The Oswego men’s hockey team came south for Friday night’s SUNYAC game with SUNY Cortland with a perfect record and a memory.
The Lakers, ranked seventh nationally in Division III, had suffered a 4-2 defeat in last season’s visit to Alumni Arena just over a year ago.
When Red Dragons sophomore Andrew Gleason opened the scoring from the top of the right with 2:13 left in the opening stanza, assisted by junior Drazen Zack and sophomore Mike Crowley, it looked like history might repeat itself.
It didn’t take long for that to change, however, as the visitors knotted the score just 1:23 later and went on to score a 4-1 win.
With the victory, the first place Lakers improved to 3-0 in conference play and 5-0 overall. Cortland is now 1-2 in the conference and 2-3 overall.
Oswego senior Shawn Hulshof scored his fourth goal of the season, the power play tally, on a deflection in front to tie the game at 1-1, with assists going to fellow first-liners and classmates Alex Botten and Kenny Neil.
The score remained even until midway through the middle period, when Neil scored his sixth of the season from deep on the right side off Hulshof and Botten.
The winners maintained that one-goal advantage for the rest of the middle stanza and deep into the third before getting a little breathing room.
Senior Chris Raguseo made it a 3-1 game with 2:23 left when he ripped a shot from the point that hit off the crossbar and went in for his second goal this season. Hulshof earned his second assist of the game on the play for his 100th career point.
With the Cortland net empty and the hosts on a power play, Oswego junior Mitchell Herlihy notched his first goal of the season to close out the scoring with 24 seconds left.
The Lakers outshot their hosts 37-29 as Red Dragons junior Drew Weigman stopped 33 shots. Sophomore David Jacobson, a transfer from Division I Arizona State, turned aside 28 shots in the visitors’ nets.
In other conference contests from last night, Buffalo State skated past Plattsburgh 4-1, Brockport nipped Morrisville State 4-3 and Fredonia beat Potsdam 4-1. In a non-league skate, Geneseo and SUNY Canton finished in a 6-6 overtime deadlock.
The Red Dragons take a long trip north next weekend for conference games at Plattsburgh on Friday and Potsdam on Saturday, both starting at 7 p.m.