OSWEGO, N.Y. — Chris DiCarlo apparently takes his role as a leader very seriously.
Topping all scorers with a goal and three assists, DiCarlo helped to spark Oswego to a 7-1 victory over the Bengals of Buffalo State.
Freshman sensation Mike Lukajic and Matt Vashaw each tallied two goals as they led the barrage of shots on Buffalo netminderHarley Pottratz. Pottratz did stop 49 shots in the defeat, but the Oswego attack was too strong for the Buffalo defense.
Lukajic got the first goal of the gameat the 11:34 mark of thefirst period, snapping a wrist shot past a screened Pottratz. In the second period, Oswego blew up for three goals, getting a tally from Joe Pecoraro, a power-play goal from John Hirliman and Vashaw’s first goal.
Rocky Reeves got Buffalo’s only goal at 5:38 of the third period, which still proved volatile for the Great Lakers as DiCarlo scored on the power play at 8:58following an elbowing penalty from Jason Cornardo. Vashaw and Lukajic each got their second goals in the last 30 seconds of the third to add insult to injury.
Lost in the offensive fireworks was freshman goaltender Tyson Gajda’s first victory in his first start of the regular season. Gajda stopped 21 Buffalo State shots to earn the victory.
With the loss, Buffalo State falls to 2-5-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the SUNYAC, while Oswego improves to 5-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the conference.
Oswego’s next game won’t come until Thanksgiving weekend when they head to Hooksett, N.H., for the first round of the PAL Cup against Southern Maine. Buffalo State will head to Purchase for a double-header weekend on the 18th and 19th against the Valiants of Manhattanville.