Defense Lifts Oswego State Men’s Ice Hockey Over Elmira 6-2

OSWEGO – Defensemen accounted for three Oswego State men’s ice hockey goals to help the second-ranked Lakers handle sixth-ranked Elmira, 6-2, in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Junior Jesse McConney (Barrie, Ont.) recorded the first two goals of his collegiate career, while classmate Tim Carr (Burlington, Ont.) added another goal from the blue line to move Oswego State to 2-0-0 overall. The loss drops Elmira to 0-2-0 in the young season.

Special teams play set the tone early when the Lakers capitalized 13 seconds into a 5-on-3 opportunity. McConney and Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) exchanged passes at the top of the zone until McConney sniped a wrist shot over Elmira goalie Darren McDonald’s glove from between the face-off circles at 5:17. A scramble in front of the net produced Oswego State’s second goal as Tyler Leimbrock (Jr., Bolton, Ont.) put away a rebound on the glove side after a blast from Hank Van Boxmeer (Sr., Orange, Calif.) with 3:40 remaining in the frame.

McConney put the Lakers ahead 3-0 after McConney laced a shot across the ice just inside the left post from the top of the blue line 32 seconds into the second period. Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) put away a rebound after a shot by Chris Muise (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) just three minutes later to put Oswego State ahead 4-0. The goal forced the Elmira coaching staff to call timeout and pull McDonald for Ryan deMelo.

However, the change did not slow down the Lakers as the lead grew to five goals following some nifty stick work through the crease by Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, Ont.). Moodie lifted the puck over deMelo’s left pad with it being 4-on-4 at 10:48 in the second period. Elmira got on the scoreboard before the end of the stanza, though, when Darcy Vaillancourt hit Rick Acorn with a pass from behind the net while the Soaring Eagles were on the power play to make the score 5-1 at the end of two periods.

Neither team netted a goal in the third period until Tim Carr (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) got a puck past deMelo, who was screened by traffic at 9:56. The Soaring Eagles scored another power play goal before the end of the game when Wes Consorti tapped a pass through the crease from Jesper Strale into an open net along the left post.

It was a penalty-riddled contest as both teams combined to commit 20 penalties for 40 minutes. Oswego State went 2-for-9 with the extra attacker compared to Elmira, which went 2-for-10.

Laker keeper Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) picked up the win between the pipes making 30 saves on 32 shots. McDonald suffered the loss after stopping 14 shots and allowing four goals in 23:44, while deMelo recorded 21 saves on 23 shots.

Oswego State starts SUNYAC play Friday, Oct. 28 when it travels to Cortland to face the Red Dragons at 7 p.m.