Oswego Advances to SUNYAC Finals
Oswego Lakers Men’s Hockey would show no mercy to Buffalo State with a final score of 6–2 Saturday night. Beating them just last week by 5 goals the Lakers and their fans were confident going in. The Lakers could be heard from the locker room chanting as they had minutes until the big game.
Third period would be where the Oswego team made it known they would not be giving up their first seed spot and second ranked national spot. Just one minute into the third period Shawn Hulshof would score his second goal of the game followed by a goal but Alex Botten, Mitchell Herlihey and Chris Waterstreet. Oswego was up to 6–1 with 16:17 on the clock until Buffalo takes advantage of a power play and advances a goal scored by Jonathan Colley.
This game would consist of 13 personal penalties and 4 just being from the last minute and a half of the game. Fight broke out amongst players as the stakes were high to the game, Buff State was about to have a tough loss. Two players from each team took penalty for roughing. (Marcus Michaliski and Jonathan Colley of Buffalo. Jody Sullivan and David Ferreira of Oswego)
Second period a moment for not only Oswego Coach was frustrating but also the fans. Buffalo State would take the opportunity to make their first goal of the game. With 16 minutes remaining in the game Oswego’s goal men Matt Zawadski lost his stick during a play giving Buffalo the upper hand while Zawadski’s team mate gave him his own stick in hopes of keeping the opposing team of making the goal. Buff state’s Zach Nieminen would attempt a shot and make a goal but Oswego fans were not booing or disappointed in their goalie, rather they cheered because they had just seen some amazing team work.
Oswego would push their record to 21–4–1 keeping them on top seed and Buffalo would fall from fourth seed with a record now of 18–8–1, kicking them from the opportunity to advance further.
Saturday night 2211 fans showed up to support their team to see who would advance to the SUNYAC finals, and Oswego would take it home. Next week they will play their rivals Plattsburg in hopes of becoming SUNYAC Champions.