie With Herons in Last Regular Season Game
The No. #5 Oswego State Lakers tied the William Smith Herons 1–1 in their last regular season game on Saturday. The weekend contest now set the Laker’s record to 16–7–2, their ECAC Women’s West record now stands at 10–6–2.
Before this weekend’s series, the Herons record stood at 6–12–5, making them the underdogs of the contest. The Lakers have been the team to beat all season so when the Heron’s stepped on the ice, they brought out everything they had to secure a successful weekend.
After the not so successful weekend for Oswego State, coach Diane Dillon stresses that the Lakers need to work on fully executing shots before they face Utica College in the first round of the ECAC Women’s West playoffs.
“We came up against a hot goaltender and we didn’t do what we needed to do to make her move,” Dillon said. “We took a lot of shots but we need to take better and higher percentage scoring shots.”
Herons goalie, Maggie Salmon, stood tall between the pipes for the entirety of the game. Salmon was able to stop 58 out of 59 shots throughout the game, proving to be the powerhouse of the Herons.
“Like our coach said, we’ve got to get her[Salmon] moving side to side,” freshman Eryn Stewart said. “She did play outstanding but we could have done more.”
The only shot Salmon let slip past her glove was a power play goal scored by Stewart at the 5:28 mark in the first period. Stewart was assisted by Victoria Blake and Alyssa Brockman.
Steward was ecstatic about her seventh collegiate career goal and attributed being able to finish the shot to her linemate, Victoria Blake.
“[Blake] and I have had this thing all season where she shoots it and I get my stick on it somehow, and we’ve gotten a couple of goals that way,” Stewart said.
Kate Klimaszewski of the Herons tied the game up in at the end of the first period with a goal scored at the 18:00 mark. The entire rest of the game went scoreless as the teams battled it out to get the win.
In net for the Lakers was, as always, Mariah Madrigal who did not face many shots throughout the game. Madrigal blocked 17 out of 18 shots taken by the Herons.
“I thought their goalie played amazing. She kept the team in the game and I think that’s the reason they got a tie and got the win last night,” Madrigal said. ”We did everything we could except finish.”
The Lakers had quite a few power play chances to score throughout the game, including a pressing 5-on-3 in the third period, but the Herons penalty kill line would not go down without a fight.
“It’s great to have a 5-on-3 because you can get incredibly good looks at the net, which we did,” Dillon said. “There’s also a pressure to score and I think our hands got a little tight and we made some questionable decisions on where we moved the puck.”
Dillon said that the team is going to be working hard this week to prepare to face the №3 Utica Pioneers in the first round of the ECAC Women’s West playoffs that is scheduled for Feb. 23rd.
Photo Credit: Haofeng Deng|The Oswegonian