It was a beautiful day to play hockey at SUNY Oswego. In an ECAC West matchup, the Oswego Lakers and the William Smith Herons ended the women’s senior day in a 1–1 tie.
As the fans and players all stood for the singing of the national anthems, you could feel the mixtures of tension and excitement in the air. The crowd had their signs and were cheering on all the seniors. The puck was dropped and those happy smiles were turned into determination.
With just five minutes played in the first period, Eryn Stewart of Oswego scored on the power play to get the Lakers up 1–0. The Lakers went the first eight minutes out shooting the Herons 8–0. The Herons were only able to get 18 shots on Mariah Madrigal throughout the entire game.
The Herons tied the game with two minutes remaining in the first period. Kate Klimaszews had the goal, which would end the scoring for the game.
Maggie Salmon, the Herons goalie, had 58 saves on the day and was a big reason the game stayed 1–1.
The second period for the Lakers started with a power play that they failed to succeed on. Kendall Applebaum had a back hand, no look tip in front of the net with just over a minute into the second, but it was beautifully stopped by Salmon.
The Lakers had the momentum most of the game and were constantly in the Herons zone. Because of the stellar play of Salmon, only one puck got passed her. She was so calm in the net and felt no pressure, making incredible saves.
Oswego’s coach, Diane Dillon knows the women can do better and they will continue to work hard to get as far into the playoffs as they can and hopefully win the championship.
This was the last game for the Lakers for the regular season as the ECAC West playoffs start next week, with their first game against Utica College on February 23.