Oswego State Men’s Hockey Falls Short In Defensive Battle 2-1 To Elmira

After scoring seven goals in the first game of the season, the Oswego State men’s hockey offense was shut down in a 2-1 loss at Elmira on Saturday night. Both goaltenders were showcased during the contest as the Lakers’ Paul Beckwith (So., Cleveland, Ohio) stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced, only to be outdone by the Soaring Eagles’ Casey Tuttle, who registered 37 saves. Both squads are now 1-1-0 on the season.

Oswego State picked up where it left on Friday night as it peppered Tuttle with 19 shots in the first period, but the Lakers would come up empty on the scoreboard as the teams skated into the first intermission knotted at 0-0.

Elmira turned the tides in the second period as it came out of the locker room as the aggressor putting 21 shots on goal. However, it was Beckwith’s turn to frustrate the opposing offense until Rusty Masters broke through for his second goal of the season with 10:53 elapsed in the frame.

With less than two minutes remaining, Paul Rodrigues (Fr., Etobicoke, Ont.) evened the contest at 1-1 with his second goal of the year after receiving the feed from Jon Whitelaw (Fr., Huntsville, Ont.) and Luke Moodie (Fr., Burlington, Ont.). The Soaring Eagles regained the lead after the ensuing faceoff as Darcy Vaillancourt scored with assists going to Martin Lee and Masters at the 18:26 mark.

Oswego State pulled Beckwith with 29 seconds remaining for the extra attacker, but Tuttle came up with three saves during that time to preserve the victory for Elmira.

Neither team was able to capitalize on the power play as the Lakers went 0-for-6 and the Soaring Eagles went 0-for-5 with the skater advantage. Elmira held a distinct advantage in the face-off circles as it won 50 draws compared to 31 for Oswego State.

The Lakers start conference competition on Friday, Oct. 30 when they travel to Buffalo State to face the Bengals at 7 p.m.