OSWEGO, N.Y. — Second-ranked Oswego State (10-1-2) kicked off the second half of its season with a 5-1 victory against Connecticut College (2-7-0) on the first day of the Oswego Hockey Classic on Friday night. Luke Moodie tallied two goals and an assist to help the Lakers advance to the championship game, which will be played against Neumann on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
Moodie lit the lamp early for the Lakers in the first period when he put away a rebound with 30 seconds remaining in an Oswego State power play following a Connecticut College hooking penalty. Jesse McConney swung the puck cross ice to Andrew Mather, whose shot near the left face-off circle was saved by Camel goaltender Mike Petchonka. However, Moodie was in the right place to tap in the rebound at 3:54 for the lone goal in the first period.
Oswego State started the second period strong, but did not have anything to show for it until Taylor Farris threw a shot on goal from the left point that was deflected in by Moodie for his second goal of the game at the 9:20 mark. Paul Rodrigues was credited with an additional assist.
The Lakers took a three-goal lead by capitalizing four seconds into a Camel penalty just before the end of the second period. Jon Whitelaw won the ensuing faceoff after the penalty was called, directing the puck to Moodie. Moodie fed McConney on the right point before he passed across the rink to Rodrigues, who buried his sixth goal of the season with 10 seconds left in the stanza.
Tyler Leimbrock joined in on the scoring act less than five minutes into the third period when he received a pass from Ian Boots to put Oswego State ahead 4-0. Connecticut College ended the shutout bid midway through the third period when J.J. McGregor carried the puck up the left side of the rink into the zone before passing to Sean Curran for a give-and-go with an extra skater. McGregor got the puck past Lakers goalie Andrew Hare for his fourth marker on the season at 9:34.
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Boots got the goal back for the home team when he carried the puck coast-to-coast, while the Lakers were on their sixth power play of the contest. Boots ripped a wrist shot from the right side that instantly popped the Camel goalie’s water bottle for his fifth goal of the year. Hare also earned an assist on the play.
Oswego State finished the game going 3-for-7 with the extra attacker, while Connecticut College went 1-for-5.
Hare posted 21 saves to improve to 9-1-2 on the season. Andrew Margolin suffered the loss in goal for the Camels after he replaced Mike Petchonka 4:37 into the first period. Petchonka recorded six saves on seven shots during that time, while Margolin allowed four goals on 27 shots.