Salem State transfer Justin Fox provided a scoring spark to the Oswego State lineup in his Lakers
debut Friday night. The junior tallied a goal and three assists to earn first star honors in a 7-2 victory over Elmira at the Campus Center. Here are some notes from the 2009-10 season opener:
- Junior Chris Laganiere lit the lamp twice for Oswego State; he had just eight career goals coming into the season opener. Many who attended the game say he was buzzing around the net all night and could have tallied as many as six points had he not fought the puck early on.
- Freshman Tyler Leimbrock's first collegiate goal turned out to be the game-winner. He buried a feed from senior Brad Dormiedy early in the third period to put the Lakers up 3-1.
- The front line of forwards - consisting of Neil Musselwhite, Leimbrock, and Dormiedy - tallied seven points on the night. The second line of Laganiere, Eric Selleck, and Fox combined for ten points.
- Sophomore Paul Beckwith stated his case to remain the team's top goaltender with 30 saves on 32 shots. He allowed just one goal in the third period despite facing 19 shots, allowing his team to pull away. Senior Paul Beckwith, who transferred to Oswego State from Buffalo State in January, is pushing to steal some time in net away from the Cleveland, OH native.
- Elmira backstop Casey Tuttle had a rough third period. He had stopped 20 of 22 shots over the game's first 40 minutes, but allowed five markers while making just two saves in the third.
- The Lakers spent a total of 20 minutes in the sin bin. However, the PK unit killed off all six penalties. Oswego State killed off just 81.5% of all penalties last season after being among the nation's leaders in the category in 2007-08.
- One of the rules NCAA officials have been encouraged to emphasize this season is the act of "face washing" (sticking your glove in an opponents face during an after-the-whistle skirmish). The infraction was called five times in Friday's game, thrice on the Lakers and twice on Elmira.