Oswego, NY–The Ephs (6-3-1) split the weekend with the Oswego State Lakers (8-3-0) with a loss in today's game, 6-3.
Reminiscent of last night's game, the Lakers started off the scoring early in the first period. At 3:17, Oswego St. took the lead with a goal by junior Anthony Passero, assisted by classmates Joseph Molinaro and Derek Brown.
Not wanting to equalize the game in the third period as they did last night, the Ephs looked for an opportunity to answer the early Laker goal. A man advantage came for the Ephs when Laker senior Josh Nenadal was given a two-minute elbowing penalty at 4:26. The Ephs were quick to pounce on the opportunity and equalized the game at 5:17 with a goal from sophomore Daniel Woolfenden. Woolfenden was assisted by freshmen Tyler Scott and Nick Altman.
It seemed that the Ephs would get another opportunity to take the lead in the game when Passers was sent to the penalty box at 12:50 for a penalty for tripping. Oswego State's quick special team, however, was able to get a shot off of the Ephs power play squad and score a short-handed goal at 14:00 by junior Jody Sullivan, assisted by Nenadal.
The Ephs were quick to respond to equalize the game once again just a little over a minute after the second Laker goal. At 15:02, senior Marcus Mollica scored his eighth goal this season. Mollica was
Assisted by Altman and senior Roberto Cellini.
The Ephs were not the only team with the quick response to a goal, however, and Oswego St. was able to deke another shot around Eph goaltender, freshmen Cosimo Lazzarino. The third Laker goal came at 16:21 and was scored by junior Michael Gillespie.
The high-scoring first period came to an end with three goals by home team, Oswego St. and the Ephs trailing by one with two goals.
The second period started with two quick penalties against both teams. Senior Ephman Keanu Hillaire was sent to the box at 0:28 for tripping and junior Laker, Derek Brown joined Hillaire at 1:27 for interference.
Brown's penalty leveled the game to 4v4 play. Right after Brown's penalty, his teammates were able to regain the momentum and score on the 4v4 at 1:55. The goal came from Gillespie with his second goal of the game.
Now with a two goal lead, the Lakers were picking up confidence, which manifested in two other goals before the end of the second period. The Laker's fifth goal came at 7:08 by freshman Travis Broughman who scored from his own rebound off of a wraparound attempt. He was assisted by Gillespie and senior Devin Campbell. Senior netminder Michael Pinios was brought into the game to replace Lazzarino after the Laker's fifth goal.
The Laker's sixth goal came later in the period at 15:50, scored by junior Joey Scorpio and assisted by Nenadal.
With a four goal deficit, the Ephs came out of the locker room hungry to try to tie the game during the third period. The Laker defensive line held strong and was able to keep the impending Eph offensive line from reaching Oswego St. goaltender, junior David Richer. The Eph lineup did manage to break through and cut the Laker lead to three with a goal at 10:33 by junior Wyatt Glover, assisted by sophomore Nick VanBelle.
The Ephs will play their next game in the new year with an away conference matchup against Trinity College on January 4 at 7:30pm.
Quotes from head coach Bill Kangas will be posted shortly.