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Chatham Cougars Look to New Year To Continue Success at William-Smith

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As the first semester comes to a close, our team struggled to gain a conference win until the last weekend of games versus the William-Smith Herons.  Prior to our final weekend of games for 2015, we faced off against multiple teams: SUNY Plattsburgh, Buffalo, Becker, and finally William-Smith. 

The 13th and 14th of November we faced SUNY Plattsburgh.  Our first game we fell 4-0 to Plattsburgh, in which our goalie Sydney Isbell (Sophomore #35) was injured and still is awaiting clearance to return to practice.  Our second game, Marissa Janiga (Sophomore #27) stepped in net and we ended up with another loss, 8-0. 

The following weekend, we hit the road and traveled to Buffalo State.  Both games, after struggling to generate enough offense, we lost 4-1.  Marissa Janiga and Kasi Petersen (Sophomore #22) both were in net in Buffalo.  Erika Bronk (Senior #16) scored the sole goal in the first game and in the second game Jenny Jones (Junior #15) scored our only goal. 

Over Thanksgiving, we traveled to Boston to play a pair of non-conference games against Becker College.  With Isbell still awaiting clearance to play in net, Petersen stepped up to play in net until Isbell is cleared.  We built some confidence that weekend, winning 5-1 the first game and 1-0 the second game.  Key players were Erika Martin (Junior #7) who earned two points in the first game and Kaitlyn Perrins (Junior #2) who scored our game-winning goal in overtime during the second game.

Our final weekend December 5th and 6th, we traveled to Geneva, New York to William-Smith.  With a rough 3-0 the first game, we all went into the second game with more energy.  We ended the weekend with a 6-2 win, which would count as our first conference win for the season.  Cassidy Colhoun (Sophomore #9) would start the scoring spree with a beautiful shot past the goalie’s right shoulder, followed by a powerplay goal later in the game.  Our powerplay had a strong performance with two of the six goals in the second game. 

Looking ahead to second semester with our goal of playoffs in mind, we are focused on gaining more wins for points within the conference, generating more offense than we have these past few weekends, and coming back for winter camp with more energy and motivation to accomplish our goal of making playoffs. 

Happy holidays everyone!  Until next time,

Marie #4 

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