The Oswego State men’s hockey team defeated the Brockport Golden Eagles 3-0 on Saturday night in the battle for sole possession of second place in the SUNYAC. After the victory, the Lakers stay undefeated at the Marano Campus Center Ice Arena and move to 6-1-1 overall with a 4-0-1 conference record. Meanwhile, Brockport drops to 6-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the SUNYAC.
The first period did not result in a score by either team with defense playing a prominent role. However, Oswego was able to find the back net early in the second period as Aaron Huffnagle connected with Cameron Berry for the score. The goal had additional meaning with it leading to teddy bears being launched onto the ice for the annual Teddy Bear Toss. After a count, it was announced that 736 bears were collected for donation.
In the third period, the Lakers looked to extend their lead and they did with Joseph Molinaro sending a slapshot past Brockport goalie, Matt Schneider. This would not be the highlight of the period though as physicality between both teams was at a high. For the second straight home game, the Lakers saw one of the members of the opposing team earn a five minute major penalty as well as an ejection. With momentum on their side, Oswego was able to seal the win with a last second empty net goal by Mitch Herlihey.
Cedric Hansen manned the net for the Lakers playing the entire duration of the game while stopping 19 shots. The game marked the first shutout of his career.
Oswego will travel to Potsdam for another SUNYAC matchup on Friday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 pm.