Sunday, January 3, 2010

Third Times the Charm... Oswego and Elmira for the Pathfinder Title

The number one ranked team according to the USCHO Oswego State Lakers will take on the number six ranked Elmira College Soaring Eagles tonight at the Campus Center Ice Arena in Oswego, NY for the right to be called Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic Champions. The last time these teams met for the Pathfinder title was back during the 2006-2007 season as Oswego came out victorious by the score of 4-1. Scoring the goals for the Lakers on that night were team Captain Ryan Woodward, Ryan Ellis, Matt Whitehead and current Assistant Captain Neil Musslewhite.

The history of the Pathfinder Bank Classic is short but this tournament has turned out two of the last three National Champions as Oswego (2007) and St. Norbert (2008) won the Classic title on their way to win National Championships. Last year, Oswego did infact win their second Pathfinder title last season with a 5-2 victory over Augsburg. Garren Reisweber was named Pathfinder Classic MVP for his performance over the two games played.

Tonight's matchup against Elmira is the third time these two programs have met this season. In the season opener back on October 23rd, Oswego beat up the Soaring Eagles 7-2. But Elmira would get the last laugh and give Oswego their only loss on the season to this point by defeating the Lakers 2-1 the following night in Elmira.

The consolation game in this year's edition of the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic features the Connecticut College Camels and the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders. Action starts at the Campus Center at 4:00 pm and the action will be heard on WNYO-FM 88.9 with Tyler Atkinson and Joe Crahan with the call. Then at 7:00 pm, its the game that "is for all the marbles" as Oswego takes on Elmira. Rob Lippolis and Matt Solomon will have the action on WNYO.