Plattsburgh, N.Y. – The No. 3-seeded Oswego State men’s ice hockey team knocked off No. 2 Plattsburgh in the semifinals of the SUNYAC Championship in Strafford Ice Arena on Saturday night.
It is the second-straight weekend that the Lakers took down their archrivals on the road and with this Saturday’s win, Oswego has advanced to the SUNYAC Championship game and will play No. 1 seed Geneseo on the road at 7 p.m. on next Saturday.
Josh Timpano scored the game-winning goal at 10:15 of the final period as Andrew Barton wrapped around the goal and found his teammate in front of the crease.
The duo has been lethal in this postseason, as Barton was the recipient of a Timpano pass in the first round 3-2 victory over Fredonia.
Oswego and Plattsburgh played even first period, with neither team gaining an edge to head to the first intermission still knotted at 0-0. The Cardinals changed that in the second period, however, as Alex Jensen was able to notch his 13th goal of the year off pass from Kevin Emerling and Dillan Fox.
The Lakers would not back down after heading to the final break trailing 1-0, as Mike Montagna tallied the equalizer at 6:24 of the third period. After Plattsburgh was whistled for hooking on what looked to be a breakaway opportunity for Oswego, Montagna netted a goal off assists from David Titanic and Nick Rivait.
Matt Zawadzki stood tall in net for the Lakers, stopping all but one of the Cardinals attempts, totaling 31 saves on the night.
Zawadzki corralled a blasted shot right after the Lakers scored the go-ahead goal, snagging a beautiful glove save at 13:48.