It's March, and that means it's time for lots of college basketball coverage. Despite all the interest in basketball, there is also some hockey to be played. The D-III tournament is well underway while there are still a week or so until D-1 gets going with their tournament. Here are a few photos from Oswego's game against Bowdoin College. Click on the photos for a larger image.
As I side note, I do enjoy basketball, especially at the college level. Oswego's Men basketball team managed to get to the NCAA D-III tournament for the very first time in the program's history. They won their first game but where eliminated the next day by Rhode Island College. It's great because there aren't many seniors on the team so we can look forward to another eventful year with the basketball team too.
It's hard to believe, but there are two former Whalers still playing today! The hockey franchise moved and was renamed the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. Today Chris Pronger, a defenseman with the Philadelphia Flyers and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a goalie with the Toronto Mapleleafs, are still active today.
College hockey returns this weekend. Oswego plays an exhibition game this Saturday. Then, the start of the regular season kicks off next Friday against Elmira. As has been the trend the past many seasons, Oswego and ECAC West rival Elmira play a home at home series in Oswego Friday, and in Elmira on Saturday. This should be a fun season as always!
College radio meets professional hockey in Hempsted. Or, at least that's the word. It appears that WRHU, Hofstra University's college radio station, is entering into an agreement with the NY Islanders to broadcast play-by-play of the hockey games. Sports programming regularly occurs on the station with various Hofsta teams (seems obvious.) This would be a step up from the previous placement for Islanders games on mostly music formatted stations for the past two years. The Rangers and Devils have games on ESPN Radio and WFAN respectively, a far cry from this arrangement. Still, this is quite a catch for the college students involved. Not many students get first hand experience for a professional sports team for a whole season.
I'm curious to see how this plays out (no pun intended.) The play-by-play should likely sound like any hockey game on the radio, but what about the advertising that accompanies most sports radio broadcasts? After all, it's a non-commercial station, located in the non-commercial portion of the FM dial. Do they intend to only run the occasional underwriting announcement before the puck drops?
Winter drew to a close this past weekend, as well as the D-III hockey season. It was an exciting year for the Oswego Lakers. Unfortunately, it didn't end with a win in the championship game for Oswego. They came up one goal short in the semi-final game on Friday. St. Norbert scored on Oswego with less than a minute to go in the game, which was tied before the goal.
The semi and final game were both played in Lake Placid. This provided Michele and I an opportunity to take a long weekend up to the Adirondacks to watch some college hockey and enjoy peace and quiet provided in the mountains. We went to the final game, despite Oswego's absence from the marquee. The St. Norbert Knights fell to the Norwich Cadets with 30 seconds to go in the second overtime. Yes, the second OT! Over 90 minutes of hockey in one game! The game began at 5pm, and ended some time after 8! It was a lot of hockey. Needless to say, Michele and I and various friends were tired and hungry after the competition (and all we had to do is watch!)
All in all, a great weekend. Oswego is only loosing 4 seniors this year. There is plenty of hope for successful seasons in the future for the young and talented Lakers.
Goodbye college hockey for another year, and goodbye winter we'll see you again some time soon.
With just a few weeks left of the regular hockey season, Oswego has now picked up all the first place votes in the latest USCHO.com poll. Article: Unanimous Consent: Oswego Again the Top Choice of All D-III Voters :: USCHO.com - U.S. College Hockey Online.