FREDONIA, N.Y. – One night after Bobby Gertsakis (So., Pickering, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal he wasted no time scoring the second and third to help the No. 2/5 Oswego State men’s ice hockey team (20-3-0, 13-1-0 SUNYAC) skate past Fredonia (7-14-3, 5-8-2) Saturday night.
Gertsakis tallied both goals on the power play, and accounted for the eventual game-winner.
The victory marked the 20th for the Lakers, as the program posted its fourth straight 20-win season for the first time since 1981-85. It also ensured a first-round bye for Oswego State in the SUNYAC Playoffs, meaning it will host a game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
Chris Brown (Sr., Centreville, Ontario) and Chris Muise (Sr., Oakville, Ontario) fed Gertsakis at the point where he got a shot past Blue Devil goalie Mark Friesen with four seconds left on a Fredonia elbowing penalty at the 6:08 mark. The home team tied the game in the last two minutes of the stanza when Stephen Castriota found the back of the net.
With the score even at the start of the second period, it did not take long for the Lakers to get back out in front, as Muise was the beneficiary of a series of passes from Chris Ayotte (Sr., Cornwall, Ontario) and Brown at 1:47. The Blue Devils leveled the score yet again minutes later when Taylor Bourne capitalized on an Oswego State slashing penalty.
The penalties continued to be handed out in the period until Gertsakis netted his third goal of the weekend with six seconds remaining in the frame after receiving a pass from Brown and Ayotte. It was Brown’s third helper of the night and sixth of the weekend as the Lakers went into intermission leading 3-2.
Both teams had a pair of power plays in the third, but unable to add more goals to the scoreboard. In a last ditch effort to send the game into overtime, Fredonia called timeout with 22 seconds left, but could not pull Friesen for an extra skater.
Andrew Hare (Sr., Burlington, Ontario) finished with 17 saves compared to 29 for Friesen. Oswego State tallied two power-play goals in six chances, while Fredonia went 1-for-5.
The Lakers close out the regular season next weekend in the North Country when they face Potsdam on Friday and Plattsburgh on Saturday.