Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oswego Sweeps Whiteout Weekend- Sets Sights on SUNYAC Title

The number one ranked team in the Country, the Oswego State Lakers are getting ready for their State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Semi-Final match-up against the Fredonia Blue Devils on Saturday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Fredonia defeated Geneseo 4-1 on Wednesday night in the SUNYAC Play-In Game for a rematch of last seasons SUNYAC Semis. The other SUNYAC Semifinal will feature the Buffalo State Bengals and the Plattsburgh Cardinals at the Staford Ice Arena. 

The Oswego State Lakers swept both the #4 ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals and the Potsdam Bears this past weekend on the shores of Lake Ontario. With the win over Plattsburgh, the Lakers clinched the regular season SUNYAC title.
Photo Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information
Friday night, the Lakers did something that they last did back in 1998, shut out Plattsburgh at home. Friday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals was a first in over 13 seasons. Lakers goals were scored by Jesse McConney, Jon Whitelaw and Chris Ayotte. Special teams were also a big component of the Laker win, as the power-play unit went 1-for-4, while fending off seven Cardinal power plays. Andrew Hare stopped all 27 Plattsburgh shots to get the shut out and as already mentioned, a first since 1998 back at Romney Fieldhouse.

Hank Van Boxmmer, Andrew Mather, Paul Beckwith, Jared Anderson and Ian Boots (Jared Crast Photo)
On Saturday night, the Lakers once again blanked the Potsdam Bears by the score of 3-0. The top team in the Country and also the NCAA East Region celebrated the success of the class of 2012. Hank Van Boxmeer, Jared Anderson, Ian Boots, Andrew Mather and Paul Beckwith was honored after the game for their years of service and dedication to the Oswego State program. The green and gold had to wait till the second period to get on the board with the goal by Tyler Leimbrock. Leimbrock's tally was his 12th of the season near the halfway mark of the second period. Jon Whitelaw bumped the lead to 2-0 as he continued his point streak and Matt Singleton added the empty netter to seal the deal. Andrew Hare only had to make 19 saves for the Lakers.

With his performance over the last two games, Hare was named Male Athlete of the Week from the Oswego State Athletic Department.

Photo Courtesy of Oswego State Sports Information
The State University of New York Athletic Conference released its 2011-12 Men's Ice Hockey All-Conference teams as voted on by the league's coaches on Tuesday and five Oswego State players landed on the squads. Jon Whitelaw was the lone First Team member for the green and gold. Paul Rodrigues and Zack Josepher were named to the Second Team and Andrew Hare and Taylor Farris were selected to the Third Team.

Potsdam/Oswego video courtesy of WNYO- Mike Keeley 

 Plattsburgh/Oswego video highlights Courtesy of WNYO - Mike Keeley