OSWEGO, N.Y. – The No. 6/7 Oswego State men’s ice hockey team never trailed in a battle of two of the nation’s best teams, defeating Hobart College on Saturday night at home.
Oswego held a two-goal advantage at three points in the tilt and fought past a couple of narrow one-goal margins in the second and third periods.
Results: Oswego 4, Hobart 2
Location: Marano Campus Center Arena – Oswego, N.Y.
Records: Oswego (3-0-0) | Hobart (3-2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Oswego jumped out to a hot start with a 2-0 lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the first period.
Jody Sullivan started the scoring as he crept in past the blue line and punished a wrister past the Statesmen goalie’s right shoulder just under the crossbar at 11:11.
Less than two minutes later, the Lakers made Hobart pay for a holding penalty with a goal at 12:48.
Travis Broughman had a solid chance in front of the net but a Hobart save contributed to a scrum for the rebound. Anthony Passero had the wherewithal to sneak his stick between a defender’s legs and punch out the puck to an undefended Aaron Huffnagle for a tally.
Hobart would cut the deficit in half before the first intermission as Julien Denicourt scored from the point with Laker goalie David Richer unable to see the shot through traffic.
Denicourt would not make it to the intermission, however, receiving a 5-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct with 1:38 left in the first.
In a penalty-riddled middle period, Oswego was the only team to find the back of the net.
Michael Gillespie flipped a pass out of the Lakers’ defensive zone to Passero, who used a give-and-go with Derek Brown to make it a 3-1 Oswego advantage.
Hobart made it tense with an early goal in the final 20 minutes but the Laker defense held the Statesmen at bay, giving way to a final seconds, empty-net goal by Mitch Emerson.
Emerson was assisted by Broughman and Devin Campbell, who cleared the puck out of the Laker zone with a Statesmen skater nearby.
Oswego dominated most statistical categories on the night, including shots on-goal (23-14), faceoffs won (37-22) and blocked shots (9-5).
Special teams were solid on the night as well, as the penalty-kill unit prevented Hobart from scoring on two chances while the Lakers recorded a power-play goal on four opportunities.
Richer moved to 2-0-0 on the year, making 12 saves, including a one-on-none shorthanded attempt by the Statesmen in the second period.
Oswego will trek west next weekend, facing Fredonia at 7 p.m. on Friday to jump start a SUNYAC road weekend.