College Hockey: Oswego State Wins Fifth Straight to Close Road Trip

Ryan Maloney@ImRyanMaloneyContributor IINovember 14, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 13: John Madden #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls over Jeff Finer #4 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the United Center on November 13, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Stephen Mallaro has yet to score a goal on home ice in his collegiate career, but the Oswego State junior now has three markers on the road to start the 2009-10 season.
The blueliner from Syracuse lit the lamp twice, including the game-winner, in a 5-1 victory at Cortland (2-4-0) on Friday. 

Mallaro has played in all seven games this season as No. 2 Oswego State has jumped out to a 6-1-0 start. 

The victory over the Red Dragons capped a six-game road trip in which the Lakers won five straight games after dropping a 2-1 decision at Elmira on Oct. 24.

Sophomore Eric Selleck assisted on Mallaro's deciding goal as well as two others to push his point total to 20.  He is on pace to have the highest-scoring season for a Laker since Don Patrick's 56-point performance in 2002-2003. 

Selleck's point total is tops in the nation, as are his 14 assists.  His six goals rank second behind freshman Cody Reefer from top-ranked St. Norbert.

Senior goaltender Kyle Gunn-Taylor won his third straight start in place of the flu-riddled Paul Beckwith.  KGT has made a strong case for consideration as the team's top net minder for the rest of the season. 

He has a 1.33 GAA and save percentage of .947 in his first 180 minutes of ice time as a Laker, though Beckwith's numbers were also impressive before he fell ill (2.26 GAA, .930 Sv Pct).

Junior Chris Laganiere continues to thrive on the team's top line and equaled a career high with his sixth goal of the season. 

Linemate Justin Fox also found the back of the net for his fifth goal.  The line of Laganiere, Selleck, and Fox has combined for 17 goals and 34 assists in just seven games together.

Senior assistant captain Neil Musselwhite potted the sixth shorthanded goal of his career in the second period to give Oswego State a 3-1 lead. 

Musselwhite did not find the back of the net in the first three games of the year, but now has three markers in the last four games.  His four assists give him seven points, making him one of five Lakers averaging at least a point-per-game this season.

Oswego State returns home Saturday night for a much-anticipated meeting with unbeaten Utica College (2-0-1).  The Pioneers helped the Lakers open the Campus Center Ice Arena on Oct. 20, 2006. 

Oswego State won that game 4-3 in front of 2,980 fans.  They'd face Utica once more that season, a 5-2 Lakers victory in January, before going onto win the national championship.  The two clubs haven't met since.  That drought ends tonight with the opening faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m.