OSWEGO, N.Y. – Despite a roster full of fresh faces, Oswego State showed little signs of youth as the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with the Lakers in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net in an evenly-match first period that saw top-ranked Plattsburgh State finish with a slight 14-13 edge in shots on goal.
Plattsburgh State found itself in unfamiliar territory at 3:45 of the second period as the Lakers struck first on a goal by David Titanic, creating the Cardinals' first deficit of the season. But the Oswego lead was a short-lived one as the Cardinals responded less than two minutes later with a power-play goal from Rich Botting at 5:21.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the latter portion of the second when Oswego's Shawn Hulshof tallied his fifth of the year at 16:11, giving the Lakers a 2-1 lead to take to the locker room.
The Cardinals regained the momentum early in the third on Alex Jensen's power-play goal with just 1:38 gone in the period to tie the game again. Kyle Hall picked up an assist on Jensen's goal before scoring one of his own at the 5:18 mark to give Plattsburgh State its first lead of the night.
As quickly as the Cardinals took the lead, the Lakers came right back with the equalizer. Oswego's Mike Wills scored his first of the year from Matt Galati at 6:56 to round out the scoring in the back-and-forth battle.
Plattsburgh State went 2-for-4 on the power play and finished the night with a 38-31 advantage in shots on goal. The Cardinals' penalty kill continued to be successful as the Lakers went 0-for-2 with the extra man.
Mathieu Cadieux recorded 28 saves in between the pipes for the Cardinals. Freshman goaltender Matt Zawadzki made 35 stops for the Lakers.
With Saturday's tie, the Cardinals wrapped up an unbeaten first semester with a 9-0-2 mark overall. A 7-0-2 record in conference play keeps Plattsburgh State atop the SUNYAC standings with 16 points and two points ahead of Geneseo. Oswego finishes the first half at 5-2-1 overall and 4-2-1 in league play.
The Cardinals will return to action in four weeks at the Buck Supply Winter Classic on Jan. 3 and 4. The tournament gets underway with Hobart facing Williams at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 before Plattsburgh State hosts Hamilton at 7 p.m. The consolation and championship games will follow on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4 and 7 p.m., respectively.