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Oswego St Lakers Men’s Hockey rolling into SUNYAC Tournament

The Oswego St. Lakers Men’s Hockey Team is on a roll as they enter the SUNYAC Tournament this Saturday night against the sixth-ranked Plattsburgh Cardinals.

2023-24 has been a season of ups and downs for the Oswego St. Lakers (16-8-1 overall, 12-4-0 SUNYAC). They hold four victories over top-five teams, including two number-ones. The Lakers also lost some games they should have won, as a result, they dropped out of the top 15 in the USCHO poll.

That was then and this is now, as the Lakers have momentum heading into the postseason. Since the start of 2024, Oswego has won eight games and lost only two. That strong play in the second half of the season carried Oswego to the number two seed and a first-round bye in the SUNYAC Tournament.

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“There isn’t a team in the country that hasn’t gone through some adversity,” Lakers assistant coach Jon Whitelaw said on a recent episode of The Central New York Hockey Report Podcast. “Our story is our own story that we’ve had some different things happen this year. I think it’s just finding a way to stick together and trust each other and trust ourselves. It’s been a learning experience for sure.”

“We’ve had so many of those moments where you think you’ve finally found it only to be humbled. Since the January break, with the exception of one game against Geneseo, I do truly think that we’re onto something here and the guys have really gelled and come close together and hopefully it’s at the right time of year. We always say this is the time of year you want to be rolling and connected”

Oswego St. Lakers assistant coach Jon Whitelaw on the second half of his team’s season.

A big part of the Oswego resurgence has been the improved play of their defense in the second half of the season. Except for a 7-1 loss to Geneseo on February 3, the Lakers have not yielded more than three goals in a game in 2024. Combined with a high-powered offense, a tightened defense equals a recipe for success.

The Oswego ranks in the top 15 in Division III in terms of goals scored per game and is led by standouts Shane Bull and Tyler Flack. Bull is tied for third in the country in points, and Flack is seventh. Shane Bull’s 21 goals are second only to Will Redick of Plymouth St. for the most in Division III.

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Although they have already taken down Plattsburgh twice this season, a third victory will not be an easy task. “Against Plattsburgh, you have to play your A game in order to have success,” Whitelaw said about the Cardinals.

The Plattsburgh St. Cardinals (20-4-2 overall, 12-3-1 SUNYAC), have been in or near the top five of the USCHO poll all season long (they are currently ranked sixth). They have two signature wins this season over #4 Geneseo.

The Cardinals are a team that is solid on both ends of the ice, as they are scoring nearly twice as many goals as they allow on per per-game basis. They are in the top 15 in Division III in both team offense and defense.

Without a doubt, the Cardinal’s offense goes through senior forward Bennett Stockdale. He leads Plattsburgh in all major offensive categories and has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the season. Stockdale is tied for fifth in goals and ninth in points nationwide.

The Cardinal’s goaltending duties have been split between Jacob Hearne and Eli Shiller. Both have been excellent this season, with Hearne posting a record 13-1-1 while Shiller is 7-3-1. Hearne was in the net for the December 2 game against Oswego, and Shiller faced the Lakers on February 10.

Saturday night’s game between the Oswego St. Lakers and Plattsburgh St. Cardinals at the Deborah F. Stanley Arena is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. The winner of this game advances to the Final of the SUNYAC Tournament on March 2 against the winner of the Cortland at Geneseo game. For more information about the Oswego St. Lakers, visit https://oswegolakers.com.

Team Statistics

Oswego St. Lakers

  • Goals Per Game: 3.7
  • Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.6
  • Shots Per Game: 38.6
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 26.6
  • Power Play: 18.2%
  • Penalty Kill: 81.5%

Individual Leaders

  • Goals: Shane Bull (21)
  • Assists: Tyler Flack (23)
  • Points: Shane Bull (41)
  • Shots: Shane Bull (95)
  • PPG: Shane Bull (10)
  • SHG: Connor Gatto (1)
  • GWG: Tyler Flack (4)
  • +/-: Shane Bull (+24)
  • PIM: Nolan Barrett (28)

Goaltenders

Cal Schell: 10-7-1, 2.51 GAA, 0.905 save percentage, 392 saves, three shutouts.

Brandon Milberg: 6-1-0, 2.23 GAA, 0.915 save percentage, 193 saves, one shutout.

Richie Parent: 0-0-0, 4.50 GAA, 0.833 save percentage, 15 saves, no shutouts.

Plattsburgh St. Cardinals

  • Goals Per Game: 4.1
  • Goals Against Per Game: 2.1
  • Shots Per Game: 40.3
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 24.0
  • Power Play: 22.6%
  • Penalty Kill: 87.9%

Individual Leaders

  • Goals: Bennett Stockdale (19)
  • Assists: Bennett Stockdale (16)
  • Points: Bennett Stockdale (35)
  • Shots: Bennett Stockdale (125)
  • PPG: Bennett Stockdale + Tio D’Addario (5 each)
  • SHG: Joshua Belgrave (2)
  • GWG: Bennett Stockdale (5)
  • +/-: Ryan Hogg (+20)
  • PIM: Ryan Hogg (48)

Goaltenders

Jacob Hearne: 13-1-1, 1.73 GAA, 0.928 save percentage, 335 saves, one shutout.

Eli Shiller: 7-3-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.894 save percentage, 228 saves, no shutouts.

Dominik Bovan: 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save percentage, six saves, no shutouts.

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