The Oswego State Lakers defeated the CCHL All-Stars 3-1 in tonight’s exhibition matchup.
Mitch Emerson, Michael Gillespie, and Chris MacMillan were the goal scorers for the Lakers in a game defined by the Lakers outstanding goaltending.
Early in the first period the Lakers were on the penalty kill early due to Joey Scorpio being called for boarding 2 minutes and 31 seconds into the game. The Lakers successfully killed the penalty, but were in the defensive zone for a lot of the first period.
Even when the Lakers got on the powerplay halfway through the first, they couldn’t create any momentum. They even gave up a 2 on 1 shorthanded shot on goal that goalie David Richer saved.
Richer was solid in the first period saving all 7 shots he faced in the period while CCHL goaltender Jeremie Forget saved all 9 shots the Lakers took. The Lakers had some quality chances late in the first period. One of those was a shot at point blank range from Michael Gillespie on the powerplay in the final seconds of the first that was saved.
The Lakers started the second period on the powerplay, but failed to capitalize. David Richer started the period in goal and was solid, saving 14 total shots during his time on the ice.
With 11:21 left in the second, Coach Gosek switched goalies and put in Cedric Hansen. He saved 5 shots in the second and helped the Lakers kill a powerplay early into his appearance in goal.
Penalties plagued the CCHL All-Stars, they were called to the box 4 times in the second period. Although the Lakers had all that time on the powerplay, they never capitalized.
It wasn’t until there were 2 minutes left in the second period where Mitch Emerson fought in front of the net to put the puck past goalie Liam Lascelle. Emerson’s goal was the first of the game giving the Lakers much needed momentum and a 1-0 lead. Lascelle replaced Forget at the same time that Hansen replaced Richer midway through the second period.
The Lakers started the third period with 6 seconds left on the powerplay. Five minutes later the Lakers were back on the powerplay thanks to a cross-check from CCHL’s Colin Stevens. The 6th time was the charm as the Laker’s finally scored on the powerplay, taking a 2-0 lead. Michael Gillespie scored with 13:32 remaining in the third with a wrist shot that beat Liam Lascelle.
Cedric Hansen was back in net for the third period and was strong in net. Hansen made diving saves throughout the third period with CCHL players crashing the net. Both Oswego State goaltenders played well and proved to each be worthy of the chance to start in future games. Richer saved 14 shots while Hansen saved 12. The only goal allowed was on Hansen with 22 seconds left when the CCHL All-Stars had a 6 on 4 advantage.
Chris MacMillan scored an empty net goal with 14 seconds left to put the CCHL All-Stars away.
Oswego State starts regular season play against Elmira on Saturday October 28th.