PLATTSBURGH — Brandon Adams squeezed the puck past Mathieu Cadieux’s pad with 2:32 left in Saturday’s third period, and with that Oswego kept archrival Plattsburgh from claiming a share of the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey regular-season title.
After a frenetic second period in which Plattsburgh led twice but the teams ended up tied, Adams’ goal was the only one of the third, giving the Lakers a 4-3 win at Stafford Ice Arena.
“I thought we played hard; I thought we played well. But we gotta find ways to win games, not lose them,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “And we gotta find some more gamers in the locker room — guys that when the going gets tough, when we’re battling near the end of games, we can find to pull it out.
“This year we haven’t had a lot of guys that can pull games out late.”
Plattsburgh (19-4-2, 12-2-2 SUNYAC) dropped into second place in the conference, two points behind Geneseo. The Cardinals will be the second seed in the conference tournament.
Saturday’s close contest was a typical Plattsburgh-Oswego game, but this was not a typical season for the 12th-ranked Lakers, who finished in third place. Oswego (17-6-2, 10-5-1) dropped home games to Geneseo and Brockport last weekend and then barely got past Potsdam Friday. It won Saturday despite ongoing goaltending issues and a battered roster.
“For us to tie it up and then get the one late, just a gutty performance,” Oswego coach Ed Gosek said. “We got a lot of guys banged up. No excuses, but we found a way with the amount of D we have out and forwards that we have out. The guys that were in there, they gave us everything they had. So I’m proud of them for the effort.”