Syracuse Loses in Heartbreaking Fashion after Near Comeback
CitrusTV Women’s Ice Hockey Beat Reporter
Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey had a much-needed week off after a rough start to the season. While the week off produced fresh legs on the ice, it also produced rusty play from the Orange.
This rust showed in overtime when St. Lawrence (5-4-3, 2-1-1 Eastern College Athletic) scored just 20 seconds into overtime to defeat Syracuse (2-11, 1-2-0 College Hockey America) 4-3. Anna Segedi scored the game-winner for the Saints after an Orange defenseman slipped, giving Segedi an easy shooting lane.
Syracuse suffered from the same problem that has plagued the Orange all season: Playing a full 60 minutes. After the Orange scored the first goal of the game, it seemed as though the team went on auto pilot. SU head coach Paul Flanagan did not mince word about his team’s apparent lack of effort towards the latter half of the first period.
“I mentioned to the girls we were having a little Saturday afternoon skate at the War Memorial for the first part of the game,” said Flanagan.
Flanagan even used senior Savannah Rennie as an example of this recurring trend. While Rennie scored the game-tying goal that sent the game into overtime, Flanagan thought the senior was nowhere to be seen earlier in the game.
Senior Lindsay Eastwood was also critical of the team’s efforts in parts of the game.
“We got to take some good things, but we also got a lot to work on still. We want to get those things worked on now, so we don’t have to in March,” said Eastwood.
Saturday’s game also featured three scratches for Syracuse with Ady Cohen, Brynn Koocher and Marielle McHale injured. The Orange were without Abby Moloughney for part of the game as well after she collided with the boards and never came back into the game.
“I think it always hurts when we’re missing a part of our team,” said Rennie.
Although Flanagan agreed with that sentiment, he did not want injuries used as an excuse.
“We got enough kids,” said Flanagan.
Syracuse will have a chance to bounce back from Saturday’s heartbreaking loss when they travel to Happy Valley for two matchups against Penn State.
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