Luke Moodie tallied a natural hat trick during a six-minute span to break open a tight contest as the Oswego State men’s ice hockey team skated to a 7-1 victory over Potsdam Friday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena to kick off White-Out Weekend. The Lakers held a tenuous 1-0 lead before Moodie scored his first goals of the season at 17:06 and 19:58 in the second period. Oswego State, which improved to 5-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the league, will host Plattsburgh Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bears, who are 1-2-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the conference, will travel to Cortland.
Oswego State took control of the game from the opening faceoff and carried that energy throughout the majority of the first period. The Lakers capitalized on a Potsdam power play when Justin Fox and Chris Laganiere found Stephen Mallaro at the center of the blueline. Mallaro blasted a shot that deflected off a Bear defender’s stick into the right side of the net past Trevor O’Neill at the 10:57 mark to put Oswego State ahead 1-0.
However, two Laker penalties allowed Potsdam to seize the momentum. The Bears were unable to score, but minutes later they had three golden opportunities while short-handed. Oswego State goalie Paul Beckwith came up with two crucial saves and a Potsdam shot went wide of the net to preserve the 1-0 lead after the first period.
The second period proved to be a showcase of dueling goaltenders as each player produced several stellar saves to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the Lakers. Oswego State’s fourth line was able to get the puck through O’Neill. Tyler Leimbrock carried the puck up the right side before lacing a pass to Matt Singleton, who was near the right post. Singleton put a shot on goal, but the rebound came to Moodie for his first goal of the season at 17:06.
He was not finished, though. With the period winding down, Tim Carr hit Singleton at center ice with a pass. Singleton was able to draw multiple Potsdam defenders before sliding the puck to Moodie as he crossed the blueline. He skated in alone on O’Neill for his second marker of the night, but more importantly gave the Lakers a 3-0 lead with two seconds remaining in the stanza.
The momentum carried over into the third when Singleton again found Moodie at the 3:26 mark to complete the natural hat trick. Jesse Ostring broke the shutout bid when he tallied his first goal of the year over five minutes later. Fraser Smith and Zack Juliano were credited with assists on the play. Oswego State quickly responded when Jon Whitelaw threaded a pass through the crease to Chris Muise, who batted in the goal to help the Lakers regain a three-goal advantage. Paul Rodrigues also earned a helper on the play.
Oswego State went on to add a pair of Justin Fox goals for the 7-1 win. Beckwith finished the night with 33 saves, including breakaway chances in the first and second periods, on 34 shots. O’Neill ended with 29 saves on 36 shots.