For the second time this season, the Oswego State Lakers were able to surpass the average goals allowed by an opposing team. SUNY Fredonia allowed an average of 2.8 goals, and the Lakers scored five, in the 5-3 thrilling victory. Leading the Lakers was Josh Zizek, who had two goals on the night, along with two assists. The scoring mainly came in the third period, where the Lakers would score four unanswered goals to complete the comeback over the Blue Devils.
Along with the goals, Zizek assisted the team on the faceoff, going 15-22, as well as leading the team in shots, with 8. He was named the first star of the game, along with Tanner Spink and Aaron Huffnagle being named second and third, respectively. A majority of the game was spent in the offensive zone, during the first and second periods. In the first period, the Blue Devils only had two shots on goal.
This is one of the better offensive performances we’ve seen from the Lakers, this season.
The defense did not face much pressure throughout the entire game. They faced 22 shots all game, allowing only two in the first period. Their toughest period was the third, with a lot of Blue Devil pressure. They faced 11 shots in the final period. Despite the lack of pressure, Tyler Currie was able to tack on the secondary assist on the first Zizek goal. None of the goals could “truly” be considered their fault, at least on the even strength goal from Mike Freeman.
Cedric Hansen let up three goals on 22 shots, two of which were on the power play. Hansen was trying to be too much of a hero, after diving for pucks and not being able to control them. Consequently, the first and third goals were scored for the Blue Devils. Sam Wilbur and Bobby Polachek both scored on the power play. All three goals could have been stopped by Hansen, especially on the power play goals.
Assistant coach Mark Digby commented how Hansen made the saves he was expected to make, but would have liked to see him go above and beyond and stop the deflection on the second goal. Freeman had a deflection about one or two feet away from the front of the crease. A game like today makes the starting goaltender job harder to choose for head coach Ed Gosek.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-
The Lakers had an early golden opportunity, after Max Blitz had an aggressive boarding call against Michael Gillespie. Blitz eventually was called for a five minute major for boarding, as well as a game disqualification. The Lakers had minimal shots during the power play, only peppering Eric Bogart with six shots. Overall, the Lakers went 2-for-6 on the power play, thanks to a goal from Zizek and Huffnagle.
On the penalty kill, the Lakers gave up two goals on five opportunities. However, Hansen can be credited with those goals after diving for the pucks. In general, the penalty kill allowed a minimum of shots with five total. Special teams was a decent addition to the victory for the Lakers.