Following two goals and an assist from freshman Travis Broughman, the No. 4 Oswego State Lakers tied the No. 2 SUNY Geneseo Ice Knights 4-4 in overtime on Saturday night.
SUNY Geneseo’s Andrew Romano led all scorers with four points, one goal and three assists. He also scored his 100th career collegiate point on his second assist of the night.
The Lakers, who improve to 17-4-2 (10-3-1 SUNYAC), ended SUNY Geneseo’s 17-game win streak which started on Nov. 10 against SUNY Potsdam. The Ice Knights had only lost one game and tied one game this season prior to their arrival at the Marano Campus Center Ice Arena.
SUNY Geneseo’s head coach Chris Shultz said that it was good for his team to face adversity, while Oswego State’s head coach Ed Gosek said it was more about playing a good opponent.
“They haven’t had any [adversity], so it’s easy for him to say. He’s lost one game and one tie,” Gosek said. “I don’t know if it’s adversity, as much as just playing good opponents to expose your weaknesses.”
The Lakers had limited power play opportunities as they only drew one penalty in the beginning of the game. They had no recorded shots on net during the two-minute advantage. SUNY Geneseo went 2-4 on the power play. The second power-play goal was the game-tying goal from Tyson Empey.
The Ice Knights looked like they wanted more calls made. At one point, Charlie Pelnik could have been called for a hook or slash, but with the referees making no call, Joseph Molinaro, who is now on a five-game point streak and a three-game goal streak, was able to score shorthanded.
That no-call led to an extended talk between captains and referees at the end of the second period.
“I think they felt there should’ve more calls being made. I’m not sure why there needed to be dialogue on it,” Gosek said. “If they’re trying to let us play, then that call isn’t made in the third period. There were many others that could’ve been called in my opinion.”
David Richer made 25 saves in the game for the Lakers with Devin McDonald stopping 24 for the Ice Knights. Oswego State ended McDonald’s streak of four shutouts and nearly 259 minutes of scoreless hockey during the game. He allowed two goals on five shots during the first period.
Anthony Passero scored the fourth goal for the Lakers, which, at the time, was the game-winning goal until Empey scored on the power play. Conlan Keenan and David Szmyd were the other two goal scorers for the Ice Knights.
While the seniors from Oswego State were held pointless, the game against SUNY Geneseo was considered senior night. Following the game, the four seniors, captain Devin Campbell, assistant captain Cameron Berry, Kristoffer Brun and transfer Josh Nenadal, were all recognized with a post-game video and stick taps.
“There’s a story to each and every one of them. But the bottom line is they’re all good guys,” Gosek said. “They’ve represented our program extremely well with the time that they’ve been here.”
Campbell, who had a lot of family and his girlfriend in attendance, said it was a cool experience and he was proud to be a senior for the Lakers. His family wore all his jerseys, from Oswego State to his days in junior hockey, to remember his whole hockey career.
“I don’t know if I could’ve dreamed something better about then how we played against a strong Geneseo team,” Campbell said. “I thought we really pulled together and really worked hard.”
SUNY Geneseo falls to 20-1-2 (11-1-2 SUNYAC) and faces Buffalo State, who is ranked No. 3 in the SUNYAC, on Feb. 13 for the Ice Knights’ second-to-last regular season game. Oswego State has until Feb. 15 when it travels to the north country for a weekend series between SUNY Potsdam and Plattsburgh State to close out its regular season.
“We’ve got to win out here if we want to put ourselves in a good spot,” Campbell said. “We played a really good game here tonight, but I think we’ve got another gear. As long as we keep building before playoffs, we’ll be alright.”