November 21, 2009


Late goals boost Cortland

Two late third period goals snapped a tie and carried SUNY Cortland men to a 6-4 victory over visiting Morrisville State in Friday’s conference hockey outing at Alumni Arena.
Sophomore Martin Oeberg scored the game-winning goal at the 15:30 of the third and junior Jarrett Gold sealed the win with an empty-net power-play goal with 41 seconds remaining as the Red Dragons improved to 2-4 in the SUNY Athletic Conference and 3-4 overall.
Gold led the host side with two goals and an assist. Morrisville falls to 2-3 in the conference and 3-4 overall.
After a scoreless first period, the Red Dragons opened up a 4-1 lead after the second 20 minutes of play. Joey Christiano scored on a deflection in front at 5:44 on a 2-on-1 after a Morrisville turnover near center ice.
Bobby Cass answered for the Mustangs on the power play with a one-timer from the left face-off circle at 7:07 to knot the game up.
Cortland then closed the period with three straight goals. Freshman Mike Lysyj knocked a rebound past Morrisville goalie Caylin Relkoff at 12:02, then frosh Chris Kaleta deflected sophomore Sean Streicher’s slap shot from the right point inside the left post at 16:57. Gold completed the run with a quick one-time shot in front off a feed from Palmisano at 18:39.
The Mustangs responded quickly in the third period, scoring twice in the first minute. Just 26 seconds in, Rob Sgarbossa knocked in a loose puck in front and Adam Laite deflected a shot from the left point into the upper left of the goal at 55 seconds. Matt Salmon then tied the game at 4-4 on the power play with a deflection of Sgarbossa’s shot.
Sweden native Oeberg scored the game winner when he put a rebound in for his first goal of the season. As Morrisville pressed late in the game, the Mustangs drew a penalty at 18:40 before they could pull goalie Relkoff for an extra skater. After the Mustangs were able to dump the puck in Cortland’s zone, Relkoff did skate to the bench, but senior Patrick Palmisano set up Gold’s insurance goal to clinch the win.
Red Dragon goalie Mike Reilly made 27 saves in goal. Cortland is back home Tuesday, hosting Hamilton in a 7 p.m. non-conference skate.
CORTLAND WOMEN were blanked 2-0 at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Emilie Wiggin and Hannah Harvey each scored goals and Isabel Iwachiw made 12 saves for the hosts. Freshman goalie Sarah Sitcov made 28 saves for the Red Dragons (3-4) in the loss. The teams will play again at Trinity this afternoon at 3 p.m.