Costly penalties plagued the Lakers throughout, as the women’s ice hockey team fell to Hamilton, 5-2, Wednesday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
The Continentals scored three power play goals in five chances. All three of the power play goals came quickly on the 5-on-4 advantage, as the Continentals found the net 11, 13 and 44 seconds into the respective power plays.
"Hamilton is very effective in the way they move the puck, and it is key to win the faceoff or at least hold the puck," coach Diane Dillon said. "We didn’t react quickly enough to the situation and that’s the difference between an established team and a young, growing team."
Hamilton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at the 5:01 mark of the first period on Abby Runyon’s power-play goal right off the faceoff.
A hooking penalty on Emily Grippin of the Lakers at the 10:00 mark of the second period would set the Continentals up for their second goal. Runyon would once again find the back of the net, with assists from Stephanie Miguel and Katie Zimmerman at the 10:44 mark to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Lakers applied heavy pressure in the offensive zone in outshooting the Continentals 11-5, but could only manage one goal. Miguel found the back of the net from a Christie Sharlow and Katie Zimmerman pass to make the score 4-1. They would go on to win 5-2.
"We controlled the play and were skating with them at full strength," Dillon said. "Power play goals killed us."
The Lakers drop to 7-13-1 on the season.