The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team saw its 25-game home winning streak come to an end Thursday night as it suffered a 5-1 loss to Hamilton College in the first round of the PathFinder Bank/Oswego Hockey Classic. The top-ranked Lakers, who fell to 12-2-0 overall, will face UW-Stevens Point in the consolation game at 4 p.m. on Friday. The Continentals, who improved to 5-3-0, will square off against Hobart in the championship game at 1 p.m. at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Hamilton stormed out of the gates in the first period capitalizing on an Oswego State boarding penalty midway through the frame. Bryan Kelly carried the puck up the left side of the rink before being checked off the puck. Anthony Ruberto picked up the puck and laced a pass through the slot to Joe Houk, who was crashing to the net. Houk slid the puck under Laker goaltender Andrew Hare to give Hamilton a 1-0 lead at the 10:03 mark. The score stood at the first intermission.
Midway through the second period, Oswego State’s Joe Hall ripped a shot that clanged off the pipe and crossbar. The rebound went to the Continentals, who created an odd-man rush the opposite direction. Thomas Williams and Nick Anderson had a 2-on-1 opportunity as Williams fed Anderson for his third goal of the season at 12:24 in the frame to put Hamilton ahead 2-0. Anderson added another goal in the final two minutes of the stanza to make the score 3-0 with 20 minutes remaining.
The Lakers got on the scoreboard at 5:13 in the third period when Ian Boots crashed the net for a loose puck. Hank Van Boxmeer and Paul Rodrigues were awarded assists on the goal. However, the Continentals quickly responded with a pair of goals in under 30 seconds in the ninth minute of the frame to bring the score to 5-1.
Hamilton’s Scott Hefferman registered 27 saves for the victory. Oswego State’s Andrew Hare suffered the loss with 26 saves in 48:45, while Dan Jones posted three saves in the final 11:02.
The loss marked the first time that the Lakers suffered a home loss since February 21, 2009 when they fell to Potsdam, 4-2.