ITHACA, N.Y. — Oswego State erased a four-goal deficit heading into the fourth quarter against No. 18 Ithaca before prevailing 8-7 in triple overtime. Chris Porten picked up a ground ball in the Oswego State offensive zone after an Ithaca turnover, and buried his shot in the back of the cage for his 13th goal of the season. The Lakers remained unbeaten at 6-0 on the season, while the Bombers fell to 5-2.
The Bombers struck the first blow 2:35 into the contest when Devin Weinshank capitalized on a man-up opportunity. Casey Balzer than notched his ninth goal of the season after receiving a pass from Chris Porten with 4:47 remaining in the quarter.
Oswego State took the lead following a man-up opportunity less than two minutes later when Matt Palmer found Connor Khammar for the first of two goals on the day. The lead did not last long as Ithaca scored another man-up goal with 2:26 left in the first from Pat Slawta to tie the score at 2-2.
A Connor Lowe goal and two from Slawata a little more than three minutes into the second quarter to put Ithaca ahead 5-2. However, Britt Leone ended the scoring streak on the next Laker possession off of a pass from Chad Smith. The Bomber’s Tom Mongelli registered the final goal of the half to give Ithaca a 6-3 lead.
Mongelli posted the lone goal of the third quarter to give Ithaca a four-goal lead heading into the final period.
Khammar started the comeback with 8:27 to play scoring his ninth goal of the season before assisting a man-up goal scored by Balzer minutes later. Ben Morrill got starting Ithaca goalie Brendan Green pulled from the game with his fourth goal of the season, with an assist going to Eric Miccio. The score narrowed the deficit to one. Palmer completed the comeback with an unassisted goal and 1:38 remaining.
Ithaca won the ensuing faceoff, but Porten forced a turnover to give the Lakers a chance to post the game winner after Balzer scooped up the ground ball prompting a timeout. Porten got a shot off with 11 seconds to play, but the shot went wide left as the game went into extra frames.
Khammar nearly ended the game midway through the first overtime, but his shot careened off the post as Ithaca gained possession. The Bombers had three shots that went wide and high of the cage to send the game into a second overtime.
Ithaca had the first chance to score, but Billy LaPerch’s shot was wide right. Oswego State’s Palmer and Porten had opportunities both missed shots to take the lead.
The Bombers won the faceoff to gain control at the start of the third overtime. Laker goalie Ian O’Brien came up big in the net by stopping shots from Matt Greenblatt and LaPerch.
Oswego State successfully cleared the ball after the scare. Leone ripped a shot that was stopped by Bomber goalie Mac Davis with Ithaca coming away with the ground ball.
However, Ithaca turned the ball over only to have Porten pick it up. This time Porten did not miss the cage, scoring his 13th goal of the season with 2:09 left in the third overtime.
O’Brien finished the game with 16 saves, 10 during the second half and all three overtime periods. Ithaca’s Davis took the loss after making one save and allowing two goals in the final 13 minutes of the contest, while Green ended with 12 saves and six goals allowed.
The Bombers won the ground ball battle by a margin of 41-27. Both squads saw success on man-up opportunities as Oswego State went 2-for-2 and Ithaca went 2-for-5.