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Morrisville State's hockey season ends with loss to nationally ranked Oswego in SUNYAC semi-finals

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Tournament top seed and nationally ranked SUNY Oswego scored four third period goals to fight off sixth seed Morrisville State College for the 8-5 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship tournament semi-final round victory Saturday night in Oswego.

Morrisville State finishes the season with a 9-17 overall record, recording a 1-1 post season record in their first year of eligibility for tournament play.

Morrisville State caught the Lakers on their heels in the first period and took a 3-0 lead midway through the first within a two minute span beating Oswego net minder Kyle Gunn-Taylor with scores from Chris Cerbino (Highland, NY), Geoff Matzel (Chittenango, NY) and Bobby Cass (Burlington, ON) with over 10 minutes remaining in the period.

At 12:53 in the period, Oswego was able to get on the scoreboard, as Tyler Leimbrock netted his first of three on the night, before teammate Neil Musselwhite added the second Laker score in the 16th minute, cutting the Mustangs lead to one.

In the second, Jonathan Cristini (Mississauga, ON) stole the puck and converted for a score on the breakaway to regain a two goal advantage for Morrisville State just over a minute into the period but Leimbrock responded for Oswego with an unassisted score just over two minutes later to make it a 4-3 game in favor of the Mustangs.

With just over a minute to go in the period, Leimbrock deflected the puck in front of Morrisville State goaltender Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC), his third of the night, evening the contest for the Lakers at four heading into the final stance.

In the third, Oswego took their first lead of the contest just 27 seconds into the period off a Musselwhite short-handed score and rattled off two more, the first from John Whitelaw at 11:33, and power play score from Eric Selleck at 14:40 for the 7-4 lead over Morrisville State.

Tom Longland (Dunnville, ON) added a fifth Mustang score to cut into the lead with three minutes to go, but Oswego’s Kevin Huinink added the empty netter to secure the win for the Lakers with a minute to go.

Relkoff made 32 stops in 59:29 of play for Morrisville State, including 10 in the final period.

Gunn-Taylor saved two and allowed three goals in 9:32 of play before being relieved by Paul Beckwith who recorded 16 saves in the final 50:22 of the game for the Lakers.

Oswego improves to 24-2-0 and advances to the SUNYAC final, hosting second seed Plattsburgh on Saturday, March 6. Plattsburgh defeated Brockport 5-2 in the other semi-final game to advance.

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.