Lakers Gameday Preview: Women’s hockey vs. SUNY Cortland

Last Time Out

The Oswego State Lakers and SUNY Cortland Red Dragons squared off for their third matchup of the season on Feb. 9, with the Lakers coming out victorious 4-0 for the team’s fourth shutout of the season. The Lakers now sit at 9-11-2 overall with a 5-7-1 conference record. The Red Dragons, who are 7-13-2 (2-12-1) after the loss, have been officially eliminated from the inaugural Northeast Women’s Hockey Hockey League playoffs in late February.

For the Lakers, Julieann White had a two-goal performance to bring her total to five on the season. Kate Randazzo and Philomena Teggart, now with 18 and seven points, respectively, also had two-point performances. Randazzo is now tied for the team lead for points. Mariah Madrigal made 23 saves for her third shutout of the season. Andrea Noss continued her dominance on the faceoff with 11 wins and only one loss.

SUNY Cortland’s Rachel Farmer only played 40 minutes of the game, allowing all four goals for the Red Dragons. Chelsea Allain made four saves in the third period to end the game. Emily King led all shooters with four shots, with Charlie Calamari tacking three to the team’s 23 shot-total. Miranda Kolb went 8-16 at the faceoff circle, one of three players who went .500 at the circle.

 

Looking at the Red Dragons

The SUNY Cortland Red Dragons have been shutout four times this season after the loss, and it is the second time they have been shutout by the Lakers this season. The Red Dragons are on a four-game losing skid which includes two of the shutouts. The first shutout came from Buffalo State on Feb. 2.

With the loss, SUNY Cortland has been officially eliminated from the NEWHL playoffs allowing the other four teams in the league to clinch their spots in the playoffs. They trail the fourth-place SUNY Potsdam Bears by three points with only one conference game remaining.

Miranda Kolb, who leads the Red Dragons in scoring, was limited to one shot in sixty minutes. Emily King, who led shots on Feb. 9, is second on the team with 13 points, and in goals with seven. Both players are crucial to the program and have two more years to build success in Cortland.

Rachel Farmer, for only the second time this season, did not play all 60 minutes of the game. She played the first 40 and allowed all four goals before backup goaltender Chelsea Allain came in for the third period. Allain made four saves to keep the game from getting out of hand.

 

Lakers vs. SUNY Cortland History

With the win over SUNY Cortland, the Lakers now boast a 20-10-8 advantage since the original Laker program in the 1970s. It is also the ninth shutout Oswego State has had over the Red Dragons, and only the second time there has been at least a four-goal victory.

Kate Randazzo now has a career four points against SUNY Cortland in her two years here and Philomena Teggart has three between the three games against SUNY Cortland this season. Mariah Madrigal is now 3-1 against SUNY Cortland, with the lone loss during her freshman season.

 

Player Spotlight

OSW: Julieann White

With her fourth and fifth goals of the season, Julieann White proved her dominance against SUNY Cortland on Feb. 9 by scoring both goals on just four shots during the game. She has almost doubled her goal total from last season, where she had five during her freshman campaign. She has been strong as of late, with seven points in her last six games. White has seemed to found her grove heading into the end of the regular season as well as the NEWHL playoffs.

COR: Emily King

While Emily King did not score a goal against Oswego State, her four shots were still an impressive feat in a game where SUNY Cortland was shutout. King has been a strong player in recent games, despite the four-game losing streak. King is second on the team in points, and with the assistance of Miranda Kolb, this team will have to wait until her junior campaign to attempt to make another run at the playoffs. At this point, King will be playing for pride, and not prize.

 

By the Numbers

RECORD (vs. each other) [conference]

OSW: 9-11-2 (20-10-8) [5-7-1]

COR: 7-13-2 (10-20-8) [2-12-1]


GOALS (per game) [against each other this season]

OSW: 48 (2.2) [9 / 3.0]

COR: 37 (1.7) [1 / 0.3]


SHOTS (per game) [against each other this season]

OSW: 653 (29.7) [47 / 15.7]

COR: 546 (24.8) [44 / 14.7]


POWER PLAY (percentage) [against each other this season]

OSW: 13-97 (13.4%) [1-10 / 10.0%]

COR: 15-106 (14.2%) [0-10 / 0.0%]

 

Prediction

The Oswego State Lakers have proven dominance over the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons not only this season, but in recent years as well. With nine shutouts, including two this season, the Lakers seem to have the Red Dragon’s offensive tactics nailed down.

With the Lakers now officially in the playoffs, they will be attempting to avoid the No. 4 seed so they do not have to travel to a strong Plattsburgh State program. They will try to gain momentum heading into next weekend where they play SUNY Potsdam, who currently has the No. 4 seed. The Lakers have a three points advantage over the Bears currently.

Julieann White and Mariah Madrigal, who both shone in last night’s game, will be key factors again tonight. Both players will be highlights for the Lakers for the Saturday matchup.

The Red Dragons are now playing for pride, and will look to end this season on a better note with two non-conference matchups after the game tonight. They will have to wait until next season to enter the playoffs, which will still be in the four-team format.

Emily King and Miranda Kolb will be two players to watch. Kolb, for her point total this season and improved consistency throughout the season. King, for her shot total yesterday and anticipation of another strong performance from the sophomore.

Lakers win 5-0.

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