OSWEGO — Plattsburgh State never trailed in the first 10 games of the men’s hockey season.
Saturday against Oswego, the Cardinals found themselves behind twice, and they came back twice.
Then it was the Lakers’ turn to rally. They scored the final goal of the game as the two SUNY Athletic Conference teams settled for a 3-3 tie.
“Give our guys credit. One thing that impressed me about the game is we came back from a deficit twice,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “We just gotta do a better job with puck management.”
No. 13 Oswego (5-2-1, 4-2-1 SUNYAC) took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Plattsburgh quickly pulled ahead. Alex Jensen scored a power-play goal 1:38 in. Kyle Hall assisted on the goal and then tallied one of his own at 5:18 to make it 3-2.
Mike Wills found the net less than two minutes later to knot the game, and it stayed that way through the rest of the period and the five-minute overtime.
“I like how we played in the third period,” Emery said. “And I’m proud of the way our defense played. We played really short on defense tonight. At times they were real tired. But they really sucked it up and finished the game strong.”
Patrick Hermans did not play because he drew a misconduct penalty Friday, and the top-ranked Cardinals (9-0-2, 7-0-2) have two injured defensemen, leaving them with five Saturday.
Mathieu Cadieux made 28 saves for Plattsburgh, and Matt Zawadzki had 35. Emery said the Cardinals had good chances in the game, and Zawadzki made some tough saves, including robbing Kevin Emmerling twice.
Oswego’s David Titanic potted the first goal of the game early in the second period, and Rich Botting answered for Plattsburgh shortly after. Shawn Hulshof’s goal at 16:11 restored the Lakers’ lead.
Emery said his team didn’t play as well in the first two periods as it did in the third.
The Cardinals don’t play again until Jan. 3.
“Overall, it was a good first semester, but I’d like us to find ways to win these games,” Emery said. “I’m happy but not satisfied.”
Plattsburgh 3, Oswego 3
Plattsburgh0 1 2 0 — 3
Oswego0 2 1 0 — 3
First period- Penalties: Radisa, PSU (slashing), 10:26.
Second period- 1, Osw, Titanic (Barton), 3:45. 2, PSU, Botting (Roytman), 5:21 (pp). 3, Osw, Hulshof (Galati), 16:11. Penalties: Scott, Osw (interference), 5:14. Constantine, PSU (slashing), 6:37. Wills, Osw (Hooking), 13:18. Smith, Osw (holding), 20:00.
Third period- 4, PSU, A. Jensen (Hall), 1:38 (pp). 5, PSU, Hall, 5:18. 6, Osw, Wills (Galati), 6:56. Penalties: Waterstreet, Osw (interference), 17:43.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh14 10 14 0 — 38
Oswego13 8 8 2 — 31
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PSU, 31-28. Zawadzki, Osw, 38-35.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 2-4, Oswego 0-2.