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Oswego completes regular season sweep of #4 Plattsburgh

Credit: Scott Kinville

The Oswego St. Lakers took down the fourth-ranked Plattsburgh St. Cardinals in a wild 4-3 victory on Saturday night.

The Oswego St. Lakers 16-7-1 overall, 12-3-0 SUNYAC) have been kryptonite to top five Division III Men’s hockey teams they have played this season. That trend continued on Saturday night at the Deborah F. Stanley Arena and Convocation Center.

Oswego hosted bitter SUNYAC rival the fourth-ranked Plattsburgh St. Cardinals (17-4-2 overall, 10-3-1 SUNYAC) in a game where the visitors sought revenge. The teams met in Plattsburgh on December 2 and the unranked Lakers stunned the then-number-one Cardinals 5-3. It was the second victory of the season over a number-one-ranked opponent for Oswego, as they defeated Hobart on opening night. They also defeated the fourth-ranked Utica Pioneers on December 9.

Oswego’s Cam Symons (#75) looks to connect with teammate Drake Semrad (#47) during Saturday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

On Saturday night, a raucous sold-out crowd helped propel the Lakers to another upset of the Cardinals. Two third-period goals pushed Oswego to a 4-3 win in a wild and physical game.

The visitors got on the scoreboard first on a power-play goal by Luk Jirousek at the 7:05 mark of the first period. After moving the puck around the Oswego zone, Jirousek wired a shot from the right circle past goaltender Cal Schell for the early lead.

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The Lakers answered back two and a half minutes later when Drake Semrad took a cross-ice pass and ripped a shot from the left circle past Plattsburgh goaltender Eli Shiller. With the crowd still roaring, Oswego took the lead four minutes later. With teams playing at four-on-four, Connor Gatto sprung Tyler Flack for a breakaway on Shiller. He froze the Plattsburgh netminder and snapped a shot into the top of the net.

Cam Symons (#75) celebrates Oswego’s first goal. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Oswego outshot Plattsburgh 12-5 in the period and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission of a very physical game.

The Lakers continued their heavy forecheck into the second period, and nearly converted on multiple chances. The Cardinals created some pressure in the latter half of the period, but could not tie the score. Schell and Shiller made big saves throughout the period as the score remained 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.

Plattsburgh opened the third period by building on the momentum they created toward the end of the second period. Aaron Catron nearly tied the score five minutes in when he tipped a shot just over the Oswego crossbar. One minute later, the Cardinals got the tying goal. Ryan Hogg’s pass from the left side was deflected to Ryan Butler – who roofed a shot into the top of the net from the bottom of the right circle.

The score remained tied at two until Oswego took the lead with 4:32 remaining. AJ Ryan burst into the Plattsburgh zone and sniped a shot from the left circle into the top right corner of the net. With the crowd still roaring from the Ryan goal, the Lakers added another one 52 seconds later when Matt McQuade scored from nearly the same spot.

Oswego’s AJ Ryan carries the puck across the Plattsburgh blue line during Saturday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Although they were down by two goals late in the third period, the Cardinals would not go away quietly. They got within one with 2:13 left when Schell could not get full control of a Bennett Stockdale shot that slid across the goal line. That would be all Schell would yield for the rest of the way, and the Lakers hung on for a 4-3 victory and a regular-season sweep of Plattsburgh.

With Saturday night’s victory, Oswego has won eight of their last nine games. The Lakers close out their regular season next Friday on the road against the Cortland Red Dragons. For more information about Oswego Lakers hockey, visit https://oswegolakers.com.

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