BUFFALO, N.Y. – The second-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team completed a weekend conference sweep Saturday night by defeating Buffalo State, 5-3, in Buffalo. The squads entered the third period knotted at two before the Lakers scored three markers to improve to 7-1-1 overall and remain unbeaten in the SUNYAC at 5-0-1.
Paul Rodrigues (Jr., Etobicoke, Ont.) got Oswego State off to a quick start with his fourth goal of the season just under four minutes into the game after receiving a pass from Jon Whitelaw (Jr., Huntsville, Ont.). The Bengals (4-3-0 overall, 4-3-0 SUNYAC) evened the score at the 11:07 mark when Nick Melligan converted a Laker delay of game penalty into a goal. Tyler Nelson earned an assist on the play. Both teams went on commit a combined six penalties before the end of the period, but the 1-1 stalemate remained at the break.
Chris Brown (Jr., Centreville, Ont.) broke the tie with a power-play goal at 13:53 in the second period when he found the back of the net courtesy of an Ian Boots (Sr., Akwesasne, N.Y.) pass. However, Buffalo State again answered the call with a score by Matt Bessing three minutes later, as the squads were again level at intermission.
The Bengals took their first lead of the game 1:34 into the third period when Justin Knee tallied the second Buffalo State power-play goal of the evening with assists going to Trevor McKinney and Anthony Orange. This time it was Oswego State’s turn to counter as Rodrigues scored his second goal of the night with Luke Moodie (Jr., Oakville, Ont.) and Whitelaw receiving assists at 9:23.
On the ensuing faceoff, the Lakers carried the puck into their offensive zone where Rodrigues found Tim Carr (Jr., Burlington, Ont.), who got a shot past Bengal goaltender Kevin Carr to give Oswego State a 4-3 lead.
Buffalo State called timeout in the final minute to draw up a final play, but Boots found Kyle Badham (So., Oakville, Ont.) for the empty net goal to seal the 5-3 win.
Laker netminder Andrew Hare improved to 6-1-1 as he stopped 22 shots, while his counterpart Kevin Carr registered 35 saves on 38 shots in the losing effort.
Oswego State will have the Thanksgiving week off before traveling to the North Country to face Plattsburgh and Potsdam on Dec. 2 and 3 to wrap up the first half of the league schedule.