PSU Men’s Hockey falls to #2 Oswego State

Wigg, Greco score for Panthers in setback

            OSWEGO, N.Y. – The second-ranked Oswego State men's ice hockey team scored four power-play goals Sunday night, all in the first period, as the Lakers defeated Plymouth State University, 6-2, on the first day of the 2012 Pathfinder Bank Oswego State Hockey Classic.

            Seven of the eight goals in the game came in the first period, with Oswego holding a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes.  Freshman Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) put the Panthers on the board first with a shorthanded goal, but Oswego responded with three unanswered markers in the next eight minutes to open up a 3-1 lead.  Senior Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill.) cut the margin to 3-2 for PSU before Chris Ayotte (Cornwall, Ont.) scored back-to-back power-play goals for the Lakers in the final four minutes of the period.

            Senior Jon Whitelaw (Huntsville, Ont.) led the Lakers with three points on a goal and an assist. Oswego improves to 10-2-0 overall, while PSU had its seven-game winning streak snapped and fell to 8-2-0).

            The Lakers went on the offensive attack early when they had three power-play chances in the first five minutes of the contest. However, Plymouth State was the team to get on the scoreboard first. Wigg caused a turnover at the Oswego State blue line for a short-handed, breakaway goal that went in the top left corner of the net in the first shot that senior goalie Daniel Jones (Richmond Hill, Ont.) faced.

            It did not take long for the Lakers to even the score still on the power play, as Jesse McConney (Barrie, Ont.) laced a slap shot from the center of the blue line that found its way just inside the right post. Chris Brown (Centreville, Ont.) fed McConney for his second goal of the season at 5:12.

            The line of Whitelaw, Luke Moodie (Oakville, Ont.) and Paul Rodrigues (Etobicoke, Ont.) teamed up for two goals in a 90-second span midway through the frame. Whitelaw wristed a shot from the left faceoff circle into the back of the net during a 2-on-1 rush at 10:47. The trio struck again eight seconds into a Plymouth State penalty when Moodie buried a shot in the slot after a series of tic-tac-toe passes from Rodrigues and Whitelaw.

            The second period yielded no scoring for either squad, and the lone goal of the third period came at 1:15 when Chris Carr (Burlington, Ont.) converted a Panther turnover in the neutral zone into his fourth marker of the season.

            Jones picked up his second win in his first start of the season, turning away 27 saves, including 12 in the third period.  PSU senior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) stopped 31 shots with 19 saves coming in the first period alone.

            Oswego State will face Lawrence (5-7-0) in the championship game Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Arena. Castleton State will square off against Plymouth State at 1 p.m. in the consolation contest.  Lawrence edged Castleton in Sunday's first game, 2-1. 

 (Courtesy of Oswego Sports Information) 

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