No. 1 Oswego escapes vs. Cortland
Rodrigues scores with 54 seconds left to complete comeback
SUNY Oswego Athletics
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Paul Rodrigues scored with 54 seconds remaining in overtime to complete a furious comeback as the top-ranked Oswego State men's hockey team held off upset-minded Cortland in a 4-3 win Friday night in SUNYAC action at Alumni Arena. The Lakers improved to 20-2-0 overall and 13-0-0 in the league, while the Red Dragons fell to 5-14-2 overall and 4-8-1 in the conference with the loss.
Luke Moodie added a goal and an assist for Oswego, with Dan Bremner and Jon Whitelaw each netting a goal. Justin Fox collected two assists, and four other players chipped in with one assist. Laker goaltender Paul Beckwith turned aside 21 shots.
Joey Christiano and Michael Lysyj recorded a goal and an assist for Cortland, and senior Jarrett Gold netted a goal. Cortland goalie Brittan Kuhlman made 43 saves.
Whitelaw gave the Lakers the lead at 6:41 of the first period when he one-timed a shot out of the air on the power play. Gold tied the game less than three minutes later, also on the power play, when his one-time shot from the slot beat Beckwith between the pads.
Christiano gave the Red Dragons a 2-1 lead with a rebound goal at 12:53 of the second period. Shortly after the score, Cortland killed off 90 seconds of an Oswego State two-man advantage to hold the lead heading into the third period.
At 16:52 of the third, Lysyj made it a 3-1 game as his snap shot from the low slot snuck inside the left post. The Lakers answered just 18 seconds later when Moodie found the top corner from the left side. Oswego State sent the game into overtime 55 seconds later on Bremner's spinning shot that found the left side of the goal.
Early in overtime, Kaleta broke in on Beckwith, but the Oswego State goalie made the save to deny the possible game winner. Then, with less than a minute remaining, Fox fed a pass to Rodrigues who skated in alone and put a shot top shelf to keep the Lakers perfect in SUNYAC play.
The victory also clinched the top-seed for Oswego State in the upcoming SUNYAC Playoffs.
Oswego State will return to the friendly confines of the Campus Center Arena to close out the regular season beginning with a game against Morrisville on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.