POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Oswego State Men’s Ice Hockey team finished their second North Country trip of the season with a victory over the Potsdam Bears this evening. The Lakers went back and forth with the Bears in scoring, tied 3-3 late in the period, Potsdam goalkeeper misplayed a penalty-killing clear from Connor Sleeth resulting in a 4-3 victory in Oswego’s favor.
Final Score:#6 Oswego State 4 (11-5-1, 8-2-1 SUNYAC), SUNY Potsdam 3 (4-14-1, 4-8-0 SUNYAC)
Location: Maxcy Ice Arena, Potsdam, New York
HOW IT HAPPENED
The beginning of the contest started with multiple shots for the Lakers but were unable to hit the twine.
At 10:43, Quinn Warmuth netted the games first goal in full strength capacity. Daniel Colabufo and Shane Bull both assisted on the Green and Gold’s first tally.
Just over six minutes later, Potsdam tied the contest with an even strength goal.
The first period ended knotted at one, although the Lakers dominated every stat category including outshooting the Bears by a margin of 11-5 and winning 11 of the 20 faceoffs in the period.
The second period started out as if Potsdam knew they needed to make a charge in the middle period to stay in the game. That is exactly what they did.
6:30 into the period after multiple opportunities, Potsdam took their first lead of the contest on the powerplay.
Oswego put on the pressure after the Bears second goal, holding the momentum through the period.
At the 16:08 mark, with a beautiful play from Shane Bull, Jackson Arcan found himself in front of the net all alone with an empty net, he made no mistake and tied the contest for the #6 ranked Lakers. Ryan Bunka added a secondary assist on the play.
As stated above, Oswego held the momentum and scored the go-ahead goal just 45 seconds after tying the game.
Connor Gatto in similar fashion as Arcan scored to the left post of the Potsdam goaltender after great forechecking by Alex DiCarlo and Tommy Cahill, both earning assists on the goal.
Oswego continued the trend, outshooting the Bears in the second period 14-9 and narrowly won the faceoff battle 16-13.
Oswego found themselves on a powerplay 2:31 into the final period, but they were unable to capitalize on the man-advantage.
Potsdam tied the contest on the powerplay 8:11 into the third period.
At 16:32, Rocco Adreachhi was called for hooking which, oddly enough, turned into a good situation for the Lakers.
The Lakers fourth goal was scored in odd fashion as Connor Sleeth cleared the zone on the Andreacchi penalty kill, backhanding it all the way down the ice, the Potsdam goaltender overplayed the puck, sneaking past him to give the Lakers the 4-3 lead with 3:03 remaining in the contest.
This was the final result in the SUNYAC contest as the #6 Lakers moved to 8-2-1 in conference play.
In contrast to the first two periods, the Lakers were actually statistically outplayed in the final period, being outshot 10-6 and had one more penalty in the period than the Bears. Richie Parent recorded his second victory of the season with a total of 21 saves. WHAT’S NEXT
Oswego will take on the Red Dragons of Cortland on Friday, January 27th for Power Play Youth Hockey Night at the Deborah F. Stanley Arena at 7:00PM. This will be the Lakers’ first home game since December 31st.
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