The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team controlled the tempo from the opening face-off en route to a 2-0 victory over visiting Skidmore Tuesday night at the Campus Center Arena. Laker goalie Dan Jones made 25 saves to record his first collegiate shutout and the team’s third of the season. The win moved Oswego State’s overall record to 14-2-0, while the Thoroughbreds dropped to 3-7-1.
The Lakers got on the scoreboard late in the first period when they took advantage of the only penalty called in the frame. With time winding down on the power play, Oswego State goalie Dan Jones took advantage of a Skidmore line change, and fired a quick outlet pass to Luke Moodie, who tapped the puck to Jon Whitelaw as Moodie was getting off the ice. Whitelaw skated in on Thoroughbred goaltender Colin Bessey, and made no mistake on the shot as he lifted it under the crossbar to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead at 16:48 and just four seconds left on the power play. Jones also earned an assist on the score.
After a fast second period, Skidmore had an opportunity to tie the contest early in the third period when Chris Powers forced a defensive Oswego State turnover at the blue line. Powers had a solo chance against Jones, but Jones came up with key saves on the initial shot and subsequent rebound.
The Lakers transitioned quickly through the neutral zone allowing Dan Bremner to streak up the left side of the ice after receiving a pass from Kyle Badham. Bremner fought to get around the defender, and was able to put enough on a shot to get it past Bessey at 3:28 in the stanza.
Skidmore called timeout and pulled Bessey, who finished with 34 saves, at 18:48 remaining for the skater advantage in an effort to put a goal on the board. However, the defense stood tall to preserve the shutout.
Oswego State hosts Curry on Saturday at 7 p.m. before going on a five-game road trip before returning to Oswego on Saturday, Feb. 12.