Oswego Defeats Plattsburgh For First Time In 10 Games

Steven PettyContributor INovember 7, 2009

The Oswego State Lakers defeated the Plattsburgh Cardinals tonight at the Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh by the score of 5-2. It is the first win for Oswego in Plattsburgh since November 11, 2005 as Ryan Woodward (now assistant coach) and former SUNYAC Player of the Year Ryan Ellis scored in the Lakers 4-2 victory on that occasion. Ellis had a natural hat trick that evening while scoring an even strength, power play and an empty net goal to cap off the win for Oswego.

Then the tides would turn as after the final regular season game at Romney Field House, the Cardinals would beat Oswego 10 consecuatives times (including many SUNYAC Championship games).

The Lakers would get an great jump start on the Cards when Eric Selleck got the scoring started with a power play goal at 15:39 of the 1st period with Chris Laganiere and Stephen Mallaro getting the assists. Jon Whitelaw extended the lead to 2-0 with a powerplay goal of his own over a minute later with the assists coming from Justin Fox and  Selleck.

Oswego had a 2-0 going into the second period but Plattsburgh cut the defecit in half when Kyle Kudrock scored on the powerplay goal. Then the Cards tied the game up on a goal by Vic Schlueter with a little less than four minutes to go in the period. At the end of the period, Chris Laganiere  goes top shelf on Cardinal netminder Josh Leis to give Oswego a 3-2 lead with .2 seconds on the scoreboard with Tyler Farris and Hank Van Boxmeer getting the assists on the eventual game winner.

Oswego would strike again in the third as Jon Whitelaw would score his second on the night from Paul Rodrigues and Captain Tyler Lyon at 16:54. Selleck would add to his stats on the evening as he scored on the empty net with a little over two minutes left to put the game away for the Lakers.

The Lakers would have a game total of 14 shots on net while being outshot 18-5 in the second period alone. Plattsburgh would put 34 shots on Kyle Gunn-Taylor while only putting two in the net behind him. This will definitely change things on the USCHO polls this week as the Cardinals were the number one team in the nation going into the game against Oswego. The Lakers, who were ranked eighth going into the matchup with the Cards will more than likely move up in the polls, which will be announced early in the week.
The Lakers will return to action next weekend as they visit the Cortland Red Dragons and then host the Utica Pioneers for the first time in a couple seasons.