OSWEGO, N.Y. – The top-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team (21-2-2, 14-0-2 SUNYAC) posted its second consecutive shutout to close out the regular season with a 3-0 win against Potsdam (8-15-2, 6-10-0 SUNYAC) Saturday at the Campus Center Arena. Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) registered 19 saves for his second shutout in as many games to send over five seniors in style on White-Out Weekend.
After a quick first period with few whistles, Oswego State stepped it up a notch coming out of the locker room by controlling play in the second period, outshooting Potsdam by a margin of 20-4. Tyler Leimbrock (Jr., Bolton, Ontario) woke up the quiet Oswego crowd when his rebound from the bottom of the near-side faceoff circle went over Potsdam goalie Kevin McFarland’s left shoulder under the crossbar at 9:03 while the Lakers were on the power play. Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) and Chris Muise (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) received assists on Leimbrock’s 12th marker of the year.
It became a 2-0 contest at 13:23 in the second when Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) wristed a pass that came through the slot on a 2-on-1 chance from Tim Carr (Jr., Burlington, Ont.) just under the crossbar for Whitelaw’s 17th goal of the season.
Oswego State appeared to have established a three-goal lead at 12:36 when the puck slid under a sprawling McFarland near the far post, but it was waved off for not crossing the goal line. Potsdam stayed in the game, though, when the Lakers were called for a five-minute major with 2:44 remaining in regulation. The Bears were unable to take advantage of the extra skater, while Matt Singleton (Jr., Whitby, Ont.) tacked on a short-handed, empty-net goal at 19:38 to seal the win.
The Lakers went 1-for-2 on the power play compared to Potsdam going 0-for-3. McFarland played well between the pipes tallying 44 saves in the loss.
Oswego State hosts a SUNYAC semifinal game on Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m. against the lowest-remaining seed after Wednesday night’s two conference play-in contests. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for SUNY Oswego students with a valid ID. Additional ticket information will be released on Sunday.