Oct. 23, 2010

Courtesy of Oswego State Athletics

Three of the four goals scored by the Oswego State men's hockey team were scored by new members as it completed the weekend sweep of Elmira with a 4-2 win at Elmira on Saturday night. The win improves the Lakers to 2-0-0 in the young season. The Soaring Eagles fall to 0-2-0.

Elmira struck first when junior Darcy Vaillancourt beat Laker goaltender Paul Beckwith 3:42 into the contest. Tyler Campbell and Matthew Herskovitz were credited with assists on the goal. Vaillancourt led the Soaring Eagles in scoring last season with 40 points on 20 goals and 20 assists.

Oswego State answered back two minutes later when freshman David Titanic scored his first collegiate goal on a pass from Andrew Mather. The third goal of the period was scored at 11:00 when an Elmira penalty opened up the ice for the Lakers. Senior Chris Laganiere found the back of the net to give Oswego State a 2-1 lead. Mather tallied his second assist of the night. Senior Justin Fox was also credited with an assist.

A penalty on senior transfer Dan Bremner cost the Lakers the lead later in the stanza. About a minute into the power play, Karl Linden knotted the game up at two with a marker at 15:15 in the first period. Kevin Willer and Manuel Kourtoglou assisted on the game-tying goal.

The second period was a rather quiet one, as neither team could break the tie. Oswego State outshot Elmira 12-9 in the stanza and stayed out of the penalty box for the entire period. Bremner redeemed himself when he put the Lakers ahead for good when he scored his first collegiate goal in the last minute of the period. Laganiere and Jesse McConney assisted on the eventual game-winner.

Oswego State took its one-goal lead into the third period, but it didn't take long for it to add an insurance goal. Just 15 seconds into the stanza, junior transfer Ian Boots became the third Laker of the night to score his first collegiate goal when he beat Soaring Eagle netminder Kevin Bolin. Laganiere tallied an assist for his third point of the contest. Fox was also credited with an assist on the marker.

Oswego State outshot its opponent 36-30 in the two-goal victory to complete the home-and-home series sweep. Beckwith finished the game with 28 saves for Oswego State. Bolin registered 32 saves in the contest.

Oswego State will return home on Friday to skate against Buffalo State in its first SUNYAC contest at 7 p.m.