Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oswego Comes Back and Beats Morrisville; Meet Plattsburgh in SUNYAC Finals

Men's Ice Hockey Overcomes Early Deficit For 8-5 Win Over Morrisville; Faces Plattsburgh In SUNYAC ChampionshipTyler LeimbrockThe No. 2 nationally ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team erased a three-goal deficit to come back for an 8-5 win over Morrisville in the SUNYAC Semifinals on Saturday night at the Campus Center Arena. The Lakers trailed 3-0 in the first ten minutes of the game, but charged back behind a hat trick from freshman Tyler Leimbrock and two goals from senior Neil Musselwhite. Oswego State, which improved to 24-2-0 overall, will face Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC Championship game on Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in Oswego. The Mustangs finished the season at 9-17-0.

Morrisville put up the game’s first goal after a rare Oswego State turnover in the defensive zone resulted in Chris Cerbino (Fr., Highland, N.Y.) flipping a backhand above Laker goaltender Kyle Gunn-Taylor (Sr., West Seneca, N.Y.) at 7:50.  Minutes later, Oswego State caught Morrisville in a line change creating a 4-on-1 rush, but Mustang goalie Caylin Relkoff (Jr., Grand Forks, B.C.) made two saves to keep the Lakers off of the board.  The Mustangs charged the other way, as Gunn-Taylor stopped Dave Shultz’s (Jr., Trucksville, Pa.) shot, but Geoff Matzel (So., Chittenango, N.Y.) was there to cleanup the rebound to put Morrisville ahead 2-0 at 8:47 in the first period.

The Mustangs kept their momentum going after a Laker tripping penalty near the midway point of the frame.  Morrisville’s Andrew Alarie (Sr., Carlisle, Ont.) won the ensuing face-off, feeding the puck back to Bobby Cass, who snuck a shot through traffic and into the back of the net.  The goal resulted in Coach Ed Gosek making a goaltending switch replacing Gunn-Taylor with Paul Beckwith (So., Cleveland, Ohio).

Oswego State got on the scoreboard at 12:53 when Tyler Leimbrock (Fr., Bolton, Ont.) was in position to pound home the rebound after a Neil Musselwhite (Sr., Burlington, Ont.) shot.  Brad Dormiedy (Sr., Ajax, Ont.) also earned an assist on the play.  The Lakers cut the deficit in half minutes later when Dormiedy played the puck from behind the net to Musselwhite, who was sitting in front of the crease, for the tap-in goal to make the score 3-2 at the first intermission.

Morrisville regained its two-goal advantage at 1:02 in the second when Johnathan Cristini (So., Mississauga, Ont.) picked up the puck in neutral territory.  He broke free of the Oswego State defense for an uncontested shot to make the score 4-2 in favor of Morrisville.  The Lakers responded quickly, though, when Tyler Leimbrock netted his second goal of the game at 3:18 when his slap shot from the slot went over Relkoff’s glove into the top left corner of the net.  Leimbrock completed the hat trick at the end of the frame when he deflected in a blast by Kevin Huinink (Jr., Whitby, Ont.) from the left point to send the teams into the locker room knotted at 4-4.
Neil MusselwhiteThe Mustangs started the third period with a skater-advantage, but Neil Musselwhite beat two Morrisville defenders to the puck after causing the turnover for the breakaway.  His shot got past Relkoff giving Oswego State its first lead of the game 27 seconds into the stanza for his sixth short-handed goal of the season. 

Jon Whitelaw (Fr., Huntsville, Ont.) gave the Lakers a 6-4 edge when Relkoff came out of the crease to play the puck.  Whitelaw caused enough of a disruption to get control of the puck for the empty-net goal forcing Morrisville to call timeout with 8:27 left in the game. 

Oswego State later capitalized on its eighth power-play chance of the game when Eric Selleck (So., Spencerville, Ont.) posted his 21st goal of the season after receiving a feed from Justin Fox (Jr., Whitby, Ont.) and Chris Laganiere (Jr., Owego, N.Y.) to go ahead 7-4.  However, Morrisville was not done as Tom Longland (So., Dunnville, Ont.) posted his sixth goal of year with three minutes remaining.  Huinink sealed victory for the Lakers when he scored an empty-net, short-handed goal at 19:00.

Oswego State’s Paul Beckwith earned his eighth win of the season by making 16 saves in the final 50:17 of the game.  Caylin Relkoff stopped 32 of the 39 shots he faced.  Both teams struggled on the power play as the Lakers went 1-for-8 and the Mustangs went 1-for-5 and allowed two short-handed goals.

Tickets for the SUNYAC championship game will be available for SUNY Oswego students and current season ticket holders on Monday, Mar. 1 at the Campus Center Box Office. Season ticket holders and students will receive ticket priority through the end of the day on Tuesday, Mar. 2, while tickets will be made available to the general public on Wednesday, Mar. 3.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $3 for SUNY Oswego students with college ID.  Students that purchase tickets in advance will be entered into a drawing for three pairs of all-session passes at the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championships in Lake Placid on March 19-20.  Students must be present to win and have SUNY Oswego ID to claim the prize. The Campus Center Box Office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and may be reached at (315) 312-3073.

Box Score

Story and Pictures Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information  

Friday, February 26, 2010

SUNYAC Semi-Finals Preview

This weekend two teams will emerge and then play for the SUNYAC Championship next weekend. However, all four teams should not think that far and worry about their upcoming opponents this weekend. To no one's suprise the top two teams in the conference are Oswego and Plattsburgh. However, their two opponents are somewhat of a suprise.

The top seed Oswego State Lakers will host the Morrisville Mustangs on Saturday night at 7:00 pm from the Campus Center Ice Arena. Oswego (23-2-0) was one game away from sweeping the entire SUNYAC Conference this season until dropping a 3-1 decision at the Ira S Wilson Rink in Geneseo against the Ice Knights on the last day of the regular season. Oswego is also coming into this contest being the number 2 ranked team in the nation, according to the latest USCHO D-III Polls.  Morrisville is coming in to ths game with the Lakers with a overall record of 9-16-0 and they are here after defeating the Fredonia Blue Devils 3-2 in Overtime on Tuesday evening during the play in game. Just three days prior to that, Fredonia lit up the Mustangs 7-1.  Oswego swept the regular season against the Mustangs, beating them 8-1 in Oswego back on November 21st and 5-3 on February 13th at the Ice Plex in Morrisville. Oswego is led offensively by their top line of Eric Selleck, Chris Laganiere and Justin Fox. Selleck, hit the 50 point plateau while Laganiere and Fox both have 42 points respectfully. The Lakers are solid in net with both Kyle Gunn-Taylor (16-1-0, 1.78 GAA and .924 save %) and Paul Beckwith (7-1-0, 1.85 GAA, .931%) performing well. Morrisville is led offensively by juniors Rob Sgarbossa, Andrew Alarie and Bobby Cass. Sgarbossa only has 21 points, thats half the points that both Laganiere and Fox has for Oswego. Look for Morrisville to come out all hyped up after beating Fredonia and look for Oswego to put the pressure on Mustang netminder Caylin Relkoff  (9-13-0, 4.05 GAA and .890 save%) early and often and therefore the Lakers will host the SUNYAC Championship game on the shores of Lake Ontario. 

The second ranked Plattsburgh Cardinals are set to host the Brockport Golden Eagles Saturday Night at the Stafford Ice Arena. The Cards, (17-4-4) are looking to find their way back into the SUNYAC Championship and try to defend their title. Plattsburgh is coming into this showdown ranked forth in the nation according to the USCHO D-III Polls. The Brockport Golden Eagles (14-11-1) are coming to Plattsburgh after shutting out the Potsdam Bears 3-0 in their Play in Game on Tuesday night. Plattsburgh, like Oswego swept their opponent during the regular season, defeating the Golden Eagles 4-1 at Stafford and then 7-1 in Brockport. The Cardinals are led offensively by Juniors Dylan Clarke ( 7 G, 17 A for 24 points) and Eric Satim (10 G, 13 A for 23 points).  Brockport is led by Sophomore James Cody (13 G-14 A- 27 P) and Junior Ray Tremblay (6 G- 19 A- 25 P). The battle will be in net as Brockport's Todd Sheridan is coming in with a 11-10-1 record, 3.02 GAA and a .913 save %. Plattsburgh's two  Freshmen netminders, Ryan Williams (10-1-1, 1.89 GAA, .917 save %) and Josh Leis (7-3-3, 1.63 GAA and .933 save %) have performed well for Bob Emery after the early departure of former netminder Bryan Hince. Look for Brockport to come out and skate well with the Cardinals but as the game goes on, Plattsburgh's pressure on Sheridan will take over and look for the Cardinals to play for the SUNYAC Championship next weekend.

Here are the scenarios for the right to play in the SUNYAC Championship
If Oswego wins - they will host the SUNYAC Championships
If Plattsburgh Wins - Either host the Championship game (with Oswego loss) or they will travel to Oswego
If Brockport Wins - Travel to Oswego or host Morrisville for the Championship
If Morrisville Wins - Travel to either Brockport or Plattsburgh

Media Coverage of SUNYAC Semi-Finals 
For those who cannot attend the game in Oswego... Time Warner Cable Sports will broadcast the game live as well as WTOP-10 and locall access channel 96. They are also webstreaming the game live courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information with WTOP personnel providing commentary for WTOP and the webstream. A live radio broadcast will provided by WNYO (88.9 FM) and is available at, as well as live stats, which can be accessed at

As for the Plattsburgh game, long time play by play announcer Ducky Drake will broadcast the match up with Brockport on WIRY radio in Plattsburgh. Live stats is also available by CLICKING HERE. For the Brockport fans, 89.1 The Point will cover the game on the radio dials with Live Stats doing that game as well as Fast providing video.  

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oswego Men Dominate SUNYAC Post-Season Awards

Eric SelleckThe State University of New York Athletic Conference released its 2009-10 Post-Season Men’s Ice Hockey awards on Wednesday and Oswego State garnered the majority of the awards. Sophomore forward Eric Selleck (pictured)  was named the Herb Hammond Most Valuable Player, freshman forward Jon Whitelaw was named Rookie of the Year, and Ed Gosek was selected as the Coach of the Year. Three players received First Team All-Conference recognition including junior forward Chris Laganiere, junior defenseman Stephen Mallaro, and Selleck, while senior forward Neil Musselwhite was named to the Second Team.

In addition, senior defenseman Tyler Lyon and senior goaltender Kyle Gunn-Taylor received honorable mention All-Conference honors.  After finishing the SUNYAC regular season with a record of 15-1-0, the Lakers, who are 23-2-0 overall, earned the top seed in the conference post-season tournament.
Eric Selleck, a native of Spencerville, Ontario, led the league in the majority of offensive categories including points (39), assists (25), goals (14), power play points (14).  He was tied for the league-lead in goals scored at 14.  Last year’s SUNYAC Rookie of the Year was named SUNYAC Player of the Week on November 9 and December 14.  Selleck is the second player in conference history to receive both SUNYAC MVP and Rookie of the Year honors following Oswego State’s Ryan Ellis and is the first to accomplish this in consecutive seasons. 
Chris Laganiere
Stephen MallaroChris Laganiere, an Owego, N.Y. native, led the conference with four game-winning goals and ranked second in the conference at 30 points.  He tied Selleck for a league-best 14 goals and was tied for first in power play goals at six.  Laganiere also ranked second in power play points at 11 and fourth in assists at 16.

Stephen Mallaro (right), a defenseman from Syracuse, N.Y., was fourth among conference defensemen in scoring with 11 points on four goals and seven assists.  He also posted three game-winning goals for Oswego State.

Jon WhitelawNeil MusselwhiteAssistant captain Neil Musselwhite led the conference with four short-handed goals and was tied for third in the league with 11 goals.  The Burlington, Ontario native was selected as the SUNYAC Player of the Week on December 7 and January 11.  He became the ninth player in NCAA history to tally a short-handed natural hat trick on December 4 against Brockport. 

Jon Whitelaw (right), a forward from Hunstville, Ontario, led all league rookies with 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists and was fourth among all players with nine power play points.  Whitelaw was named the SUNYAC Player of the Week on February 1 and was a three-time SUNYAC Rookie of the Week selection.  He is the ninth Laker to be selected as Rookie of the Year and the seventh since the 2000-01 season. 

Kyle Gunn-TaylorTyler Lyon
Captain Tyler Lyon (left), who hails from Foxboro, Ontario, anchored a defense that allowed the fewest goals in the league at 1.75 goals per game, and helped set up the offense for the top-scoring squad in the SUNYAC at 5.44 goals per game.  Lyon, who started all 16 conference games this season, was also a key figure in the Laker penalty kill.

Kyle Gunn-Taylor, an honorable mention selection, registered a conference record of 11-1-0 and posted a 1.69 goals against average, which was second among SUNYAC goalies, and a .927 save percentage.  The West Seneca, N.Y. native was also chosen as the SUNYAC Goaltender of the Week three times during the season.

Head Coach Ed Gosek (left) was chosen as the SUNYAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his seven-year tenure. Gosek led Oswego State to its first No. 1 seed in the SUNYAC Post-Season Tournament since 2003 despite 15 newcomers on the team.  His squad finished the season atop every conference team statistical category including scoring offense (5.44 goals per game), scoring defense (1.75 goals per game), power play efficiency (28.1 percent), and penalty kill (86.8 percent).  Gosek was named Coach of the Year for the 2004-05 season.

The Lakers start post-season play on Saturday when they face Morrisville at 7 p.m. in the semifinal round of the SUNYAC Playoffs.The game will be broadcasted live on Time Warner Cable Sports, WTOP-10, and on the radio on WNYO-FM 88.9.

Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Game That Shocked The Hockey World...Geneseo Beats #1 Oswego

The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team saw its 22-game winning streak come to an end after suffering a 3-1 loss at Geneseo on Saturday night. Luke Moodie gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but the Ice Knights went on to score the next three goals for the victory in the final game of the regular season. Oswego State moved to 23-2-0 overall and 15-1-0 in the SUNYAC, while Geneseo ended the year at 13-10-2 overall and 9-6-1 in the league. The Lakers, who are the top-seed entering the SUNYAC Tournament, will host a semifinal game on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. against the lowest remaining seed from the play-in games on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Oswego State’s Luke Moodie (pictured) (Fr., Burlington, Ont.) broke a scoreless tie in the second period with his 13th goal of the season with assists going to linemates Paul Rodrigues (Fr., Etobicoke, Ont.) and Jon Whitelaw (Fr., Huntsville, Ont.) at 5:26.  Geneseo called its lone timeout minutes later, which proved to be effective, as the Ice Knights evened the score off the stick of Jonathan Redlick.  Geneseo took advantage of a Laker interference penalty late in the frame when Stefan Decosse fed Jake Yard for the eventual game-winner at 17:27.

Oswego State tried to even the contest, but the Ice Knights took a two-score lead when David Arduin scored his 11th goal of the year at 15:09.  The Lakers called timeout following the goal, but were unable to send the game into overtime. 

It was a physical contest as both teams combined to commit 16 penalties for 59 minutes.  Oswego State went 0-for-3 with the skater advantage, while Geneseo went 1-for-6.  Laker goalie Kyle Gunn-Taylor (Sr., West Seneca, N.Y.) suffered his first loss of the season allowing three goals and making 20 saves in the losing effort.  The Ice Knights’ Cory Gershon compiled 33 saves, including 17 in the first period when Oswego State came out of the gates quickly. 

Story Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information 
Box Score

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Senior Weekend Not so Kind for Oswego State Women

The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team trailed top-ranked Plattsburgh by two goals after two periods, but the Cardinals scored five goals in the final 20 minutes to hand the Lakers a 7-1 loss on Friday night at the Campus Center Arena in Oswego. Stephanie Moberg registered a hat trick to lead Plattsburgh, while Kristen Bond and Megan DiJulio added two goals each. The game was also “Pink at the Rink” night for Oswego State, which fell to 7-16-1 on the season and 5-11-1 in the ECAC West standings. The Cardinals improved to 21-1-2 overall and 16-0-1 in the league.
Plattsburgh struck first at 2:50 in the first period while short-handed as Emi Williams (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) stonewalled Brittany Meade on a breakaway.  Williams lost track of the puck, though, as the save pulled her out of the crease where Stephanie Moberg pounced on the rebound for the goal.  The Cardinals took a two-goal lead when Kristen Bond’s slap shot from the right point got past a screened Williams 11 seconds into Plattsburgh’s first power-play opportunity of the game at the 8:31 mark.

However, Oswego State cut the deficit in half minutes later when Jenna Kirkwood (Sr., Chilliwack, B.C.) tallied her 11th goal of the season after receiving a pass from Kelly Collins (So., Fairport, N.Y.) on an odd-skater rush.  Jillian Bergeron (So., Brockville, Ont.) also was credited with an assist on the goal.  The Cardinals had another skater advantage late in the frame resulting in Bond’s second score of the contest to give Plattsburgh a 3-1 lead at the break.

Physical play picked up in the second period as both squads combined to commit seven penalties.  Emi Williams kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard for the majority of the frame with several sprawling saves, but Plattsburgh would not be denied late in the stanza.  With a 5-on-3 skater edge, Moberg tallied her second goal as her shot from the left point went just underneath the crossbar at 18:02 to put the Cardinals ahead 4-1 after two periods.
Angie FriesenAt 8:09 in the third period, Moberg broke free from the Laker defense to pick up the hat trick by putting a shot through Williams’ five-hole to make the score 5-1 in favor of Plattsburgh.  It became a 6-1 contest when Megan DiJulio flipped the puck over Williams’ shoulder after beating an Oswego State defender up the left side of the rink.  DiJulio added another goal with 1:09 left in the game, as the Cardinals skated away with the 7-1 victory.

Emi Williams finished the night with 42 saves on 49 saves for the Lakers, while Mandy Mackrell made 13 saves for Plattsburgh.

The squads square off again on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Oswego as the Lakers celebrate Senior Day.

Box Score

Story and Pictures Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information 

Oswego Keeps Winning Streak Alive With 4-2 Win at Brockport

The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team extended its winning streak to 22 games by defeating Brockport 4-2 on Friday night in Brockport. The Lakers owned a small 2-1 lead entering the third period before goals by Luke Moodie and Brad Dormiedy gave Oswego State a three-goal advantage with under five minutes to play. The Lakers remained undefeated in SUNYAC play with a mark of 15-0-0 and improved to 23-1-0 on the year, while the Golden Eagles fell to 12-11-1 overall and 6-8-1 in the conference.

Sophomore Eric Selleck (pictured)  (Spencerville, Ont.) lit the lamp for the Lakers 1:31 into the game on the first power-play chance of the game after receiving a pass from Jon Whitelaw (Fr., Huntsville, Ont.) and Stephen Mallaro (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.), who each earned assists on the play.  Neither team put points on the scoreboard for the rest of the frame, as Oswego State took a 1-0 lead into the second period..

Brockport evened the game at 1-1 when Sean O’Malley notched a goal at 8:19 in the second frame.  Nearly eight minutes later, Selleck put the Lakers back on top 2-1 with his 20th goal of the season, which was unassisted.  The score remained at 2-1 heading into the second intermission.

Luke Moodie (Fr., Burlington, Ont.) made it a two-goal contest for Oswego State 58 seconds into the third period with his 12th goal of the season, as linemates Paul Rodrigues (Fr., Etobicoke, Ont.) and Whitelaw received assists.  Senior assistant captain Brad Dormiedy (Ajax, Ont.) pushed the score to three goals with 5:49 to play after connecting with Jesse McConney (Fr., Barrie, Ont.) and Tyler Leimbrock (Fr., Bolton, Ont.).

However, the Golden Eagles would not go away as O’Malley posted his second goal of the night on a power play to pull Brockport to within 4-2 with 1:59 remaining on the clock.  Laker goaltender Kyle Gunn-Taylor (Sr., West Seneca, N.Y.) made five of his 22 total saves in the final two minutes to preserve the win for Oswego State.  Brockport goalie Todd Sheridan finished the game with 30 saves, including 14 in the third period, as the Lakers out-shot the Golden Eagles 34-24.

Oswego State closes out the regular season at Geneseo on Saturday night with the first face-off at 7 p.m.

Box Score

Courtesy of SUNY Oswego Sports Information Department  

Friday, February 19, 2010

Oswego Travels to BPort to Take on Golden Eagles

The number one ranked Oswego State Lakers travel down Route 104 tonight as they take on the Brockport Golden Eagles at Tuttle North Athletic Complex on the SUNY Brockport campus.

Oswego (22-1-0, 14-0-0 SUNYAC) take on the host Golden Eagles who currently sits in 5th place in the SUNYAC standings with a record of 6-7-1 in conference and 12-10-1 overall. Brockport is led offensively by Sophomore James Cody (11-13) and Junior Ray Trembley (6-18) with 24 points each. Netminder Todd Sheridan has a .909 Save% with a record of 10-9-1.  Oswego is led offensively by the line of Eric Selleck (18-30) 48 points, Justin Fox (11-30) 41 points as well as Chris Laganiere (16-25) 41 points. Behind the pipes both Kyle Gunn-Taylor and Paul Beckwith have been stellar for the top team in the land. Gunn-Taylor is 15-0-0 on the season with a .928 save percentage and a goals against average (GAA) of 1.68 Beckwith is 7-1-0 with a .931 save percentage and a GAA of 1.85

A night that Brockport would like to forget was back on December 4th in Oswego with the Lakers defeating the Golden Eagles 10-1. The Lakers have already clinched the number one seed and the Regular Season SUNYAC title with a 5-3 victory last Satruday at the Ice Plex in Morrisville against the Mustangs. Faceoff is set for 7:00 pm tonight and it can be heard live on 88.9 FM WNYO

Thursday, February 18, 2010

ESPN's Gameday is Coming to the Loud House

Nearly 5,000 tickets have been distributed for the live telecast of the ESPN College GameDay show on Saturday, February 27 in the Carrier Dome. All Syracuse University basketball fans are invited to join ESPN’s Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight for the hour-long morning program that kicks off the coverage of college basketball at 11:00 a.m. and sets the stage for the sold-out game against Villanova scheduled to tip off at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night. The last time the Gameday crew was in Syracuse was back in 2006.

During the GameDay telecast, one luck fan will have the opportunity to make a halfcourt shot to win $17,500 from State Farm. All fans will have the opportunity to win prizes, including t-shirts, rollabannas, net hats and gift cards throughout the broadcast.

Free tickets for SU students are available from Syracuse University on a first-come, first-served basis at the Schine Student Center Box Office or the Carrier Dome Box office. Students with a ticket should enter the Dome through Gate E (with a valid SU ID) beginning at 8:00 a.m. on February 27.

A limited number of free general admission tickets for the public from Syracuse University are available at the Carrier Dome Box Office. Each individual can pick up a maximum of four tickets. Fans with general admission tickets should enter the Dome through Gates A, B, C, J, K, L and M beginning at 9:30 a.m. on February 27.Free parking will be available in the stadium west lots on Raynor, Stadium and Henry Streets.
Tickets for the SU game against Villanova will not be accepted for entry to the Dome for the ESPN GameDay show, and GameDay tickets are only valid for the GameDay show at 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Busy Weekend for Steve Petty Sports

This upcoming weekend is a busy one for this blogger as I am covering four sporting events in the span of three days. The weekend starts with one basketball game on Thrusday night as the Genesee Community College Cougars takes on the Medaille College JV team at 7:00 pm from the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium on the GCC Batavia Campus. The Cougars (15-9) take on a strong team in the Medaille Mavericks.

Moving on to Friday night as the number one ranked team according to the latest USCHO D-III Polls, the Oswego State Lakers make a visit to the Tuttle North Athletic Center in Brockport to take on SUNYAC-foe Brockport Golden Eagles. Oswego (22-1-0, 14-0-0 SUNYAC) take on the host Golden Eagles who currently sits in 5th place in the SUNYAC standings with a record of 6-7-1 in conference and 12-10-1 overall. Brockport is led offensively by Sophomore James Cody (11-13) and Junior Ray Trembley (6-18) with 24 points each. Netminder Todd Sheridan has a .909 Save% with a record of 10-9-1. A night that Brockport would like to forget was back on December 4th in Oswego with the Lakers defeating the Golden Eagles 10-1. Faceoff time Friday night is set for 7:00 pm from SUNY Brockport.

Saturday afternoon starts with a rivalry game as the Monroe Community College Tribunes comes to Batavia to take on the Cougars in a doubleheader. The Women will do battle at 1:00 pm while the Men take the floor at 3:00 pm. The Cougar Women's team is coming off of a stong victory at Alfred State their last game and has a record of 14-7 and will be the number two seed for the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) Tournament. The Tribunes always bring a stong game when they take on the Cougars and Monroe took the first meeting up in Henrietta earlier this season by the score of 102-73. The Men however have a little something extra to play for on Saturday when they take on MCC. If the Cougars knock off the Tribunes, the Cougars could take over the number 2 spot in conference and get a first round bye in their conference tournament. If GCC falls, then the Cougars will play a play in game on Tuesday night on their home court. MCC took round one of the rivalry this year with a 99-86 victory in Henrietta.

Saturday night, the Lakers take the short ride down I-390 to the Ira S Wilson Ice Arena in Geneseo to take on the Geneseo Ice Knights. The Ice Knights (11-10-2, 7-6-1) currently sits 4th in the conference standings but with the violations that are against them, Geneseo is unable to participate in the post season. So Geneseo will be playing for pride more than anything as they try to knock off the number one team in the land. Geneseo is lead by senior forward Dan Brown who has 22 points (13-9) and sophomore Stefan Decosse who has 21 points (8-13). In net for the Ice Knights, both Adrian Rebeniuk and Cory Gershon have a .500 winning percentage.  The last time these two teams got together was back on December 5th on the shores of Lake Ontario with the host Lakers taking the 4-2 victory. Faceoff time is at 7:00 pm Saturday night in Geneseo.

Not to be left out, the Oswego State Women's Ice Hockey team has their final two games of the regular season this weekend as they take on the Plattsburgh Cardinals at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Fre iday's faceoff is at 7:00 pm and the finale on Satuday starts at 3:00 pm.

Just a note: Both Oswego State Men's games will be broadcasted live on 88.9 FM WNYO "The Voice of Oswego".  Follow the blog for a complete review of everything that will take place this weekend

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Genesee Tops Jamestown Community College Olean 101-62

The Genesee Community College Cougars Men's Basketball team defeated the Jamestown Community College of Olean Jaguars 101-62 Tuesday night on their home court. With the victory, GCC's record is now 14-8 overall and 12-4 in Divisional play.

The Cougars were led offensively by Leon Nelson (Buffalo, NY) with 23 points and 17 rebounds and Terrell Rankin (Buffalo, NY) with 16 points. Other scorers for Genesee included Dashiem Cherry (Rockville Centre, NY) with 15 points, Kenton Chan-Man (Brooklyn, NY) with 12 points and both Aaron Allen (Claridge, PA) and Quintin Redfern (Cheektowaga, NY) each chiped in 10 points for the home squad.

The Cougars return to action on Thursday when they host the Nationally ranked Erie Community College Kats at 8:00 pm. The Women's team will also play ECC with the doubleheader set to start at 6:00 pm.

Picture Courtesy of GCC Athletics

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

GCC Cougar Lacrosse Season is Right Around the Corner

The Genesee Community College coaching staff recently announced their captains and schedule for the 2010 men’s lacrosse season. Awarded the honor of leading their team, Max Muscato (Williamsville South) returns as a two year captain and is joined by Loyld Chrysler (Niagara Wheatfield), Andy Cowan (Batavia) and J.D. Skura (Clarence).

Max Muscato, a midfielder played in all 14 games last season. He scored 16 goals and 12 assists his freshman year and looks to build on those totals in 2010. Loyld Chrysler led the team in scoring a year ago as a freshman with 39 goals and 21 assists at attack. He returns to help lead the offense that looks to put up more points in 2010. Andy Cowan, a midfielder played in all 14 games last season, and is one of the team’s best all around players. As he looks to improve his offensive numbers, and lead the team in ground balls.
J.D. Skura, a freshman defenseman and 2nd team ALL WNY Section VI high school selection last year, will lead the defense. J.D. will be counted on to match up against the opponent’s top attackman.

Genesee C.C. schedule includes playing every NJCAA Region III team and is highlighted with games against the Region & NJCAA’s best; Onondaga C.C., Herkimer C.C. and Monroe C.C. Genesee will play all their home games on their new state of the art lighted turf field, and are members of the Western NY Athletic Conference and Region III NJCAA.

The Cougars start their 2010 season with a date with Onondaga Community College on March 6th at 1:00 pm and their first home game of the season will be on March 27th when they take on SUNY Delhi at 7:00 pm.  

2010 Cougar Lacrosse Schedule
From Genesee Community College Sports Information Department 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Oswego State Drops 1 Goal Game to Guest Utica College

Utica’s Eliza Kelley scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the second period as the Pioneers handed the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon in Oswego. The Lakers controlled play in the final frame, but were unable to break through for the tying goal. The Pioneers improved to 10-11-2 overall and moved to fourth place in the ECAC West Standings at 6-8-2. Oswego State dropped to 7-12-1 on the season and remained in a tie for fifth place at 5-8-1.

Utica capitalized on an Oswego State turnover near the Pioneer bench where Meagan Sudik picked up the puck. She skated up the right side and got her shot past Laker goalie Emi Williams in the lower right side of the net at 15:54 in the first period.  The score stayed at 1-0 heading into the first intermission. 

Oswego State tied the game early in the second period as Lauren Gilpin took advantage of a scramble in front of the net at the 2:58 mark.  Erica Shapey and Kristin Metzger got the assists on Gilpin's first of the year. However, Utica quickly regained the one-goal advantage less than a minute later when Eliza Kelley deflected MacKenzie Roy’s shot past Williams. 

The Lakers applied heavy pressure to the Pioneer defense and goaltender Jill Doherty in the third period, but Utica withstood the test keeping Oswego State off of the board for the 2-1 win. Emi Williams registered 40 saves in the losing effort for the Lakers, while Jill Doherty tallied 21 saves for the Pioneers.

Oswego State will host non-conference Hamilton on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Arena.  Wednesday’s contest will also be broadcasted live over the Internet at Also, WNYO 88.9 FM will be broadcasting the game starting with Countdown to Faceoff at 6:30 pm followed by the puck drop at 7:00.

Box Score

Provided by Oswego State Sports Information  

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Collins Scores Twice as Oswego beats Utica in Overtime

Oswego State Sophomore Kelly Collins (left)  notched two goals as the Oswego State Lakers defeated the Utica Pioneers 3-2 in OT at the Campus Center Ice Arena Saturday night. With the win, Oswego moves within one point of the Pioneers for 4th in the ECAC-West standings and puts them into a 3-way tie for second with Neumann and Buffalo State. With the victory, Oswego's record moves to 7-11-1 (5-7-1 in conference) while Utica drops to 9-11-2 and 5-8-2 in conference play.

Oswego got on the board first when Jillian Bergeron notched her 6th of the year with Jenna Kirkwood getting the assist at 12:59 of the first period. Bergeron was right on the door step to put the puck past Pioneer netminder Jill Doherty to give the Lakers the 1-0 lead and that was the score when the two teams went to the locker room after the first period.

Utica tied the game when it took advantage of a Laker tripping penalty midway through the second period when Lynny Gonzales’one-timer got past Oswego State goaltender Emi Williams. MacKenzie Roy got the lone assist on Gonzales' 11th on the year.  However, the tie did not last long as the Lakers’ Kelly Collins  ripped a wrist shot that went top shelf at the 12:50 mark to give Oswego a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The third period saw Utica have chance after chance but they were turned away everytime by Oswego State goalie Emi Williams. The Pioneers pulled goalie Jill Doherty for the extra attacker with 1:52 remaining on the clock and the strategy worked as Utica tied the game with 17.3 ticks left on the clock when Williams stopped the original shot from Rebecca Heim but the puck came right onto the stick of Gonzales who would put the puck in the net to force overtime.Jodie Galuzzi and Heim assisted on the tieing goal.

But the Lakers took control of the game in the extra session as they outshot Utica 6-1 in overtime including the game winning goal for Kelly Collins. Team Captain Angie Friesen took the shot from the point while on the powerplay and Collins was right there to bang home the rebound to give the Lakers the win and the important two points.

Emi Williams finished the contest with 26 saves, including 11 in the third period, to improve to 7-8-1.  The Pioneers’ Jill Doherty compiled 27 saves on 30 shots and her record is now 9-9-2. The same two teams will go at it tomorrow afternoon on Super Bowl Sunday at 3:00 pm from the shores of Lake Ontario. The game can be heard on the worldwide web and on the radio courtesy of WNYO-FM 88.9 "The Voice of Oswego".

Box Score
Photos Courtesy of SUNY Oswego Sports Information

Floyd Finally Gets the Call to the Hall

Former Syracuse standout and National Football League great Floyd Little ‘67 is the seventh Orange representative to earn induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Little will be enshrined as part of the Class of 2010 on Saturday, August 7 at Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium.
The six individuals with Syracuse ties who are enshrined include Jim Brown, Jim Ringo, Larry Csonka, John Mackey, Art Monk and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Syracuse is one of just nine schools to have at least six alums in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Little and former NFL cornerback Dick LeBeau were named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee as finalists for election into the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2010.

Little joins John Elway and Gary Zimmerman as the third member of the Denver Broncos elected to the Hall of Fame. The sixth player selected overall in the 1967 draft, Little made an immediate impact on the football field. A multi-dimensional player Little combined his rushing talents with great hands and also served as a return man for the Denver Broncos

A five-time Pro Bowl pick, Little amassed more than 12,000 all-purpose yards during his career that spanned from 1967 to 1975. The first-round draft-selection gained 6,323 yards on 1,641 career carries and scored 43 touchdowns. He added 215 receptions for 2,418 yards and nine touchdowns. Little, who lead the AFL in punt returns as a rookie, totaled 893 yards on 81 career punt returns and returned 104 kickoffs for 2,523 yards in his nine-season career. Little was named All-AFL/NFL twice and All-AFC first- or second-team four straight years In 1971, he became the first player in Broncos history to rush for 1,000 yards when he won the NFL’s rushing crown with 1,133 yards on the ground that season.

A three-time All-American and 1966 ECAC Player of the Year at Syracuse, Little was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and is one of 17 Syracuse representatives to be inducted. Little holds the Syracuse record for career touchdowns (46) and career punts returned for touchdowns (6). He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting both this junior and senior years. Playing from 1964 to 1966, Little amassed 2,704 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground. During his junior season, he became the first Syracuse back to run for more than 1,000 yards, gaining 1,065 on 193 carries for a 5.5 average. That same season he returned a career-high three punts for scores, including a school-record 95-yarder, and became the second Syracuse student-athlete to gain more than 2,000 all-purpose yards.



Just One More... I Promise

Just one more video that was posted via YouTube after the Whiteout game against Plattsburgh.
Here is the schedule for the remaining games for both Oswego and Plattsburgh just to make this worth while...
February 13th - @ Morrisville
February 19th- @ Brockport
February 20th - @ Geneseo
(All three games will be broadcasted live on 88.9 FM WNYO)

Tonight @ Morrsiville
Feb 12 - vs Buffalo State
Feb 13 - vs Fredonia
Feb 19 - vs Potsdam

Finally here is the video...

Oswego and Utica Meet Tonight for ECAC-West Women's Action

Its hockey night on the shores of Lake Ontario as the Oswego State Lakers and the Utica Pioneers square off for a 7:00 pm showdown at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Oswego comes into tonights contest with a record of 6-11-1 and a 4-7-1 mark in ECAC-West play while the Pioneers are 4th in conference with a conference record of 5-7-2 and an overall record of 9-10-2. Oswego is just 2 points behind Neumann and Buffalo State for 5th in conference.

These squads met at the Auditorium in Utica last season with the Pioneers taking both games by the scores of 4-0 and 3-1. Coming into tonight's game Oswego took 3 of a possible 4 points away from Cortland while Utica lost both of its games at RIT.

Key Stats and Players to Watch
Team Offense:
Oswego-2.06 Goals a Game
Utica- 2.14 Goals a Game

Team Defense:
Oswego-3.11 Goals a Game
Utica- 2.81 Goals a Game

Power Play:
Oswego-8 for 94 8.9%
Utica- 13 for 109 11.9%

Penalty Kill:
Oswego-81 of 97 83.5%
Utica- 93 of 111 83.8%

Players to Watch:
Jenna Kirkwood- 9 Goals 3 Assists 12 Points
Kelly Collins- 6 Goals 3 Assists 9 Points
Emily Grippin- 3 Goals 6 Assists 9 Points
Emi Williams- 6-8-1 2.37 GAA .921 SV %

Lynny Gonzales- 10 Goals 11 Assists 21 Points
Darcy Hier- 5 Goals 15 Assists 20 Points
Megan Sudik- 5 Goals 8 Aassists 13 Points
Jill Doherty- 9-8-2 2.59 GAA .925 SV% 

The game can be heard live on 88.9 FM WNYO Oswego, NY "The Voice of Oswego" at 7:00 pm for the puck drop and their pregame show, "Countdown to Faceoff" is on at 6:30 pm.

Stats with thanks to WNYO Sports

SU Student Writes Song about Orange Basketball

Jake Ober, a freshman at Syracuse University, has written a song about his favorite college basketball team.
Ober, 18, is a broadcast journalism major from Las Vegas. He wrote the song about a month ago, he said. He and a friend rap on the song, which was produced by Diverse Studios in Vegas.
"I do music all the time," Ober said. "I've been producing and I've been an artist for 2-3 years now. The way the team was playing inspired me to do a song."
The Orange play at Cincinnati Sunday at 2 p.m.

Story provided by: Donna Ditota - Syracuse Post Standard

Friday, February 5, 2010

Home Sweet Home: Oswego is Perfect on Home Ice

The Oswego State Lakers defeated the Cortland Red Dragons 5-2 tonight at the Campus Center Ice Arena. With the win, it was the 20th straight victory for Oswego State and gives them a perfect record on home ice this season. Also with the win, Oswego is just one point away from clinching the number one seed in SUNYAC and will have home ice advantage throughout the SUNYAC playoffs. Oswego now has a record of 21-1-0 and Cortland falls to 7-15-0.

The Lakers got on the scoreboard first as Paul Rodrigues deflected the Tyler Lyon shot on the powerplay at the 5:24 mark in the first period for a 1-0 lead in favor of the home team. Luke Moodie added an assist on Rodrigues's 5th goal on the season. Then Oswego would bump the lead to 2-0 four minutes later as Chris Laganiere scored on the powerplay with linemates Eric Selleck and Justin Fox getting the helpers. For Laganiere, it was his 15th goal on the season.

Oswego would add to their lead as Selleck would score his 18th on the year from Fox just 3:27 into the middle frame. Then the lead would grow to 4-0 right at the end of the period as Moodie would put the puck in the net with Neil Musselwhite and Lyon getting the assists. Then in the third, Cortland would get a even strength goal from Jake Saville with Joey Christiano and Dave Williams getting the assists a minute into the final frame. Then Luke Moodie would get his second on the night a minute later to give the Lakers their second four-goal lead at 5-1. Then Chris Kaleta would beat Laker netminder Paul Beckwith at 13:09 to cut the lead to three. Beckwith came in after the referees gave starting goaltender Kyle Gunn-Taylor a game misconduct. Kaleta is the brother of Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta.

Oswego out shot Cortland 37-30 in the contest with Gunn-Taylor and Beckwith stopping 28 out of the 30 shots they faced combined. With the win, Gunn-Taylor now has a record of 14-0-0. Cortland goalie Brittan Kuhlman recieved the loss for the Red Dragons as he falls to 2-6-0 on the season.

The top-ranked Lakers travel next Saturday for a Valentine's Weekend date with the Morrisville Mustangs at 7:00 pm on Saturday February 13th. WNYO-FM 88.9 will have all the action for you from the IcePlex. Cortland travels to Morrisville on Friday the 12th for a showdown against the Mustangs.

Box Score Provided by College Hockey Stats 

Senior Night in Oswego as the Lakers take on Cortland

Senior night has arrived at the Campus Center Ice Arena as the top team in the nation takes on the Cortland Red Dragons. Tonight is the last regular season home game for Kyle Gunn-Taylor Brad Dormiedy, Neil Musslewhite, and Tyler Lyon. Lyon Musselwhite and Dorimedy are the last remaining members of the 2007 National Championship team. This game is the 2nd meeting of the season between the Red Dragons and Lakers. The game was on November 13th in Cortland which the Lakers took by a 5-1 score. Goal scorers for Oswego on that night are as follows: Stephen Mallaro (2) Neil Musselwhite, Chris Laganiere and Justin Fox.

Players to watch and key stats.

Team Offense:
Oswego-#1 5.38 Goals per game
Cortland- 3.19 Goals per Game

Team Defense:
Oswego-#3 1.67 Goals per Game
Cortland- 3.95 Goals a game

Power Play:
Oswego- #7 32 of 132 24.2%
Cortland- #30 25 for 119 21.0%

Penalty Kill:
Oswego-#6 107 of 120 89%
Cortland- 102 for 129 79.1%

Players to Watch:
Eric Selleck- 17 Goals 27 Assists 44 Points
Chris Laganiere 14 Goals 29 Assists 39 Points
Justin Fox- 11 Goals 26 Assists 37 Points
Brad Dormiedy, Tyler Lyon, Neil Musselwhite- Final regular season Home Game

Patrick Palmisano- 1 Goals 14 Assists 15 Points
Jarrett Gold- 13 Goals 11 Assists 24 Points
Mike Lysyj- 6 Goals 12 Assists 18 Points
Mike Reilly- 4-4-0 3.39 GAA .898 SV %

Courtesy of WNYO-FM Sports 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Its Signing Day in Syracuse

Syracuse Orange head football coach Doug Marrone added 31 new student-athletes to his 2010 today, the first day of the National Letter of Intent signing period. The class includes representation from 11 states and covers nine positions. New York state leads the geographic representation with nine, followed by five from Florida, four from Pennsylvania, three each from New Jersey and Ohio, two from California and one each from Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia and Texas. On the field, the class will feature six linebackers, five wide receivers, four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, three defensive backs, three tight ends, three running backs, two quarterbacks and one kicker.

"I'm excited about recruiting as far as how we went out and re-established our foundation," Marrone said. "That's going to develop the relationship for years to come. I'm more excited about what our players are doing here to get themselves ready for Spring practice when it comes down to actually taking the field and playing football. I have a better sense of what our players here can do and to watch them and how they interacting with each other, how they're communicating, how they're going after it in the weight room, how they're going after the running and how they're going after academics – I feel like we've made great strides."

The addition of wide receiver Dyshawn Davis completed the class that also includees,  defensive linemen Deon GogginsMicah Robinson and Robert Welsh, defensive backs Keon Lyn and Jeremi Wilkes, and offensive lineman Lou Alexander tight ends Charlie Copa and Beckett Wales, wide receivers Adrian Flemming, Steve Rene and Jeremiah Kobena, linebackers Malcolm CaterLewellyn CokerMyles Davis, and Mario Tull, running backs Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith and Dom Timbers, offensive linemen Sean Hickey and Macky MacPherson, quarterbacks John Kinder and Jonny Miller and kicker Ross Krautman.

Marrone welcomed seven new student-athletes to his program when the University started classes in January. Freshmen Max Beaulieu and Brice Hawkes graduated from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and moved north, while freshman Marquis Spruill joined the team after playing at Fork Union Military Academy in 2009. Juniors Olando Fisher and Michael Hay transferred from Nassau Community College and seniors Jose Cruz and Aaron Weaver enrolled at Syracuse after Hofstra University eliminated its football program.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Grandmaster of Shorties Needs Your Help!!!

Oswego State senior men’s ice hockey player Neil Musselwhite (Burlington, Ont.) has been selected as one of 78 finalists to compete in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Ford Field in Detroit. To help determine the final 32 student-athletes who will participate in the skills challenge, the NCAA has incorporated a fan-voting element. Fan voting begins Monday, Feb. 1, on and will conclude at Noon Eastern time, Monday, Feb. 15. Fans may vote once day at this site by clicking on the “Men’s East” team.
Musselwhite is one of only three Division III men’s hockey players to be named among the finalists, and is the only Division III men’s hockey player from the East.  He ranks second on the squad with 16 goals and leads all NCAA Divisions with five short-handed goals this season.

The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will be held April 9 and will highlight the “Friday Night at the Frozen Four”. The night will also include the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the Hockey Humanitarian Award and the announcement of the American Hockey Coaches Association All-American teams.

Oswego State returns to the ice on Friday night at 7:00 pm when they faceoff against the Cortland Red Dragons on Senior Night. The Lakers will honor the four seniors (Kyle Gunn-Taylor, Brad Dormeidy, Neil Musselwhite and Tyler Lyon) during the evening. Oswego recieved 19 out of 20 first place votes in the latest USCHO D-III Poll after sweeping Potsdam and Plattsburgh last weekend at the Campus Center. Norwich recieved the other first place vote and is second followed by St Norbert, St Scholastica and Plattsburgh, who dropped to 5th after the 3-2 loss at the hands of the Lakers. SUNYAC foe Fredonia recieved 11 votes in the latest polls that were released Monday afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Facebook
Story Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information

Videos from Whiteout Night 2010

Special thanks to the people that posted videos from Whiteout Night 2010 to make it a memorable one as Oswego defeated Plattsburgh 3-2 for the first victory in the Campus Center for the Lakers over the Cardinals

The view from the Student Section