POTSDAM, N.Y. – With the score tied in the second period, Tyler Leimbrock (Jr., Bolton, Ont.) scored two goals to help the No. 2 Oswego State men’s ice hockey team come away with a 6-4 win over Potsdam on Saturday at Maxcy Hall. The Lakers held a 3-1 lead after the first period, but the Bears leveled the score before Leimbrock created the two-goal margin and Chris Muise (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) tallied an empty-net goal to seal the win.
Oswego State, which improved to 8-1-2 overall and 6-0-2 in the SUNYAC, will play ECAC West foe Hobart next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ice Arena. Potsdam dropped to 5-4-0 overall and 4-4-0 in the league.
The Lakers skated out to a quick two-goal lead following scores by Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) and Taylor Farris (Jr., Oakville, Ont.). Whitelaw broke the ice with his sixth goal of the season at 4:37 as assists were awarded to Paul Rodrigues (Jr., Etobicoke, Ont.) and Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, Ont.). Farris extended the lead minutes later when he received a pass from Chris Ayotte (Jr., Cornwall, Ont.).
Potsdam got on the board when it capitalized on an Oswego State interference penalty, as Trevor Cope tallied his fourth goal of the year to make the score, 2-1. The lead moved back to two goals when Eli Kim-Swallow (Fr., Toronto, Ont.) posted his first collegiate goal in his first game at the 14:42 mark in the first period.
The Bears evened the score at three goals midway through the second frame when Max Fogel and Cope netted markers. Cope’s second goal of the game at 14:56 prompted head coach Ed Gosek to make a goaltending change as he replaced Dan Jones (Jr., Richmond Hill, Ont.) with Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, Ont.). The tie did not last long, though, as Leimbrock ended the stalemate at the 16:11 mark with an unassisted goal for the last marker of the frame.
It remained a one-goal game until Leimbrock found the back of the net at 15:03 in the third period. Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) and Kim-Swallow were credited with assists on the play. Potsdam cut its deficit in half one minute later when Erick Ware scored 16 seconds into a high-sticking penalty.
The Bears pulled goaltender Dylan Ellis with 1:05 remaining in an effort to send the game into overtime. However, Muise sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 19:25 as Andrew Mather (Sr., Ottawa, Ont.) and David Titanic (So., Markham, Ont.) assisted the play.
Ellis kept Potsdam in the game as he made 47 saves, including 21 in the second period. Jones posted 12 saves in nearly 35 minutes, while Hare stopped 11 shots in the final 25 minutes.
After only committing one penalty the night before, Oswego State was whistled for eight penalties compared to six for the Bears, who went 2-for-5 with the extra attacker. The Lakers ended the game 1-for-4 on the power play.