[su_youtube url=”http://youtu.be/0bnL8ai3xgI” width=”380″ height=”300″]
The Oswego State Men’s Hockey team advances to the SUNYAC Championship semifinals, after defeating the Fredonia Blue Devils 3-2 on Wednesday, despite surrendering two leads throughout the course of the game. The Lakers struck first, as senior captain David Titanic connected from behind the net with junior Mike Montagna.
The Blue Devils answered on the power play halfway through the second as Alex Perkins found the back of the net. Less than four minutes later, the Lakers would regain the lead, as Josh Timpano and Andrew Barton paired up to bury the second Oswego goal past netminder Jeff Flagler.
Fredonia refused to quit as they tied the game again with less than a minute to go in the second during a four-on-two rush. Oswego goaltender Matt Zawadzki made the initial save, but Brian Doust managed to get a piece of the puck and it rolled across the goal line.
In the third period, Oswego took control of the game, outshooting Fredonia 22-4. The Lakers also stifled Fredonia’s offense by blocking 19 shots.
The Lakers would only convert once, on the power play, as Bobby Gertsakis sent a pass to Alex Botten, who ladled a cross-ice pass to Matt Galati. Galati had almost an entire open net, and he hit the twine with a vicious one-timer.
With the win, the Lakers’ record improves to 18-6-2 on the season, while the Blue Devils fall to 7-14-6.
The Lakers will move on to face No. 2 Plattsburgh on the road Saturday at 7 p.m., in a rematch of the season finale. Oswego took that contest, 4-3.