Grieco’s Grade: Men’s hockey vs. The College at Brockport

OFFENSE: A-

The Oswego State Lakers were able to continue their uptrend in scoring after a three-goal performance against The College at Brockport Golden Eagles. A majority of the time was spent in the Golden Eagles’ zone throughout the opening periods, with only a couple shots hitting goaltender Cedric Hansen. However, the Lakers were held scoreless in the first period, and did not score until 5:04 of the second period. Cameron Berry scored of a pass from Aaron Huffnagle. Chris MacMillan was credited with the secondary assist.

Passing was also key in the victory for the Lakers. Passing was able to give Joseph Molinaro a backdoor goal against Matt Schneider 5:54 of the regulation period. Huffnagle came back with his second assist of the night. Herlihey rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal as time expired. However, passing was a lot of the Lakers’ offense tonight. In what could have been numerous other shots, the early portion of the game resulted in passing and then once and awhile some turnovers.

DEFENSE: A

There was not too much to report on the defense, as it looked like a standard game. They allowed only 19 shots on net all game, and most shots were challenged on the way to Hansen. Despite a couple of sloppy turnovers throughout the game, resulting in more Golden Eagle offense, they were generally able to clear the puck and take some more time in the offensive zone.

They did give up a couple of turnovers that resulted in some tough breakaways for Hansen to save, but he was able to preserve his first career shutout despite the difficult challenges.

GOALTENDERS: A+

In his first career shutout, and the team’s first shutout since Feb. 11 against SUNY Canton at the end of last season, Hansen made a mere 19 saves in the game against The College at Brockport. With a couple of nice breakaway saves, and solid goaltending on four penalty kills, Hansen easily had his best game of the season thus far. This game, along with the 2-2 tie at SUNY Geneseo for David Richer, made the starting job even harder for head coach Ed Gosek.

The games against SUNY Potsdam and Plattsburgh State in the upcoming weeks will be big factors in determining the starting goaltender. With the Bears being a top team in the SUNYAC Conference, and the Cardinals being a long-time rival of the Lakers, both games are crucial and will give momentum to the goaltender named starter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B

The power play unit for the Lakers went 0-6 tonight. Even worse, they missed one of the greatest opportunities late in the third period. After a five-minute major and game misconduct from Connar Bass, and then a slashing call from Doc Gentzler, gave the Lakers nearly a minute of a two-man advantage. The Lakers were not able to convert in the late minutes of the game, before the Golden Eagles returned to full strength. However, they did almost have the ability to score a short-handed goal during the game.

On the opposite side, the Lakers went 4-4 on the penalty kill. They allowed The College at Brockport only one shot in the four power play opportunities they had. The penalty kill has been strong all year for the Lakers, while the power play is still dwindling. Despite scoring two power play goals against SUNY Fredonia, the unit has seen its fair share of struggles during the season.

 

 

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