The Oswego State Lakers and the SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils squared off on Nov. 18, with the Lakers defeated the Blue Devils 5-3. The Lakers are now 5-1-0 overall, and 3-0-0 in the SUNYAC Conference.
Cedric Hansen made his third start of the season, following the back-and-forth pattern that has been set by head coach Ed Gosek. Hansen last played against SUNY Canton.
24 seconds into the game, Michael Gillespie was hit from behind by SUNY Fredonia’s Max Blitz. He was sentenced to a five-minute major, as well as game disqualification. The Blue Devils came away clean, allowing no goals during the major.
At 8:45, Carter Allen was called for hooking. The penalty was killed, preserving Hansen’s shutout. In a quiet opening, Hansen faced his first shot at 11:14 of the first period. He made a mere two saves in the first period.
Cameron Berry opened the scoring for the Lakers at 15:57, with assists from Joseph Molinaro and Tanner Spink. Berry scored after a Molinaro pass to the slot from Molinaro.
SUNY Fredonia’s Brandon Spognardi was called hook with 1:25 left in the first period. The Lakers’ power play would eventually be canceled out with a slashing penalty to Molinaro with 32.9 seconds left in the opening period. Both penalties would be killed without a goal early in the period.
The Blue Devils would be called for another penalty at 6:12 of the second period, with Tommy Martyn going to the box for hooking. SUNY Fredonia would eventually kill the penalty, going 3-3 on the night at that point.
At 13:51, Tyler Currie went to the penalty box for holding. During the Blue Devils’ power play, at 15:47, Sam Wilbur scored the tying goal against Hansen. Jimmy Morgan and Max Ross were credited with the assists.
Mitch Emerson also decided to get involved with the hit club, and threw a SUNY Fredonia player to the ground after a large hit. He went to the box for boarding. Oswego State killed the penalty.
The Blue Devils would return to the penalty kill, with Spognardi returning to the box for the second time with a hooking call. He hooked Molinaro, who was on a breakaway late in the game. There was 32.9 seconds left in the period. The penalty was killed early in the third period.
At 7:48 of the third period, the Blue Devils’ Mike Freeman scored the leading goal, that went over Hansen’s shoulder. Josh Biasillo had the original shot, before it was deflected, giving him the assist.
At 9:09, Max Novick was sent to the box after a big hit on SUNY Fredonia’s Oskar Gerhardson. It was unclear at first what would happen, with referees eventually sending Oswego State to the penalty kill.
19 seconds into the penalty kill, at 9:28, SUNY Fredonia’s Polachek scored after some commotion up front near Hansen. Jacob Haynes and Wilbur were credited with the assists.
With 9:37 left in the game Spink helped the Lakers come back within one. Josh Zizek and Aaron Huffnagle had the assists.
At 11:01, after a shot on goal for the Lakers, a lot of extra-curricular activity occurred. It reusulted in SUNY Fredonia’s Bogart getting called for a penalty. The two other penalties, from Mitch Herlihey and Jon Carlson, canceled out each other to result in a 5-on-4 power play for the Lakers.
With 8:02 remaining in regulation, Huffnagle tied the game at three, scoring on the power play. Zizek was credited with the assist.
At 12:30, the Lakers went on another power-play with Haynes heading to the box again. Haynes was called for interference. A mere nine seconds into the man-advantage, Zizek scored the game-winning goal. Molinaro and Currie were both given the assists.
SUNY Fredonia pulled their goaltender with 1:20 remaining in the game for the 6-on-5 man advantage. The attempt was to no avail, as the Blue Devils were not able to score to tie the game in regulation.
To add more salt to the wound, with 20.9 seconds remaining, Zizek scored his second goal of the night for a two goal lead. The goal was an empty-net goal.
The Lakers return to action on Dec. 1 against SUNY Geneseo. The game will be played at Geneseo’s ice arena. This will be their third straight SUNYAC matchup.