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Oswego State hockey survives scare, defeats Morrisville State 6-5

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Nationally ranked (15) Oswego State hockey survived a scare Saturday night, defeating the Morrisville State College Mustangs by a narrow 6-5 margin in Morrisville.

Derrell Levy (Markham, ONT) gave Oswego the 6-4 advantage at 9:07 in the third off a cross from Joe Hall (Schaumburg, Ill) and Chris Laganiere (Owego, NY), which turned into the game winner midway through the period.

With just over a minute and half remaining in the third, Morrisville State pulled netminder Brett Freese (Geneseo, NY) and immediately netted an extra man goal as Keith Williams (Whitesboro, NY) collected the rebounded shot from Joe Herman (Congers, NY) for the score. The score was Williams’ second of the night.

Morrisville State attempted another shot with the extra attacker, but Oswego’s defensive unit cleared the puck to prevent an additional score, earning the conference win.

Morrisville State held the 2-1 advantage in the first period before Oswego rallied for three scores in the second to take a narrow 4-3 lead heading into the final period.

Oswego State’s Chris Hyk (Hamilton, ONT) earned the win in net, saving 16 as the Lakers improve to 7-3-2, 7-1-1 SUNYAC.

Freese tallied a career best 44 saves in net for the Mustangs who fall to 4-12-0 overall, 0-9-0 in SUNYAC play.

Morrisville State resumes action on January 4 hosting Buffalo State College.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.