Visiting SUNY Oswego scored three unanswered goals in the third period to post a comeback conference win over host Morrisville State College Saturday night in Morrisville.
The loss drops the Mustangs to 5-15-2 overall, 2-11-1 in SUNYAC play, while Oswego improves to 15-4-2, 8-3-1 in the conference.
Six posted points for Morrisville State, with three notching one score a piece on the night. Jordan Carvalho (Brampton, ON), Matt Beer (Corunna, ON), and Joseph Santino (Woodbridge, ON) each collected goals for the Mustangs, with Beer and Santino also adding assists to their tallies.
Chris Azzano (Oshawa, ON) recorded the loss between the pipes, turning away 45, including 17 in the final period.
Morrisville State stunned the visitors seconds after the opening faceoff, outskating the defensive line to the puck and Carvalho putting home the breakaway tally over the stick of Matt Zawadski for the early 1-0 Mustang lead just 28 seconds in.
Midway through the period, Oswego took advantage of a whistle for a major penalty against the Mustangs, as David Titanic posted the equalizer, going over the glove of Azzano from the left point to even the game at one each.
Late in the period, Beer posted his own power play score, backhanding the ice long pass from Azzano into the net for a 2-1 Mustang advantage after one.
A cleanup score by Santino on the crease gave Morrisville State the 3-1 lead midway through the second period, but a one-timer from Shawn Holshof brought the Lakers to within one after two.
In the third, Oswego quickly capitalized off a penalty that carried over from the second and posted the game tying score, a one timer from Kenny Neil from the right.
The Mustangs found themselves in the box yet again for a second major penalty early on in the third, and Oswego wasted no time in registering the go ahead tally at the 6:55 mark, scoring the goal off the faceoff within the Mustang zone that found its way past Azzano and inside the right post.
Brandon Adams added a security score at the 12:50 mark, poking the puck into the net on a scramble on the crease.
Zawadski made six stops in just over 30 minutes of play, allowing all three Mustang scores, before being replaced by Justin Gilbert for the final 29, who kept Morrisville State off the board, turning away 13 for the win.
Prior to the start of the contest, the Mustang hockey family honored senior captain Chris Azzano, as he took the ice for the final time in the Mustang Valley wearing the Morrisville State jersey.
Morrisville State returns to the ice Friday, traveling to SUNY Potsdam for a weekend duo with the Bears to conclude the season.
Oswego State 9 Morrisville State 2
Morrisville, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team used a six-goal second period to rout Morrisville State 9-2 on the road Friday night. Oswego’s win improves its record to 14-4-1 overall and 7-3-1 in SUNYAC play while Morrisville drops to 5-14-2, 2-10-1.
Oswego scored five goals in the first 8:40 of the second period, adding to the 2-0 advantage it held after the first. With less than a minute remaining in the second, the Lakers added a sixth goal of the period to hold an 8-2 lead heading to the final break.
As a team, Oswego outshot the Mustangs 45-15 on the night.
Mike Montagna led the way for the Lakers, recording a career-high five points on a goal and four assists. Montagna assisted on Oswego’s first two goals by David Titanic and Nick Rivait. He added to his point total with the Lakers third goal, scoring on an assist from Kenny Neil that sparked the five-goal spurt.
The Fulton Native then added an assist on Stephen Johnson‘s power-play goal before capping his night on Oswego’s final goal. Montagna returned the favor to Neil for the earlier assist, helping Neil notch a goal late in the third period.
Titanic finished with a two-point night, tallying a second goal at 4:03 of the second during the Lakers’ barrage of goals.
Shawn Hulshof scored Oswego’s second goal in the five-goal span, beating the Cortland goalie on a pass from Matt Galati.
The Lakers’ seventh and eighth goals came from the Dylan Smith to Krystian Yorke connection. Yorke setup Smith with a goal that completed the team’s eight minute stretch of five goals. Smith returned the favor, assisting on Yorke’s first career-goal at 19:06 in the second.
Oswego and Morrisville will meet for another SUNYAC tilt at 7 p.m. on Saturday.