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.
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!
Another hockey season, another white out. SPOILER ALERT: Oswego won. It was very exciting. Here are a few photo's from Saturday's game:
I start with photos of the line to get in. This is to illustrate the intense interest in the game. The game was sold out last Monday, but it was important for standing room only, and student ticket holders to get there early to get a good spot. It's not like this for most games. There was 3,000 people in attendance. Games normally average between 1,800, and 2,200.
It was a good contest between the two arch-rivals. Oswego came out and got their first point 40 seconds into the game! Despite the initial adrenaline rush, it was a close game throughout, and a great time. Plattsburgh had a difficult time trying to tie the game in the moments of the game because they were assessed a "Too Many Men on the Ice" penalty. Ouch! Here's the last few moments of the game:
With that, there are only a handful of games left in the regular season. Plattsburgh is likely a team Oswego will see again in the post season.
Division III sports don't always get a fair shake in so far as buzz. Maybe, that's what makes D-III games a little more special. These are games that fly under the mainstream college sports radar. It's not something you will find on ESPN or Fox Sports. Further to the point, hockey isn't always the banner sport for sports coverage, even in snowy and cold Central New York.
Then again, there is this weekend. Oswego plays host to the Plattsburgh Cardinals. This contest brings together two teams in the top 10 in D-III hockey nationwide, and the top two teams in SUNYAC play. There is also the history. Forget about most of the history where Plattsburgh leads the overall record between the two teams. Lets focus on the record at Oswego's newer arena, the Campus Center. Simply put, Plattsburgh OWNS Oswego. 4 years ago, Oswego moved into the state of the art facility, and there is only one opponent who continuously eludes them in the win column. In the first year Oswego played at the Campus Center, they won the NCAA D-III championship. They won the trophy despite loosing to Plattsburgh in conference play. Oswego proved they could win it all, but still couldn't defeat Plattsburgh.
Will this year be any different? It's anyone's guess. Earlier in the season, Oswego defeated Plattsburgh on their own turf. Meanwhile, Oswego has been tops on the national rankings for weeks. This Saturday, while most of the sports world will be engulfed in day 6 of pre Super Bowl coverage, myself and close to 2,000 other fans will enjoy an exciting college hockey match up.
Update: Games will be available online with streaming audio and streaming video from the campus media stations. Also, the traditional methods of 88.9FM or Cable 96 if you're in the greater Oswego area. I believe the game is sold out.
Wow! What an intense season so far. The Oswego Lakers find themselves 13-1 at the end of the first half of the season and atop the USCHO.com national rankings as of 12/07/09. It has been a surprise. I knew they would be good, but not outstanding. I hope they can keep this up. We have seen some exciting stuff including short handed goals contributing to a natural hat trick. How is this possible?
Number 1 in the country, number 1 in the conference, and chief rival Plattsburgh was in town to play a game against Oswego. Luckily, for both teams this game had absolutely nothing to do with standings both teams were firmly in place as number 1 and number 2 respectively.
More people simultaneously reading the Oswegonian than I've ever seen before