The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team was not going to allow SUNY Fredonia to upset them on home ice for a second straight time, as the Lakers jumped all over the Blue Devils early and never looked back, routing Fredonia, 10-2, on Friday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Junior forwards Jon Whitelaw and Chris Muise each recorded two goals and the Lakers scored nine goals in the first 40 minutes in a game that was never in question for Oswego State.
It took the Lakers just 5:29 to score more goals against Fredonia than they did in 60+ plus minutes in their last meeting against the Blue Devils at the Campus Center last season in the SUNYAC semifinal. But Oswego State wasn’t satisfy with just two goals, as the Lakers broke out for five goals in the first period alone.
Junior forward Luke Moodie opened the scoring for the Lakers at 4:47 of the opening period. Moodie received a pass from junior forward Paul Rodrigues from the right side to the slot and beat Fredonia goalie Mark Friesen stick side. Whitelaw received the secondary assist.
Friesen, the hero in their 2-1 overtime victory against the Lakers last February, had a night to forget for the Blue Devils, as he lasted just 7:57 before being replaced by Jeff Holloway. Friesen finished with just three saves on seven shots faced.
Junior forward Chris Brown continued his second semester hot streak, scoring the team’s second goal of the game at 5:29 of the first period. The Lakers’ second goal was in similar fashion to the first goal, as sophomore forward David Titanic fed Brown in the slot with a pass from the right of the net. Brown deked out Friesen and put the puck into the back of the net. Freshman forward Chris Carr also earned the assist on the play.
Oswego State (18-2-2 overall, 11-0-2 SUNYAC) tallied two more goals in a span of 40 seconds by Whitelaw and junior forward Chris Ayotte. Whitelaw’s goal came at 7:17 with a shot from the right faceoff circle through traffic with Rodrigues earning the assist. Following a timeout by Fredonia, Ayotte tallied the team’s fourth goal at 7:57 on assists from junior forward Matt Singleton and sophomore forward Kyle Badham.
Holloway entered the game following Ayotte’s goal and held his own, making eight saves in the first period. Holloway kept Oswego State off the scoreboard for more than 10 minutes before Whitelaw wristed a shot into the back of the net from the slot at 18:12 after a centering pass from Rodrigues.
The Blue Devils (10-9-3 overall, 5-6-3 SUNYAC) were unable to stop the bleeding in the second period, as Muise scored the Lakers’ sixth goal of the game at 15:43 on a rebound off a shot by junior forward Tyler Leimbrock on a 2-on-1 break.
Fredonia avoided the shutout mid way through the second period with a slapshot from Mike Monfredo at the blue line for a power-play goal. Junior goaltender Andrew Hare was screened in front of the net and never saw the puck through traffic. Monfredo’s goal followed an interference penalty to Badham. It was the first penalty taken by the Lakers in the game.
The Lakers answered back to push the lead back up to six at 13:30 of the second period on a goal by Singleton. Singleton’s goal was the result of a mad scramble in front of the net after Holloway lost sight of the puck in the crease. Four Fredonia players converged into the net, but Singleton was able to find room, sending the puck into the back of the net.
Oswego State would add two power-play goals before the end of the second period to give the Lakers a 9-1 lead heading into the second period intermission. Senior forward Ian Boots tallied the first power-play goal at 15:54 and Muise scored the second at 17:28. After a boarding penalty to Fredonia’s Will McLaughlin, senior defenseman Hank van Boxmeer faked a slapshot at the blue line and fed a pass to Boots, who had a wide-open net to shoot at. Muise’s goal came after Billy Sanborn was called for cross checking. Boots found Muise in the slot and he wristed a shot over the stick side shoulder of Holloway.
The Lakers broke double-digits at 5:51 of the third period on a goal by junior defenseman Taylor Farris.
Fredonia’s Mike Muhs scored the Blue Devils’ second goal of the game with 8:12 remaining in the third period. Bryan Ross and Mat Hehr recorded assists on the play.
Hare finished with 23 saves to earn the victory in net for the Lakers, while Holloway finished with 30 saves in relief for the Blue Devils.
The Lakers went 2-for-6 with the man advantage, while Fredonia finished 1-for-1 on the power play.
The Lakers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, against Buffalo State at 7 p.m. at the Campus Center Ice Arena.