Ott, Rodrigue sink Lakers
POTSDAM, N.Y.—Freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y./Rochester Edge) scored twice and sophomore goalie Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario/Bemidji State) made 41 saves as the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (2-1, 1-1 ECAC West) defeated Oswego (2-1, 0-1) 3-2 on Saturday. Senior captains Amanda and Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) had three and two assists respectively.
The Lakers kept the ice tilted toward Potsdam's goal early, but the Bears' defense and Rodrigue limited strong scoring chances. Potsdam finally broke through after the Lakers were whistled for too many men on the ice. Just 34 seconds later, Ott finished a pass from Brittany Lucky at 11:02 for a 1-0 lead. Amanda Lucky picked up the second assist. At 13:58, Ott tapped home a perfect pass from Amanda Lucky to make it a 2-0 contest. Oswego outshot Potsdam 15-6 after one period, but hit the locker room down by two.
The Lakers kept the pressure up in the second period and finally got on board with a power-play goal at 4:46. Senior captain Olivia Boersen (Stratford, Ontario/Waterloo K-W Rangers) fired a shot off Rodrigue and freshman defenseman Kendall Applebaum (Eden. N.Y./Buffalo Bison) buried the rebound to cut the gap to 2-1. Potsdam created a few quality scoring chances during the middle stanza, but couldn't extend its lead. The Lakers hit a post and a crossbar during a late period flurry, but were unable to draw even before the second intermission.
Oswego took an early checking penalty in the third period and the Bears made the most of the power play. Junior captain Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta/The Edge) fired a shot under the pads of Lakers senior goalie Catherine Cote (Val D'Or, Quebec/Nepean Wildcats) from the left side of the net. The Luckys assisted on the goal. The rest of the contest Oswego continued to fire shots at Rodrigue, but didn't score again until they had a five-on-three power play with 1:10 to go. Freshman forward Bridget Hamlin (Hilton, N.Y./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) buried her own rebound to get the Lakers within one. Oswego pulled Cote for the remaining 40 seconds, couldn't find the equalizer.
Cote finished with 13 saves. Both teams were 2-7 on the power play.
The Bears and Lakers go at it again tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.