Oswego makes return to Frozen Four
Lakers will face Adrian in semifinals
In a back-and-forth clash that saw four ties in the first 42 minutes of play, the Oswego State men's ice hockey team scored three goals during a ten-minute span in the third period to post a 7-5 win over Bowdoin Saturday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
The third-ranked Lakers (23-4-0) outshot the seventh-ranked Polar Bears (19-8-1), 48-22, but managed to put enough points on the scoreboard to punch their ticket to their second-straight NCAA semifinal appearance where they will face Adrian on Friday, March 25 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Oswego State's Paul Rodrigues posted the first goal of the game at 7:04 in the first period when he received a pass from Luke Moodie, but Bowdoin tied the score less than four minutes later when Brendan Reich scored the first of two goals in the frame. The Lakers responded with their only power-play goal of the game when Jon Whitelaw one-timed a pass from Moodie in the slot past Bowdoin goaltender Steve Messina at 15:44. However, Reich evened the score with less than a minute left in the stanza to have the teams squared at 2-2 going into the locker room.
The theme of trading goals continued in the second period when Moodie get in on the scoring with his 14th goal of the season at the 7:30 mark, but the Polar Bears answered right back with a goal from Jeff Fanning at 9:04.
Both squads appeared to be headed into the locker room at the second intermission deadlocked at 3-3 until freshman David Titanic rushed the left side of the ice and threw a shot on goal. Messina made the initial save, but was unable to control the rebound that went back onto Titanic's stick. Titanic made no mistake with his second opportunity that went into the back of the net near the left post at 18:36 in the second period to give Oswego State a 4-3 lead at the break.
The Polar Bears pulled to within one goal less than two minutes into the third when Harry Matheson tapped in a pass from Daniel Weiniger in the crease past Oswego State goalie Paul Beckwith. However, Titanic struck again minutes later after he received a pass from Andrew Mather on a 2-on-1 situation on the left side. Titanic looked to be passing to Mather, but held onto the puck long enough to get a shot past Messina for his third goal of the season at 5:38 in the final frame to give the Lakers' their fifth lead of the game.
Oswego State senior Owen Kelly doubled the advantage when he muscled a shot through traffic in front that clanged off the right post into the back of the net at 11:08. Bowdoin responded nearly five minutes later with Matheson's second goal of the game, but Laker Jon Whitelaw shut the door on the Polar Bears when he deflected a shot by Hank Van Boxmeer from the left point past Messina with 3:30 remaining in the game to give Oswego State the 7-5 win. Whitelaw also finished the game with two goals.
Bowdoin's Steve Messina finished the game with 41 saves, including 18 in the final frame, in the losing effort. Beckwith recorded 17 saves to improve to 19-2-0 on the season.
The Polar Bears received a pair of goals from Brendan Reich, while Weiniger earned three assists and Bryan Rosata posted two helpers. The Lakers' Luke Moodie finished the game with three points on a goal and two assists, while Paul Rodrigues posted a goal and an assist and Andrew Mather and Hank Van Boxmeer had two assists.