OSWEGO, N.Y. – Tyler Leimbrock (Jr., Bolton, Ont.) gave the second-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team a boost in the second period with a pair of goals to help the Lakers avenge an early-season loss to 10th-ranked Utica (11-5-0) by defeating the Pioneers, 5-2, on Saturday. In a penalty-riddled affair where both teams combined for 38 penalties, Oswego State (12-2-2) killed off 12 penalties and recorded four combined power-play and short-handed goals in the win.
After both squads skated to a scoreless tie at the end of 20 minutes, Leimbrock ended the tie 4:45 into the second period. Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) caused a neutral-ice turnover, as the teams were skating 4-on-4. Boots tapped the puck to Leimbrock as he was skating up the center of the rink. Leimbrock, then, wristed a shot top shelf over Therrien’s blocker side to put the Lakers ahead 1-0.
Near the end of the second period, Boots and Leimbrock continued to create havoc on the penalty kill. Utica was trying to set up its power-play attack in its defensive zone, but thanks to pressure from Boots, the Pioneer goalie misplayed the puck right in front of the goal. Leimbrock was in position to be able to tap the puck into the empty net at 18:35.
The Lakers took a 3-0 goal lead with 1.3 seconds remaining in the second period when Jon Whitelaw’s (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) shot from the point clanged off the left pipe, then bounced off Therrien’s back into the goal, for the power-play score.
Utica got on the scoreboard at 8:21 when Mike Slowikowski’s shot from the right point made its way through traffic past Hare. Trevor Hertz was credited with an assist on the play to make the score 3-1. However, Oswego State quickly regained its three-goal advantage 30 seconds later when Hank Van Boxmeer (Sr., Orange, Calif.) lit the lamp for his first goal of the season, while on the power play as Boots earned his second assist of the game, prompting Utica to switch goalies.
Later in the period, Utica pulled Smith during a Pioneer power play. Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) sealed the win with a short-handed empty net goal that traveled from the Utica blue line into the net at 17:22 to make the score 5-1. Rob Morton tacked on a goal for the Pioneers with 1:07 to play, but it was not enough to help the visitors.
Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) picked up his tenth win of the season with 17 saves, while Nick Therrien picked up the loss after giving up four goals and stopping 21 shots. Evan Smith made 11 saves in relief of Therrien.
The Lakers return to conference play on Friday, Jan. 20 when they host Cortland at 7 p.m.