PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — For the second year in a row, the SUNYAC championship was decided on a Sunday afternoon in Plattsburgh, in game three. After Oswego and Plattsburgh tied the first two nights, Plattsburgh won the third game, 2-1, to take the SUNYAC title.
Early on, neither team seemed to feel the effects of three games in three days as there was plenty of action. Shots were plentiful, too, with Plattsburgh having the 15-11 edge in the first. However, like the rest of the series, goals were not as easy to come by.
The only tally for the first period came at the 7:16 mark when Plattsburgh’s Shawn Banks scored off assists by Peter Ollari and Guy Come.
Early in the second, Plattsburgh took the first two-goal lead for either team in the series. Guy Come scored what was effectively a power-play goal, tallying at 7:27 just as Oswego returned to full strength after a penalty.
Oswego got on the scoreboard shortly afterwards, at the 9:06 mark on the power play when John Hirliman stuffed in the puck with a slew of players in the crease area.
Plattsburgh argued that the net was off (it appeared it came off after the puck went in) and that Oswego was interfering with Niklas Sundberg. The goal stood, but each team did receive a penalty, including one to Hirliman.
With Oswego needing to score one more goal to extend the series for at least another period, the Great Lakers only got seven shots off in the final stanza as Plattsburgh held on for the win.
The win gave Plattsburgh its sixth consecutive SUNYAC championship, the longest such streak in league history. The Cardinals also claim the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Where and when they play, and against whom, will be decided later Sunday night.
Oswego ends its season with a record of 17-9-4.
Plattsburgh defenseman Jeff Marshall was named tournament MVP. Marshall was joined on the all-tournament team by Oswego defenseman Joe Carrabs, and forwards Rob Smith from Oswego, and Come and Jason Kilcan from Plattsburgh. Sundberg, who made 26 saves Sunday, was the all-tourney goalie.