Saturday, November 22, 2008


Courtesy of WNYO....

After coming off a disappointing tie to Morrisville State last weekend the Lakers came back tonight with a vengeance. The Lakers came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, and didn't look back. Mark Lozzi (first star of the game) scored a short handed goal off a rebound at 6:38 beating Golden Eagle goaltender Oliver Wren high. Laker senior forward Ryan Ellis added quickly to the early lead by wrapping the puck around Wren's skate for a goal at 8:29. Shortly following Ellis' goal, the Lakers took yet another penalty. But, senior forward Mark Lozzi was able to find the back of the net yet again. Senior defenseman Rich Zalewski set up Lozzi with a beautiful cross ice pass from the circle finding Lozzi in the slot for the goal.

The two shorthanded goals by Lozzi demoralized the Golden Eagle bench, and boosted the confidence of the Lakers bench. It was from this point that the Lakers put their foot on the accelerator and continued speeding forward in their offensive attack. In the final six minutes of the first period the Lakers scored three more goals. Matt Whitehead (third star of the game), Peter Magagna, and Erick Selleck all netted goals to increase the Laker lead to 6-0 by the end of the first.

The Lakers clearly dominated every aspect of play in the first period, which allowed them to storm out to the early lead. The rout was on early in the Campus Center, and things would not get better for the Golden Eagles. At 1:54 in the second period Josh Chamberlain scored of a rebound from a Joe Hall shot depositing the puck topshelf on the powerplay. Then at 2:23 Ellis struck again pushing the Lakers to an 8-0 lead in the first 22 minutes of play. The Golden Eagles at this point had already made a change in net switching from rookie Oliver Wren to veteran Todd Sheridan. The revolving door in net continued shortly after 8th Laker goal as Sheridan was quickly pulled giving rookie Josh Roarke the chance to showcase his abilities. This move came too late for the Golden Eagles as they had dug too deep a hole to climb out of.

The Golden Eagles ended Laker goaltender Paul Beckwith's bid for a shutout midway through the second when David McNab scored at 12:23 on a tip-in. Beckwith up to this point had not faced many shots, and was likely out of his normal rhythm. Junior center Neil Musselwhite, however, would back his goaltender up at 19:16 answering McNab's goal. Musselwhite crossed center ice on a breakout with one defender to beat. He fought off his defender and circled the net pushing the puck around Roarke's skate for a unassisted goal. Musselwhite's goal put the akers up 9-1 going into the second intermission.

The third period began with the resurgence of the lackadaisical defense that was exhibited a week earlier. Golden Eagle sophomore forward Tom Galiani beat Beckwith high on a one-on-one after an errant Laker pass was intercepted. The Lakers proceeded to give away another goal at 6:21 to Tim Crowley who beat Beckwith high yet again on a one-on-one. In the matter of 6:30 minutes the Golden Eagles quickly got back two goals, but they were answered just as quickly. Freshmen Erick Selleck (the second star of the game) scored at 6:51 and then again on a 5 on 3 powerplay at 19:11 to end the scoring on the night. Selleck's two third period goals gave him a hat trick on the evening propelling the Lakers to a 11-3 victory.