Oswego, NY-After a two week hiatus, the men's ice hockey team return to action with their annual weekend matchup against Oswego St. The Ephs (6-2-1) take down the Oswego State Lakers (7-2-0) 2–1. Senior Marcus Mollica's short-handed over time goal extended the Ephs winning streak to three.
The Ephs last step games were solid conference wins so the anticipation for their first game back after the holiday season was in the air. Oswego St., however, was the first to post a point on the scoreboard with an early period goal at 3:19 by senior Josh Nenadal. Nenadal was assisted by junior Jody Sullivan.
The Ephs continued to press and even got a power play opportunity after Nenadal was called for a two minute hooking penalty. The special teams squad was able to setup goal opportunities but could not convert the man advantage to tie the game.
The Oswego St. goaltender, junior David Richer, was quick to ward off the Ephs' 11 shots during the period. Eph netminder, senior Michael Pinios has eight shots on him and saved seven.
A late first period penalty given to Eph junior Max Fuld for slashing at 19:24 gave Oswego St. the man advantage going into the second period. The strong Eph defensive special team, however, was able to successfully protect the net and kill Files's penalty.
The second period was a tug of war with both teams putting up solid opportunities. Penalties, too, were rare in the period with both teams playing clean hockey. The lone penalty came at 14:26 when Oswego St. freshman Tyson Kirkby was called for holding. The Ephs were unable to convert and entered the third period still one down.
Fresh out of the locker room, the Ephs came out storming and scored the equalizer just 1:42 into the third period. The goal was scored by sophoore Bobby Beniers and was assisted by freshmen Jack Forrest and Nick Altman.
The rest of the third period was a nail biter to see which team would put up the extra goal to pull out the win. With the clock ticking down, Eph senior Connor Meike was put in the penalty box for hooking st 19:02. This meant that Meike's penalty would carry over to over time play if neither team scored in the next 58 seconds. The game concluded with 1:02 left on Meike's penalty and the score 1-1, sending the game into a five minute, sudden death over time.
Not even one minute into overtime, senior Marcus Mollica scored a short handed goal. His goal came unassisted and at forty seconds into over time to give the Ephs their third win in a row.
"Tonight, we played a very talented Oswego team. After falling behind 1-0 early in the game, the guys did a good job, focusing on next shift mentality. Our mindset has been to focus on doing the little things well every shift, allowing our teammates to feed off the positive play of others," head caoch Bill Kangas said. "As our play continued to improve, our offensive chances were better especially in the third period. All of our seniors had very good games, and the rest of the team followed their lead as the game wore on."
The Ephs will play Oswego St. tomorrow at 3pm.