OSWEGO — Following the season sweep of Plattsburgh and Potsdam this past weekend, the Oswego State men’s hockey team has a home-and-away series this weekend against Geneseo and Brockport.
Oswego State hosts the Knights this Friday at 7 p.m. for Pride/You Can Play Night. The evening involves the Lakers promoting the inclusion and participation in sports by LGBTQ athletes. Fans are encouraged to wear rainbow, tie-dye or Pride Alliance apparel. Pride Alliance will also have a table within the rink where they will be supporting You Can Play, an organization that works to ensure safety and inclusion of all in sport, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.
The Lakers (11-8, 6-2 SUNYAC) are at Brockport this Saturday for a 4 p.m. puck drop.
The meeting against Geneseo could give a good sense of who will hold home-ice advantage as the top seed for the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament in March. The last time the Lakers faced the Knights on Nov. 16, Geneseo came away with a 9-1 victory.
The Knights (15-3-2, 8-1-2 SUNYAC) have not lost a game since the non-league 4-2 loss to Elmira College on Jan. 14. They are also ranked third in the nation by USCHO. The Lakers trail Geneseo by two points in the SUNYAC standings, but do have a game in hand and will look to tie atop the standings this Friday.
In the first game between Oswego State and Geneseo, the Lakers committed 80 minutes of penalties, including three game-misconducts and one match misconduct. The Knights were able to capitalize on the power play seven times. Tyson Empey recorded a three-goal hat trick, two of which came on the power play.
Mitch Emerson was the lone Laker to score in the game late in the third period, while David Richer played 48 minutes and was pulled after allowing seven goals. Cedric Hansen allowed two in the remaining 11 minutes.
Geneseo has four players averaging at least a point per game. Andrew Romano leads the team with 40 points. The senior is tied for first in the nation in points. Conlan Keenan is tied for eighth with 34 points. The Knights’ power play is also third in the nation, clipping at a 31.5 percent success rate.
Brockport (13-7, 6-5 SUNYAC) received one vote in this week’s national rankings from USCHO, and is only four points behind Oswego State in the conference. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 4-2 win over Bryn Athyn College last Saturday.
Back on Nov. 15, the Lakers beat the Golden Eagles 4-1 at home.
Despite opening the scoring on the power play from Jake Colosanti, it was all Oswego State in the Lakers’ win earlier in the season. Joseph Molinaro had a trio of assists, while Travis Broughman, Josh Zizek, Jody Sullivan and Colton Fletcher found the back of the net. David Richer made 21 saves in net, while Brockport’s Matt Schneider stopped 30 shots.
Ryan Romeo leads the Eagles with 22 points, with Jordan Renaud not too far behind at 18 points. Schneider has played in 17 games this year, with a .898 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average.
The Lakers are now on a three-game winning streak after also beating Canton the weekend prior. Oswego State defeated Plattsburgh, 4-2, while taking down Potsdam by a score of 5-1.
Alex DiCarlo had a four-point weekend, with back-to-back two-goal games. The freshman doubled his goals from his first 12 games. Michael Gillespie added six points over the weekend, including four against Plattsburgh. Max Novick also had two goals in the game against the Bears.
Steven Kozikoski played the second and third games of his collegiate career, allowing just three goals over the weekend to improve his save percentage to .941.