MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team worked their way back within one after falling behind 3-0 thanks to a two-goal third period by Stevie Ray Adams (Akwesasne, Que.), but it was not enough as Oswego State outlasted the Mustangs 4-2.
Oswego jumped out to an early lead just over four minutes into the contest with an evenhanded strike from Mitch Herlihey. However, the Mustangs were granted two power play opportunities at the 6:08 mark and the 13:26 mark to try to get themselves back into the contest. Unfortunately, the stingy defense of the Lakers held the Mustangs to just two shots on goal during those opportunities.
The Lakers struck twice on the Mustangs in the second period. Posting a goal at the 4:25 mark and again at the 8:49 mark.
On a night in which the Mustangs celebrated their seniors, one of their own, Adams took control in the third period. Adams got the Morrisville on the board at the 5:31 mark on a back hand flip as he cut in front of the crease. Just over five minutes later, Adams struck again, this time following up a miss that deflected off of a Lakers' defenseman to bring the Mustangs within one. Ian Wood (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Ryan Bochert (Denver, Colo.) assisted on the first Adams goal, while Wood picked up the only assist on the second.
Morrisville picked up an opportunity to even up the game to force overtime when Oswego was whistled for an interference penalty with just 1:44 remaining in regulation. After controlling the faceoff, the Mustangs pulled their goal tender to go up two skaters. The Lakers took chances, jumping into passing lanes, a gamble which paid off with 51 seconds remaining as Cameron Berry picked off a Morrisville pass for the empty netter and the 2 goal cushion.
The Mustangs pulled their goaltender again with 12 second remaining, but it was not enough as the Lakers walked away with the 4-2 conference victory.
Morrisville will wrap up their regular season on the road, heading to Brockport on February 2 and 3 before heading to Fredonia on February 16 and 17. Puck will drop in Brockport at 7 PM on Friday, February 2.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.