Utica blanks Laker Men’s Hockey Team

UTICA, N.Y. – Eighth-ranked Utica (11-2-0) registered four power-play goals as the Pioneers handed the second-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team (12-3-0) a 6-0 loss Saturday night at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Utica posted three goals in the first and second periods, while going 4-for-6 with the extra attacker.

Chris Santiago opened the scoring at 5:38 in the first period to give the Pioneers an early advantage. Louie Educate make it a 2-0 contest at the 13:34 mark, which was less than a minute into a Laker boarding penalty. Utica extended its lead before the end of the stanza following a power-play goal by Adam Graff at 17:24.

The Pioneers carried momentum into the second period courtesy of two Oswego State penalties in the final minute of the first. Utica capitalized on the two-skater advantage 53 seconds into the frame when Rob Morton scored.

The Pioneers struck again at 5:27 to make the score, 5-0, prompting the Lakers to pull starting goalie Andrew Hare (Sr., Burlington, Ontario) in favor of Justin Gilbert (Fr., Ottawa, Ontario).  Utica scored its final goal of the game at 16:13 in the second following another 5-on-3 situation. By the end of the period, the Pioneers held a 6-0 lead.

Oswego State had two power-play chances in the third period, but came up short on the scoreboard.

Andrew Hare stopped eight shots and allowed five goals in 25:27, while Gilbert finished with 19 saves on 20 shots in 34:33 during his first collegiate appearance. Utica’s Nick Therrien made 25 saves in the win.

The Lakers host Nazareth, which is coached by former Oswego State head coach George Roll, on Saturday night as part of Oswego Minor Hockey night.