Dec. 13, 2008

Courtesy of Hobart

The 11th-ranked Hobart College hockey team erupted for six goals in the second period to defeat sixth-ranked Oswego 6-3 tonight in The Cooler. The Statesmen improve to 10-4-0 overall, after becoming the first team in program history to net six goals in a single period. The Lakers fall to 8-5-1 on the season.

Hobart’s offense was generated by 11 different Statesmen tonight. Only junior forward Nick DeCroo (Sarver, Pa.) notched more than one point; he tallied a goal and an assist.

Oswego scored the first two goals of the contest. Matt Whitehead started things off just 5 minutes, 32 seconds into the first period, and Chris Laganiere put the visitors up 2-0 less than two minutes into the second.

Hobart took over from there. DeCroo began the scoring barrage in the seventh minute with his team-high ninth goal of the year on a power play, assisted by junior defenseman Jordan Zitoun (Irving, Texas). Senior defenseman Michael Steiner (Shaker Heights, Ohio) evened the game at 2-all in the 10th minute, with help from junior forward Gregory Alberti (Bernardsville, N.J.).

Sophomore forwards Pat Moriarty (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Tom Capalbo (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) connected at the 12:54 mark to give the Statesmen a 3-2 lead, followed by the eventual game-winner from senior defenseman Ryan Adler (Piscataway, N.J.) three minutes later. Junior forwards Blake Bonham (Toronto, Ontario) and Aleksey Koval (Kiev, Ukraine) picked up the assists.

Less than a minute later, DeCroo set up junior forward Bobby Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich.) to give the hosts a commanding 5-2 advantage.

The Lakers finally responded with a power play tally at 18:37, thanks to Peter Magagna and Brendan McLaughlin, but sophomore forward Matt Wallace (Skaneateles, N.Y.) lit the lamp for Hobart again just five seconds later with an unassisted breakaway goal.

The score after the second period was 6-3, and it remained that following a scoreless third stanza. Hobart was 1-for-9 on the power play, while Oswego was 3-for-8. The Statesmen outshot their visitors by a slight 42-38 margin.

Hobart senior netminder Keith Longo (Milford, Mass.) collected 35 saves in his eighth victory of the season, while Chris Hyk recorded 36 stops for the Lakers.

The Statesmen will be in action again on Jan. 15, when they travel to Morrisville State for a non-league contest at 7 p.m.