Oswego outlasts Blue Devils, 5-4
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State rallied to tie Oswego State, only to fall on a late goal, 5-4, in SUNYAC action at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.
Oswego's Brendan McLaughlin scored a power-play goal with 4:27 remaining to break a 4-4 tie and keep the Lakers (4-1-0, 2-0-0 SUNYAC) tied atop the conference standings.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 2-4-1 overall and 0-3-0 in the SUNYAC. They are home again Saturday night (7 p.m.) against Cortland.
The teams played a scoreless, penalty-filled first period before Oswego's Ryan Ellis scored the game's first goal and his fourth of the season at 5:53. Late in the period, the Lakers scored twice in a span of 11 seconds, goals by McLaughlin and Joe Hall.
Fredonia State started its comeback with a pair of goals by James Muscatello, the first on a power play at 19:14 of the second period, the second at 1:57 of the third. They were his third and fourth goals of the season. Oswego regained a two-goal lead on a goal by Brad Dormiedy, but the Blue Devils battled all the way back on goals by Richard Boyce and Andrew Dissanayake. It was Boyce's third goal and Dissanayake's first of the year.
McLaughlin's game-winning tally came at 15:33, assisted by Hank Van Boxmeer and Ellis.
Oswego goaltender Chris Hyk made 33 saves while Fredonia State's Pat Street had 40.
Prior to the game, Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith was recognized for winning his 300th career game earlier this season during the SUNYAC Challenge vs. Buffalo State.