Men's Hockey Drops Semifinal, Awaits Word on Tourney Berth
Ben Waldman continued his postseason tear, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime Feb. 26 as No. 6-seed Fredonia upset the top-ranked Oswego State men's ice hockey team, 2-1. The Laker offense ran into another hot goaltender in Mark Friesen, who registered 43 saves, including eight in the extra frame during the SUNY Athletic Conference semifinal game at Oswego.
Oswego State, which fell to 22-4-0, will now await word as to whether it will make the national tournament from the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Selection Committee Sunday.
The Fredonia Blue Devils jumped out to the early lead as Alex Morton scored his 10th goal of the season on the game's first power play with Mat Hehr earning the assist at 6:08. The score stayed at 1-0 heading into the first break.
Oswego State came out of the locker room with increased intensity as it began to apply more pressure to the Fredonia defense and Friesen. Midway through the second period, Paul Rodrigues '14 slid a pass through the slot to Luke Moodie '14 who tied the game at 1-1.
The Lakers continued to knock on the doorstep throughout the rest of the frame and well into the third period, but the game quickly became a battle between goaltenders as Oswego State's Paul Beckwith '13 made 10 saves and Friesen made 17 in the final regulation period.
The home team had several scoring chances in overtime, but Friesen and the Blue Devil defense was up to the task. With the puck in the Oswego State zone, Mitch Kulikoski jumped on an errant clearing attempt and nudged it to Hehr, who found Waldman for the game-winning goal at 11:34.
Beckwith finished the game with 35 saves compared to Friesen's 43. Oswego State went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Fredonia went 1-for-3.
The Blue Devils pulled off the same feat in 2007 when they defeated the Lakers in overtime, 3-2, in the SUNYAC Semifinal round. Oswego State went on to win the national championship that year after receiving an at-large berth.
— Adele Burk
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