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September 18, 2018

Oswego State men’s ice hockey team skates past Fredonia


Oswego, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team advanced to the SUNYAC Championship semifinals with a 3-2 win over Fredonia in the first round at the Campus Center Ice Arena on Wednesday night.

With the win, Oswego improves to 18-6-2 on the season while the Blue Devils fall to 7-14-6.

Oswego will face No. 2 Plattsburgh on the road at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets will be available at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Campus Center Box Office.

There is a very limited number of tickets and they will only be able to be purchased with cash at the box office.

There are no phone or online options for ticket sales. Fans will be limited to one ticket per person. Students will receive a free ticket with a valid student ID while all other tickets will be $8.

Tickets will also be available on game day at the Plattsburgh Box Office, with sales starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Lakers earned the game with a power-play goal at 7:04 of the third period. Bobby Gertsakis played a top the offense and swung a pass over to Alex Botten.

Botten was able to send a pass careening cross-ice to find Matt Galati who buried the eventual game-winner.

Oswego earned a power-play opportunity after killing 1:41 of its own penalty when Fredonia was caught with too many men on the ice.

With :19 left in the Blue Devils’ power-play, Fredonia tried to make a line change but the puck went in front of the bench.

A Blue Devil coming onto the ice touched the puck and was immediately hit with the penalty.

The two teams played four-on-four for the remaining :19 on the Laker penalty before Oswego gained the extra-man.

Oswego was able to get on the board first, as senior David Titanic wrapped around the goal and found Mike Montagnaawaiting a pass on the edge of the crease.

Titanic was able to put the puck on the freshman’s stick and Montagna deflected in a score at 15:41 of the opening period.

The Lakers held the 1-0 advantage until 9:56 of the second when Fredonia capitalized on an extra-man opportunity. Matt Galati was whistled for elbowing and with just :11 left on the power-play, Alex Perkins was able to find the back of the net off passes from Cory Melkert and Taylor Bourne.

At the beginning of the power-play, Krystian Yorke was able to intercept a Blue Devil pass at the blue line and start off on a breakaway.

Yorke fired a shot but the Fredonia goaltender was able to make a pad save to prevent the shorthanded goal.

Oswego would regain the lead just under four minutes later as Andrew Barton went right top shelf, drilling a shot past the goalie’s left side.

Barton was the recipient of a 2-on-1 situation as teammate Josh Timpano sent a beautiful pass across the ice for the goal at 13:47 to give the Lakers a 2-1 edge.

Fredonia would keep the game even headed into the final intermission, however, as the Blue Devils netted a score with just :41 left in the second.

Brian Doust was able to knock in a goal off a rebound after Matt Zawadzki made a great save but could not catch the ricochet with his glove. Mitch Kaufmann and Stephen Castriota were credited with assists on the play.

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