Cortland, NY – The nationally-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team used a three-goal second period to gain control of the contest and defeat Cortland 4-1 in a SUNYAC matchup on Saturday night.
With the victory, the No. 8/12 Lakers move to 2-1 in both overall and conference standings.
After Cortland tied the score at 1-1 in the first 11 seconds of the second period, Oswego started clicking on all cylinders, scoring three unanswered goals in the period.
The go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner came at the 9:30 mark of the period, as Mac Scott found the back of the net on passes from Morgan Bonner and Brandon Adams. It was Adams’ second-point of the night as he scored the Lakers’ first goal in the opening period.
On its fourth power play of the night, Oswego took advantage of the man-up opportunity. Dylan Smith scored at 15:30 on assists from teammates Stephen Johnson and Kenny Neil. The score gave the Lakers a 3-1 advantage but they weren’t finish in the second.
With another power play chance in hand, Oswego capitalized again as Alex Botten buried a goal. Johnson again was in on the action, assisting Botten along with freshman Matt Galati. It was Johnson’s third assist of the contest at 18:37 of the second period, as the freshman also assisted on the Lakers’ first point of the night.
Justin Gilbert earned his first win of the year in net for the Lakers during his second start, stopping 22 Red Dragons attempts while yielding just one goal.
The game was of the physical variety, as the two teams combined for 23 penalties and 68 minutes in the box. Of those 68 minutes, Cortland accounted for 52 of those spent in the sin bin.
Oswego will return to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 16 when Elmira College comes to the Campus Center Ice Arena for the Lakers’ first non-conference contest of the season.