CORTLAND, N.Y. – The second-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team recorded five power-play goals en route to defeating Cortland, 6-0, to open conference play Friday night at Alumni Arena. Paul Rodrigues (Jr., Etobicoke, Ont.) and Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) registered two goals each to pace the Laker offense, while Andrew Hare (Jr., Burlington, N.Y.) made 19 saves for the shutout.
Oswego State, which improved to 3-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the SUNYAC, will travel to Utica to face the Pioneers at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The game marked the season opener for the Red Dragons, who will face Hobart tomorrow.
After a scoreless first period, the Lakers exploded for five goals in an exciting second period to break the game wide open. The scoring started early in the frame when Oswego State capitalized on an interference penalty as Paul Rodrigues scored his first goal of the season at the 2:17 mark with assists awarded to Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.) and Zack Josepher (Jr., Wantagh, N.Y.).
On the ensuing shift, Boots broke away from the Cortland defense to give the Lakers a two-goal cushion. Coach Gosek’s power-play unit struck again nearly ten minutes later with a goal from Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, N.Y.) to make the score 3-0. Assists were credited to Rodrigues and Whitelaw on the play. However, Oswego State was far from done, though, as Chris Brown (Jr., Centreville, N.Y.) and Rodrigues added two more markers with extra attackers before the period was over to take a commanding 5-0 advantage into intermission.
Boots posted his second goal of the game at 14:26 in the third period after receiving a pass from Brown to cruise to the victory.
The Lakers out-shot Cortland, 40-19, and went an astounding 5-for-11 on the power play, while effectively killing all four penalties to preserve the shutout. Hare posted his second career shutout. Brittan Kuhlman recorded 34 saves in the losing effort for the Red Dragons.