OSWEGO — The Oswego State men’s hockey team recently lost to another nationally-ranked team for the second-straight week, falling 4-1 to Hobart College this past Friday on the road.
The setback came just six days after a 9-1 loss against SUNY Geneseo. The game had 88 penalty minutes and four game-misconducts.
Oswego State head coach Ed Gosek said it was “a lot of little things,” and that the team “has to be aggressive.” He also mentioned that he wasn’t sure if the lack of aggressiveness came from the amount of penalties against the Knights.
The team did have better discipline against Hobart, only committing four penalties, three of which came in the third period. However, the Statesmen’s third goal did come on the power play during the third period,
“We try to learn from the Geneseo game, everything from the discipline side of things to the X’s and O’s,” he said. “We’re just trying to get the guys focused on playing our type of hockey.”
With limited goal-scoring in the last two games, Oswego State’s offense hasn’t seen the spotlight. Travis Broughman was the lone player to score a goal in the loss against the Statesmen. The Lakers' sophomore, who Gosek added has been one of the team’s more consistent players, now leads the team both in points (7) and goals (4).
Oswego State also had three players suspended for the game against Hobart – Tanner Spink, Joseph Molinaro and Anthony Passero – after the misconducts were reviewed following the game against SUNY Geneseo.
Spink and Passero will be back for the Lakers’ next game against seventh-ranked Salve Regina 4 p.m. Friday in opening round of the Utica College Thanksgiving Showcase, while Molinaro still has one more game to sit out.
“Travis has been playing consistently well,” he said. “We had guys sitting out of the lineup. That didn’t help anything. It’s not an excuse, it’s just a combination of a lot of things.”
David Richer made 35 saves on 39 shots during the game last Friday. In the last two games, Richer has made 59 saves, but has also allowed 11 goals.
Gosek didn’t mention if Richer or Cedric Hansen would be between the pipes this weekend.
“There’s a couple (Richer) wishes he could have back. Overall, I thought he played fine,” Gosek said. “Bottom line is, you have to score more than one (goal).”
Against Salve Regina this Friday, Oswego State has only faced the Seahawks twice in program history, winning both games. The last meeting between the two teams was in the Lakers’ Pathfinder Bank Tournament last season, where they won 6-2 to advance to the title game.
Depending on the outcome of that game and the Utica-Plymouth State matchup, the Lakers could potentially face the 12th-ranked Pioneers in the second game of the tournament on Saturday. In what has become at least one matchup per season between the two teams, the Lakers and Pioneers have tied their last two meetings.
The Lakers’ last game against Plymouth State was in 2012, where they won 6-2. The Panthers received votes at the beginning of the season for the national rankings, but have not received any since the Oct. 28 rankings.
“If we played the way we did this past Friday (against Hobart) and then the way we did against Geneseo, I don’t think it matters who we play,” Gosek said. “Most of the mistakes we made were self-inflicted. We’ve got to be better and we’ll continue to work on it. We’ll show video of where we need to improve and move on from there.”