Saturday, January 2, 2010

Oswego and Elmira will meet again for Pathfinder Title

The Oswego State Lakers and Elmira Soaring Eagles will meet for the third time this season and second time in the championship game for the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
In the first game on the afternoon, Elmira defeated the Milwaukee School of Engineering 4-2.  Colin Hoey got the scoring going at 6:39 in the opening period with the assist to Larry Willard. The goal was Hoey's first goal on the season. MSOE would get even 16 seconds later when Jacob Furey beat Casey Tuttle for his second on the season with Ben Plocar getting the assist. Elmira would regain the lead when Andrew Wilcox scored his fourth of the season with Kevin Willer getting the lone helper with 34 seconds remaining in the first period. Then the Soaring Eagles would score the eventual game winner when  Darcy Vaillancourt scored his seventh of the year with Greg Moore and Rusty Masters getting the assists. Then Elmira would bump the lead to 4-1 when Kevin Willer would score a short-handed goal at 19:58 with Brock Sawyer getting the assist. Willer scored his fourth of the season. Todd Krupa would score just over three minutes into the third period to make the game 4-2 but that would be as close as MSOE would get to Elmira as the Soaring Eagles picked up the win by the same score of 4-2. Elmira net minder Casey Tuttle stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced while his counterpart Conner Toomey stopped 27 out of 31 shots he faced.

In the nightcap, the number one ranked team in the nation Oswego State Lakers took care of business as they defeated the Connecticut College Camels 4-1 at the Campus Center. The Lakers would give up the first goal of the game in the second period as Joe Capuano beat Paul Beckwith. But that would be the last time the puck passed Beckwith. Justin Fox would tie the game for the Lakers on the powerplay with Chris Laganiere and Jon Whitelaw getting the helpers. Then Oswego would gain the lead as Andrew Mather was "Johnny on the Spot" as he put the puck in the back of the net for a 2-1 lead in favor of the home squad. Then the Lakers would bump the lead to 3-1 in the third as Chris Ayotte scored with Kevin Hulnick and Owen Kelly getting the helpers. Then Tyler Leimbrock would put the icing on the cake as Justin Fox and Tyler Lyon grabbed the assists as the Lakers made it 4-1. Paul Beckwith made 19 saves as the Lakers put 32 shots on net.

WNYO-FM 88.9 will have the action for you tomorrow night as the Lakers and Elmira meet up in the Championship Game for the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic. MSOE and Conn College will play in the consolation game at 4:00 pm as the Lakers and Soaring Eagles meet up at 7:00 pm. The last time Oswego defeated Elmira in the Classic was during the 2006-2007 season as Oswego beat Elmira 4-1. WNYO's coverage will start at 3:55 pm tomorrow afternnon as Steve Petty Sports just found out that they will have the Conn College/MSOE matchup on the air with Tyler Atkinson and Joe Crahan with the action and then it will be Rob Lippolis and Matt Solomon with the contest between Oswego and Elmira.