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Nationally-ranked Lakers defeat Mustangs by two

Written by: Heather Foster, Sports Information Student Assistant
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– After a 5-0 victory over SUNY Cortland on Friday night, the Mustangs fell short to the visiting SUNY Oswego Lakers. The Lakers, ranked first in the nation for D3 hockey, netted four goals in the third period alone to remain undefeated in SUNYAC play and advance to 22-1 overall.

Matt Salmon (Orilla, Ontario) put the Mustangs on the board at 4:02 in the first period with assists from Chris Cerbino (Highland, N.Y.) and Jonathan Cristini (Mississauga, Ontario), giving Morrisville a 1-0 lead.

At 18:05, the Lakers answered with a goal from Paul Rodrigues (Etobicoke, Ontario), assisted by Luke Moodie (Burlington, Ontario) and Jon Whitelaw (Huntsville, Ontario). The teams ended the first period with a 1-1 tie.

With a goalless second period, Oswego’s Whitelaw picked-up a goal at the start of the third with assists from Moodie and Rodrigues.

Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, Ontario) netted one at 5:46 in the third for the tie, assisted by Bobby Cass (Burlington, Ontario).

The Lakers began a three-goal streak at 8:25, with a tie-breaker from Chris Laganiere (Owego, N.Y.) assisted by Erik Selleck (Shanley, Ontario). Oswego’s Owen Kelly (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) netted another for the Lakers, this time from Justin Fox (Whitby, Ontario) and Matt Singleton (Brooklin, Ontario), putting the Mustangs down by two. With less than five minutes left in the game, Andrew Mather (Ottawa, Ontario) put one past Morrisville’s Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, British Columbia) on a power-play, assisted by Selleck and Fox.

With three seconds left on the clock, Tom Longland (Dunnville, Ontario) added another for the Mustangs, assisted by Joakim Cedin (Spanga, Sweden) and Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, Ontario), making the final score 5-3, Oswego.

Relkoff saved 31 for the Mustangs while Oswego’s keeper Kyle Gunn-Taylor (West Seneca, N.Y.) kept out 20.

The Mustangs return to the rink Friday, Feb. 19, playing at and against Buffalo State at 7 p.m.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.