GENEVA, N.Y. – Hobart handed the top-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team its first loss of the season in a 5-2 decision Saturday night in Geneva. The Statesmen took advantage of quick goals at the start of the first and second periods forcing the Lakers to play from behind nearly the entire contest. Oswego State moved to 12-1-0 overall, while the Statesmen improved to 5-3-1.
Hobart pounced on the Lakers immediately from the opening faceoff. Oswego State netminder Dan Jones stopped the first shot by Josh Taylor, but Matthew Wallace was there for the rebound to give the Statesmen the lead 36 seconds into the contest. The Lakers leveled the game at 1-1 following an interference penalty that led to Stephen Mallaro’s second goal of the season after receiving a pass from Ian Boots at 12:48. It would be the last score of the period despite Oswego State being outshot, 17-10, as the squads went into the intermission deadlocked.
The Statesmen came out quickly in the second period as Danny Organ found Cam Miller for a goal at the 1:09 mark. Following a pair of Oswego State penalties minutes later, Hobart gained a two-man advantage for over a minute, which resulted in a goal by Frank Salituro with nine seconds left in the first penalty to put the Statesmen ahead 3-1. The Lakers responded with a power-play goal of their own before the end of the frame. Eight seconds into a Hobart cross-checking penalty, Luke Moodie brought Oswego State to within a goal at 14:22. Jon Whitelaw and Paul Rodrigues were awarded assists on the play.
Brad Richard pushed the lead back to two goals for the Statesmen at 4-2 after Harry Radovich hit him with a pass midway through the third period. The Lakers battled to get back into the game, but were called for a major penalty at 14:55, forcing the squad to skate a player short for the duration of the game. Hobart sealed the victory with a power-play goal on another 5-on-3 chance by Ryan Corcoran with just over a minute remaining.
In a physical contest, both squads combined to commit 17 penalties resulting in a pair of power play goals for each team. Jones finished the game with 37 saves on 42 shots in the losing effort. Nick Broadwater recorded 25 saves on 27 shots for the Statesmen.
Oswego State returns to action on Dec. 30-31 when it hosts the PathFinder Bank/Oswego Classic at the Campus Center Arena. Participating teams include the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Hamilton, and Hobart.