After defeating Mercyhurst on Jan. 10, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan was one win away from his 400th-career women’s collegiate hockey victory. But for the past two games, Syracuse losses – a last-second overtime loss to Mercyhurst and a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Robert Morris – prevented him from reaching the mark.Saturday afternoon, Flanagan and the Orange had another opportunity against the Colonials in Pennsylvania. Syracuse (7-15-1, 6-3-1 College Hockey America) outlasted Robert Morris (13-9-2, 7-3-0), earning Flanagan his 400th win in a 1-0 victory.After two periods the Orange and Colonials were in a scoreless deadlock. But, three-and-a-half minutes into the third frame, freshman forward Brynn Koocher slotted the puck past the Colonials goalie to break the draw. With over sixteen minutes left to play, the Orange needed an insurance goal or would be forced to rely on their defensive play to lock out Robert Morris for the win. Unable to add an additional score, Syracuse secured the win by shutting out the Colonials. Allison Small stopped all 32 shots she faced, including 15 in the third period. The shutout was Small’s second of the season – she held Lindenwood scoreless in a 7-0 Syracuse win in early December.Syracuse’s ability to kill penalties was put to the test in the second period, as Emma Polaski, Mae Batherson and Kristen Siermachesky were all sent to the box. This season, the Orange have been able to kill nearly 80% of their penalties, holding opponents to 20 power-play goals. SU’s penalty killing contained the Colonials to only six shots.Robert Morris’s desperation led to two late penalties in the third period that Syracuse was unable to score on. This season, SU has only scored 15 goals on the man advantage – a 15.3% power-play rate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Flanagan was the seventh women’s college hockey coach to reach the 400 win mark. Of those wins, 230 came during his career behind the bench at St. Lawrence University, where he coached from 1999 to 2008.After Flanagan’s 399th win, he told the media that reaching the 400 mark wasn’t at the top of his mind.“”It’s just another sign that I’m old,” Flanagan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm Contact Will: [email protected]
Kobe Bryant returned from his one-game NBA suspension and finished with 30 points but made just 3 of 14 shots in face of double-teams all second half. It was just one factor in an avalanche that saw the Lakers lose the second half 57-35. “That’s called them going in and making some adjustments and us going and out doing the same thing we did in the first half,” Kwame Brown said. “They put that ‘Kobe-dar’ on like every team is going to do and nobody else stepped up and made a play.” Bryant said: “Our execution just fails us because we don’t have the guys out there that know the intricacies of the offense.” The Sixers won their sixth consecutive game while the Lakers remained winless since Lamar Odom was lost to a torn labrum. Jackson spent the third quarter trying to find any combination that worked and contemplated lineup changes afterward. Foremost in his mind is 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, who has started the last 32 games since Brown went down with a sprained ankle Dec. 31. Bynum missed all four shots he took Friday, committed four turnovers and was called for five fouls in 33 minutes. Jackson said Bynum “didn’t get anything accomplished out there tonight,” and later added, “He needs to get off the front line and get out of that enemy fire for a while.” The question is if Brown is ready to play heavy minutes only five games after returning from the injury. Brown finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Sixers and said afterward, “Whatever (Jackson) decides, I’ll be ready.” Andre Iguodala, the Sixers’ third-year guard, finished with 31 points and punctuated the third-quarter run by burying a 3-pointer while drawing contact from Bryant. He completed the four-point play and scored 14 points in the quarter. Bryant, meanwhile, spent two hours in the afternoon at his old stomping grounds of Lower Merion High in suburban Ardmore, where he visited with coaches and teachers and talked to the boys basketball team on the eve of the state playoffs. The Lakers arrived at the arena barely an hour before tipoff because of the Friday traffic. They didn’t show up at all in the second half, though, losing the third quarter 32-18 and trailing by 16 points with seven minutes remaining. Cook fouled out in barely 90 seconds in the fourth, depriving the Lakers of a both big man and a shooter to help Bryant. Philadelphia made twice as many free throws (29 of 37) as the Lakers shot (11 of 14) for the game. “We didn’t play smart enough,” Jackson said. “I think some of the guys felt we didn’t play hard enough; I thought we just didn’t play smart enough.” The only good news for the Lakers was that Denver lost to Detroit, leaving them with a 2 1-2-game lead for sixth in the Western Conference standings. They also could take comfort in returning home . . . to play a Dallas team that has won 16 games in a row. With Sunday’s loss, the Lakers became the first Jackson-coached team ever to suffer two five-game losing streaks in one season. “You can’t feel that pressure about winning or when you’re going to win or how you’re going to win,” Jackson said. “You just go play (the games) and play hard.” LAKER NOTES: The Lakers explored petitioning the NBA for a roster exception involving injured players that would have enabled them to audition free agent Scottie Pippen on a 10-day contract before deciding such a move didn’t make sense. Although the Lakers have a full 15-man roster, Jackson outlined a special case in which the NBA would allow the Lakers to add a 16th player provided that they declared four of their injured players out for at least 14 days. The Lakers have three players who fit the bill in Chris Mihm, Vladimir Radmanovic and Lamar Odom. When it comes to a fourth player, however, Jackson is hopeful that Luke Walton can return from a sprained ankle next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a wilting,” Jackson said. All that was left was for the Lakers to pack up and head home from an 0-4 road trip. They dropped their fifth consecutive game, 11th out of the last 14, and have to wonder if they’ll be able to stay in playoff position these final 19 games. PHILADELPHIA – The traffic was so snarled for the bus ride to the Wachovia Center for Friday’s game that Phil Jackson jokingly claimed it must have been a product of the flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Then came the second half of the Lakers’ 108-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, when Jackson’s team gave up a 20-3 run out of the locker room and left the coach to continue with the horticultural theme for the night.