The Oswego State Lakers captured their third Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic Championship by defeating the number six ranked Elmira Soaring Eagles 3-1 tonight at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Oswego State foward Justin Fox (pictued) was named MVP for his 5 point performance over the weekend. In the Consolation game earlier today, Connecticut College defeated the Milwaukee School of Engineering 2-1 in Overtime as JJ McGregor scored both goals for the Camels including the game winner in the extra session.
In the Championship game, it was a goaltenders dual between Kyle Gunn-Taylor of Oswego State and Casey Tuttle of Elmira. Tuttle made an unbelievable save on Tyler Leimbrock late in the third period just to name an instance and also if it wasnt for the play of Tuttle, the game would have been a totally different outcome. Oswego got the scoring going on a shorthanded goal by Neil Musslewhite. For Musslewhite, it was his 10th marker of the season and his 5th shorthanded. The Lakers would bump the lead to 2-0 as Luke Moodie would score a powerplay goal with Justin Fox and team Captain Tyler Lyon getting the assists. When Elmira returned to even strength, Darcy Vaillancourt would score his eighth of the season with Rick Acorn getting the lone helper. Oswego would then regain their two goal lead as Eric Selleck returned to the lineup and scored a "garbage goal" as he was camped right infront of the net for his 14th of the year with Fox and fellow linemate Chris Laganiere getting the assists.
Kyle Gunn-Taylor would stop 18 out of the 19 shots he faced to pick up his 10th win on the season. The last Laker netminder to have the kind of streak that Gunn-Taylor has was Ryan Scott in 2006-2007 as he went 10-0-3 in his first 13 games before a 5-2 loss at Utica. Casey Tuttle made 26 saves on 29 Laker shots. The next contest for Oswego will be on Friday January 8th as they host Adrian for a non-conference game at 7:00 pm from the Campus Center Ice Arena.
2009-2010 Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic All Tournament Team
Connecticut College: JJ McGregor (2 goals including GW in 2-1 OT win vs MSOE in Consolation Game)
Milwaukee School of Engineering: Todd Krupa
Elmira College Soaring Eagles: Darcy Vaillancourt (2 goals including GW in 4-2 win vs MSOE in opening round) and Casey Tuttle (allowed 5 goals in two games)
Oswego State Lakers: Kevin Huinink (Assist in 4-1 win vs Conn College)
Tournament MVP: Justin Fox (Oswego State - 1 G 4 A in two games)