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Devils score last to tie Oswego
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- A see-saw SUNYAC battle ended with Fredonia State scoring last to forge a 5-5 tie with Oswego in front of a capacity crowd at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.
Junior Matt Zeman (Rocky River, Ohio) scored his second goal of the game at 16:33 of the third period for the game's final goal. For one of the few times all night, Oswego did not score a goal in response.
As a result, the Blue Devils (11-7-3, 5-3-3) earned an important point in their bid to nail down a SUNYAC playoff berth and remained unbeaten on home ice this season (9-0-1).
Meanwhile, the Lakers (15-4-3, 7-2-1 SUNYAC), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division III, stayed atop the SUNYAC standings, two points ahead of the Fredonia State. Tney outshsot the Blue Devils, 48-34.
Ryan Ellis (Georgetown, Ont.) had a hattrick for Oswego, with his third goal coming on a power play at 8:07 of the third period to give his team a 5-4 lead.
Zeman's answer came on a short shot following passes from Joe Muli (Sioux Lookout, Ont.) and Scott Bradley (Belleville, Ont.). It was Zeman's 11th goal of the season.
Neal Sheehan (Avon Lake, Ohio) put the Blue Devils up 1-0 with his 13th goal of the season on a power play at 11:13 of the first period. Oswego countered 33 seconds later on Ellis's first goal. It was the first of three times in the game Oswego would score within one minute of a Fredonia State goal.
The Blue Devils took a 2-1 lead on a short-handed goal by Steve Albert (Port Huron, Mich.), and the Lakers countered with a power-play goal to make it 2-2. Oswego then took its first lead of the night, 3-2, on a goal by Brendan McLaughlin (Brampton, Ont.).
Zeman made it 3-3 with his first goal of the night, only to have Oswego re-take the lead with a goal 52 seconds later.
The Blue Devils knotted the score 4-4 on a gift goal at 16:18 of the second period. When Albert was called for a penalty, Oswego goaltender Ryan Scott (Williamsville, N.Y.) skated to the bench in favor of an extra attacker. The puck was inadvertently knocked up the ice by an Oswego player and into the empty net for a goal. Albert, the last Fredonia State player to touch the puck, earned a rare distinction -- a goal and a penalty on the same play.
Fredonia State goaltender Rick Cazazes (San Jose, Calif.) was called on to make 43 saves. Oswego's Scott stopped 29 shots.