No. 2 Oswego shuts out Bears


MASSENA, N.Y.—Second-ranked Oswego State (21-3, 14-1 SUNYAC) got seven first period goals from seven different players en route to a 10-0 victory over the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (8-15-1, 5-10) at Massena Arena on Friday night. Senior forward Jon Whitelaw led the Lakers with a goal and three assists. Senior forward Luke Moodie and senior defenseman Zach Josepher each scored two goals for Oswego. The Bears can still grab the SUNYAC's final playoff spot with a victory over Cortland tomorrow night.

Things didn't go Potsdam's way from the outset. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli fired the first shot of the game just seconds into the contest. The puck slipped through the pads of Lakers senior goalie Andrew Hare, but Hare reached back and swiped it out of harm's way just in time. Two minutes later, a Bear defenseman deflected a shot from sophomore defenseman Bobby Gersakis past junior goalie Shane Talarico (Greensburg, Pa./Elmira College) for the eventual game-winner on the power play. Whitelaw made it 2-0 at the 4:01 mark to ignite Oswego's offensive show. When the dust settled, it was 7-0 after 20 minutes. Talarico was temporarily pulled after the third Laker goal at the 5:59 mark. Freshman goalie Austin Keiser played the rest of the period, but faired no better, allowing four goals on 15 shots.

Talarico returned to the goal at the start of the second period and Hare was replaced by Oswego senior goalie Dan Jones. The duo went the rest of the way for their respective teams. Laker senior forward Matt Singleton made it 8-0 just 2:52 into the second period. Moodie and Josepher tacked on power-play tallies to cap the scoring at 10-0 as the middle period came to end. There was no scoring in the third period, despite a 20-5 Laker shot advantage.

Hare earned his 17th victory with six saves in 20 minutes. Jones finished with 13 stops. Talarico fell to 3-4 on the season despite 33 saves. Oswego was 3-5 on the man advantage and Potsdam went 0-2.

Before the game SUNY Potsdam Athletic Director Jim Zalacca presented a check for $250 to the Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad for the organization's support of the Bears during their stay in town.

The Bears face SUNY Cortland tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Massena. A loss or a tie will eliminate Potsdam from playoff contention.