Balanced Attack Leads Oswego State Men’s Hockey Team To Victory

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Eight different players scored to help the No. 2-Oswego State men’s ice hockey team cruise to a 10-2 win against Fredonia (10-9-3, 5-6-3 SUNYAC) Friday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) tallied two goals and an assist to become the 48th member of the Lakers’ 100-Point Club. Oswego State (18-2-2, 11-0-2 SUNYAC) held a 4-0 lead eight minutes into the game, and never looked back, as it built a three-point advantage over Plattsburgh, which lost Friday night.

Paul Rodrigues (Jr., Etobicoke, Ont.) fed Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, Ont.), who was crashing the net through the slot at 4:47 in the first period. Whitelaw was also credited with an assist. On the subsequent shift, Chris Brown (Jr., Centreville, Ont.) was camping out at the far post before receiving a pass from David Titanic (So., Markham, Ont.) and Chris Carr (Fr., Burlington, Ont.) to make it a 2-0 contest.

Whitelaw posted the first of his two goals at 7:17 when he ripped a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that made its way through traffic and past Fredonia goalie Mark Friesen. Moodie earned an assist on the play, which prompted the Blue Devils to call timeout.

Chris Ayotte’s (Jr., Cornwall, Ont.) goal forty seconds later chased Friesen from the game after Ayotte received a series of passes from Matt Singleton (Jr., Whitby, Ont.) and Kyle Badham (So., Oakville, Ont.) to make the score 4-0. Friesen recorded three saves on seven shots before being relieved by Jeff Holloway.

Whitelaw’s 100th career point came at 18:12 in the first, when he buried a pass from Rodrigues for his 12th goal of the season and 36th of his career, as Oswego State took a 5-0 advantage into the first intermission.

The Lakers continued to roll in the second period when a Tyler Leimbrock (Jr., Bolton, Ont.) shot was stopped by Holloway’s right pad, but Chris Muise (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) flipped the rebound over the goalie and under the crossbar at 4:17.

However, Fredonia got on the scoreboard while on its lone power play of the game when Mike Monfredo’s blast from the left point got past Laker goalie Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, Ont.), who never saw the shot due to a screen in front of him.

Oswego State got the goal back at 13:30 when Singleton put away a loose puck during a scramble in front of the net. Hank Van Boxmeer (Sr., Orange, Calif.) and Ayotte earned assists on Singleton’s third marker of the season.

It became an 8-1 contest when Van Boxmeer held his slap shot from the blue line long enough for Holloway to commit before lacing a pass to Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) for a one-timer at the left faceoff circle into an empty net at 15:54 in the second period. The Lakers netted their second power-play goal at the 17:28 mark when Muise posted his second goal of the night with going to Boots and Leimbrock, as the score was 9-1 with 20 minutes remaining.

With the game in hand, Taylor Farris (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) got in on the scoring at 5:51 when his slap shot from the right point got past Holloway. Fredonia added its second goal six minutes later after Mike Muhs scored his sixth goal of the season.

Hare finished the game with 25 saves, while Holloway compiled 30 saves.

The Lakers host Buffalo State Saturday at 7 p.m.