UTICA, N.Y.- A pair of goals from defender Taylor Farris (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) were not enough to help the Oswego State men’s ice hockey team, as the No. 2-Lakers were upset by 13th-ranked Utica, 3-2, at Utica Memorial Arena. Farris pulled the visitors to within one goal at 5:33 in the third period, but the Pioneers stood their ground to pull out the victory. The loss drops Oswego State to 3-1-0 overall, while Utica improved to 2-0-0.
The Pioneers opened the scoring at 11:28 in the first period when they took advantage of a Laker penalty. Evan Chlanda lit the lamp after receiving a pass from Rob Morton and Steve Charest for the early lead. However, Oswego State went into the locker room with the score tied compliments of Farris’ first goal of the evening at the 17:00 mark with assists going to Andrew Mather (Sr., Ottawa, Ont.) and Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.).
Utica broke the tie less than five minutes into the second stanza with a goal from Mike Slowikowski. It appeared as if it would be a one-goal game heading into the final period, but the Pioneers’ Trevor Hertz netted his second goal of the season with 58 seconds remaining to give Utica a 2-1 edge.
Farris cut the deficit in half at 5:33 after Tim Carr (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) hit him with a pass. Momentum seemed to be on Oswego State’s side until less than two minutes later the Lakers were whistled for two penalties. The penalty kill unit staved off the two-minute, two-man advantage to keep Oswego State in the game. The Lakers went on the power play at 12:26 following a Pioneer holding penalty, but were unable to level the score. Oswego State pulled its goaltender with a minute remaining, and again were stonewalled as Utica came away with the victory.
Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) suffered his first loss of the season with 28 saves on 31 shots, while Nick Therrien picked up his first win of the season after stopping 26 of 28 shots.
The Lakers resume SUNYAC play next weekend when they take on Geneseo on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Campus Center Ice Arena.