PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The second-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against SUNYAC rival and sixth-ranked Plattsburgh on Friday night at Stafford Ice Arena in the Lakers’ first contest since November 19. Goaltending was the story of the game as Oswego State’s Andrew Hare registered 35 saves and Cardinal Mathieu Cadieux made 34 saves to keep both squads separated by one point in the league standings.
The Lakers, who moved to 7-1-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the SUNYAC, will face Potsdam in a 7 p.m. contest. The Bears defeated Cortland, 5-1, earlier in the evening. Plattsburgh, which is 5-2-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference, will play Cortland.
The tie extended the Lakers’ current unbeaten streak against the Cardinals to six games and marked just the fourth tie in the storied rivalry consisting of 102 meetings.
Oswego State got on the scoreboard first at 9:16 in the first period when Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) was assisted by Paul Rodrigues (Jr., Etobicoke, Ont.) and Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) for his fifth goal of the season. The goal came roughly one minute after the Lakers killed off their only penalty of the contest.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Plattsburgh leveled the score at one goal apiece when Paul Puglisi scored his first goal of the year unassisted. Chris Ayotte (Jr., Cornwall, Ont.) regained the lead for Oswego State at the 6:06 mark with assists be awarded to Matt Singleton (Jr., Whitby, Ont.) and David Titanic (So., Markham, Ont.). However, the Cardinals quickly responded with a goal by Alex Jensen at 7:21.
The Lakers out-shot the home team by a margin of 14-7 in the stanza, but was unable to get the puck past Cadieux again as the score remained knotted at 2-2 heading into the final period.
Plattsburgh came out of the locker room with renewed intensity, forcing Hare to stop 18 shots in the stanza before the Lakers applied their own pressure near the end of regulation. Neither team was able to tally the winning marker, though, as the game went into overtime.
Hare and Cadieux were perfect in the extra five minutes for their respective squads, as Hare made three saves compared to Cadieux’s two.
Special teams were not a large factor in the game as Oswego State was whistled for just one penalty and Plattsburgh was sent to the penalty box on two occasions.