Porten Caps Rally in Oswego's 3OT Thriller over Ithaca

ITHACA, N.Y. Oswego State erased a four-goal deficit heading into the fourth quarter against 18th-ranked Ithaca before prevailing 8-7 in triple overtime.

Sophomore attack Chris Porten (Auburn, N.Y.) picked up a ground ball in the Oswego State offensive zone after an Ithaca turnover, and buried his shot in the back of the cage for his 13th goal of the season. The Lakers remain unbeaten at 6-0 on the season, while the Bombers fell to 5-2.

The Bombers struck the first blow 2:35 into the contest when Devin Weinshank capitalized on a man-up opportunity. Casey Balzer (Jr., Nassau, N.Y.) notched his ninth goal of the season after receiving a pass from Chris Porten with 4:47 remaining in the quarter.

Head coach Ryan Martin's squad took the lead following a man-up opportunity less than two minutes later when Matt Palmer (Fr., Pittsford, N.Y.) found Connor Khammar (Fr., Camillus, N.Y.) for the first of two goals on the day. The lead did not last long, though, as Ithaca scored another man-up goal with 2:26 left in the first after a goal by Pat Slawta to make the score 2-2 heading into the second quarter.

A Connor Lowe goal and a pair of markers from Slawata scored just more than three minutes into the frame to put Ithaca ahead 5-2. However, Britt Leone (Sr., Schenectady, N.Y.) ended the scoring streak on the next Laker possession after corralling a pass from Chad Smith (Jr., Fulton, N.Y.). Bomber Tom Mongelli registered the final goal of the half to send the home team into intermission with a 6-3 advantage.

Mongelli posted the lone goal of the third quarter to give Ithaca a four-goal lead heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation.

Khammar started the comeback with 8:27 to play with his ninth goal of the season before assisting a man-up goal scored by Balzer minutes later. Ben Morrill (Fr., Webster, N.Y.) chased starting Ithaca goalie Brendan Green from the game with his fourth goal of the season to bring Oswego State to within one goal. Palmer completed the comeback with an unassisted goal and 1:38 left to play.

Ithaca won the ensuing faceoff, but Porten forced a turnover to give the Lakers a chance to post the game-winner after Balzer scooped up the ground ball prompting a timeout. Porten got a shot off with 11 seconds to play, but the shot went wide left as the game went into extra frames.

Khammar nearly ended the game midway through the first overtime, but his shot careened off the post as Ithaca gained possession. The Bombers had three shots that went wide and high of the cage to send the game into a second overtime stanza.

Ithaca had the first chance to score, but Billy LaPerch's shot was wide right. Oswego State's Palmer and Porten had opportunities to be heroes in the final 90 seconds of the period, but both shots missed their targets.

The Bombers won the faceoff to gain control at the start of the third overtime. Laker goalie Ian O'Brien (Sr., Gansevoort, N.Y.) came up big in the net by stopping shots from Matt Greenblatt and LaPerch. Oswego State successfully cleared the ball after the scare. Leone ripped a shot that was stopped by Bomber goalie Mac Davis with Ithaca coming away with the ground ball. However, Ithaca turned the ball over only to have Porten pick up the loose ball. This time Porten did not miss the cage, scoring his 13th goal of the season with 2:09 left in the third overtime.

O'Brien finished the game with 16 saves, including 10 in the second half and all three overtime periods, as Oswego State mounted its rally. Ithaca's Davis suffered the loss after making one save and allowing two goals in the final 13 minutes of the contest, while Green ended with 12 saves and six goals allowed.

The Bombers won the ground ball battle by a margin of 41-27. Both squads saw success on man-up opportunities as Oswego State went 2 for 2 and Ithaca went 2 for 5.

The Lakers will host Keuka on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. before opening conference play on Friday against Brockport at 4:00 p.m. in Oswego.

2012-03-25



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