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Oswego, Utica Set Attendance Mark At Frozen Dome Classic

SYRACUSE, NY – The nationally-ranked Oswego State men’s ice hockey team tied 4-4 in overtime for the second straight day, this time against Utica College in The Toyota Frozen Dome Classic on Saturday afternoon at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.

Oswego and Utica brought 7,047 spectators into the Dome, setting a new NCAA Division III attendance mark for a men’s ice hockey contest.

The previous mark was set in the NCAA Championship semifinal between Elmira College and Plattsburgh in 2008 when 5,600 fans witnessed the game at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.

With the tie, the Lakers are now 5-0-2 on the season while the Pioneers move to 1-4-2.

Oswego scored twice in the first period, starting with Mitchell Herlihey’s sixth of the season off a pass from Matt Galati at 2:19.

Exactly 13 minutes later, Chris Raguseo scored his first of the 2014-15 campaign to put the Lakers ahead 2-0.

Teammate Krystian Yorke assisted Raguseo on the tally that came at 15:19.

Utica replied with two of its own in the first ten minutes of the middle period. The Pioneers’ second score came at 9:18 to knot the game at 2-2. Oswego would not let the game stay even for long, notching a point just 1:20 later.

Chris Waterstreet nabbed his first of the year when he poked home a goal sitting just outside the crease after Morgan Bonner found him with a pass.

With Waterstreet’s goal, the Lakers regained the lead at 3-2 and held that advantage into the final intermission.

In the third period, Utica brought the game back to a tie at 3-3 with a goal just 51 seconds into the stanza.

The play of the game came at 2:40 when Oswego scored the go-ahead goal. In a crazy turn of events, Utica shot at Matt Zawadzki who made a save but the puck fell just behind him near the goal line.

Mike Wills made a great play to not only get the puck out of the crease but found teammate Brandon Adams streaking down the boards. Wills sent a hard pass to Adams in stride and the junior took over from there, breaking away and beating the Utica goalie with a backhand flip over the tender’s shoulder.

The 4-3 edge lasted for 10 minutes until an Oswego penalty gave way to a Utica power-play goal at 12:34.

A few minutes later, it seemed as though Herlihey had scored his second of the day and given the lead back to Oswego.

Herlihey’s shot hit the crossbar and deflected down with the goal light flashing for a moment before the referees called it off.

After the replay showed over the Dome’s video boards, a discussion ensued but to no avail as the call was not reversed. The teams then played the final minutes of regulation and the five-minute overtime without a deciding goal.

Zawadzki made 32 saves in just second appearance of the year, making several clutch glove saves throughout the game.

Oswego, the nation’s best offense on the power-play, was unable to get an extra-man opportunity on the afternoon as the Pioneers were never whistled for an infraction.

The Lakers will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday when they host No. 12/13 Geneseo in a rematch of the 2014 SUNYAC Tournament championship game.

Oswego County Workforce New York Partnership Helps Job Seekers

FULTON – Oswego County Workforce New York, Oswego Health, The Manor at Seneca Hill, and the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation (CiTi, formerly Oswego County BOCES) are working together to offer a new opportunity in the healthcare field.

James Kelley of Oswego Health, far right, talks to potential candidates about a new, specialized certified nursing assistant program being offered by the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovations. Also at hand to answer questions were Jason Santiago, left, from The Manor at Seneca Hill; and Elizabeth Hillier, middle, from CiTi. For more information about the program or other job opportunities, call Oswego County Workforce New York at 591-9000.

James Kelley of Oswego Health, far right, talks to potential candidates about a new, specialized certified nursing assistant program being offered by the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovations. Also at hand to answer questions were Jason Santiago, left, from The Manor at Seneca Hill; and Elizabeth Hillier, middle, from CiTi. For more information about the program or other job opportunities, call Oswego County Workforce New York at 591-9000.

Representatives recently met with more than a dozen job seekers to discuss a new specialized training program being offered for certified nursing assistants.

The candidates learned about the role of a CNA and heard first-hand about the organizations hiring from the program.

James Kelley of Oswego Health led the presentation along with Jason Santiago from The Manor at Seneca Hill, Elizabeth Hillier from CiTi, and Chad Whelsky from OCWNY.

“We are looking for solid candidates to begin training today for a fulfilling career in healthcare,” said Kelley. “Through this partnership, we have a new opportunity to reach people and help them get started.”

The CNA program begins on Monday, Dec. 15 and runs through the last week in February 2015.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will take their certification test in March.

After they are certified, candidates will go through the hiring process at Oswego Health, which includes a background and reference check, before being offered a CNA position.

Kelley said, “We all benefit from the success of this program. As an organization, we know we are getting quality, well-trained candidates. They, in turn, will gain from a new career with great benefits and room for advancement.”

Santiago seconded, “We want good people to take care of our residents. To touch the lives of other people every day is an enriching experience in itself, and there is a lot of potential for personal career growth for these candidates as well.”

The CNA program is an accelerated, full-time evening class.

It consists of 125 hours of study, including 93 classroom and lab hours with 32 clinical hours.

“It is our mission to help people in the community by teaching them skills that will help them find a career to provide for their families,” said Hillier. “This is a great entry point for candidates, a chance for them to start at the beginning and develop their skills as they work their way through the healthcare field.”

Ten candidates will be selected to participate in this CNA program; however, there will be other opportunities as well.

Additional candidates will be considered for the next class which begins in March 2015 and continues to the end of May.

A third class runs through the summer session from July to August 2015.

OCWNY, operated by the Oswego County Division of Employment and Training, has an active role in coordinating this venture.

It is modeled on a previous partnership they organized with Morningstar Residential Care Center and CiTi, which successfully trained more than 13 people in the CNA program.

Whelsky said, “Facilitating partnerships fulfills one of our primary objectives. We work with companies, organizations, and job seekers alike to create opportunities for people to acquire or improve their skills set and make them ‘job-ready,’ which provides a quality pool of skilled candidates for area employers.”

Earlier this year, OCWNY partnered with The Fulton Companies and CiTi on a specialized welding program. That collaboration resulted in four new hires for the company and improved the self-sufficiency of the four workers.

The role of OCWNY goes beyond making introductions. They also work with candidates to find scholarships to help cover costs.

“People who are interested in this program should not let money worries keep them from pursuing it. Whether they need help with the class or supplies, we are here to help make sure everyone is successful in this endeavor. It is not a gift, but an investment in someone’s future. We just ask that they make that same investment in themselves,” Kelley said.

The cost of the program is $1,375 per candidate plus a $50 application fee, which will be waived for the winter program only.

Applicants will be required to take the TABE aptitude exam, which is made up of multiple choice questions about reading and math. A high school diploma or GED is not necessary to enroll in the course; however, Oswego Health will require one for employment.

For more information about this program or other job opportunities, contact Oswego County Workforce New York at 591-9000 or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dss/et.html

Oswego State women’s hockey team blanks Bears Again

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego State women’s hockey team shutout the Potsdam Bears for the second straight day in a 3-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Marano Campus Center Arena during the program’s alumni weekend.

With the win, Oswego is now 4-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in ECAC West action.

The first period belonged to the Lakers, despite both teams recording 10 shots-on-goal.

Oswego scratched the scoreboard first when freshman Olivia Ellis set up teammate Rachel Lenard for a screaming one-timer past the goalie 14:14 into the first period for her second goal of the season.

Just minutes after the following faceoff, Lizzy Marks found Brianna Rice whose shot then found the back of the net with 4:04 remaining in the first.

In the second period, the Lakers outshot the Bears, 12-6, but were unable to add to their lead.

Oswego’s Ellis received a pass in front of the net that ricocheted off the forward’s skate and went wide right, nearly sending Potsdam to a 3-0 deficit.

Oswego would eventually get its third goal, however, thanks to Alexa Aramburu’s first score of the season off a power-play opportunity 10:56 into the third period. Teammates Rice and Erika Truschke were credited with the assists on the tally.

Senior goalie Bridget Smith was stellar between the pipes against the Bears, recording 28 saves over three periods of play.

The Hamburg native didn’t allow a single goal for the second time in as many days, earning her ninth career shutout.

The women’s hockey squad will return to the ice to host Hamilton College for a 2 p.m. faceoff on Tuesday.

Oswego Supermodified Car Builder Joe Hawksby Jr. Highlighted in Area Auto Racing News

OSWEGO, NY –  Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified car builder Joe Hawksby Jr. of Minetto was recently featured in the car builder’s edition of New Jersey based racing trade, Area Auto Racing News.

Oswego Speedway's Turning Stone Resort Casino Favorite Driver, Michael Barnes, drove a new Hawk Jr. Fabrication and Design Chassis to two main event wins at Oswego in 2014.

Oswego Speedway’s Turning Stone Resort Casino Favorite Driver, Michael Barnes, drove a new Hawk Jr. Fabrication and Design Chassis to two main event wins at Oswego in 2014.

Hawksby Jr., a former Novelis Supermodified driver and the leading Supermodified manufacturer and fabricator at Oswego since 2005, is the son of longtime Supermodified driver Joe Hawksby Sr.

After climbing out of the racing seat in 2004, Hawk Jr. Fabrication and Design went into full swing, building and maintaining Supermodifieds for several track champions and Budweiser International Classic champions at Oswego.

Hawk Jr. Design Supermodifieds have won all but one Oswego track championship and all but two International Classics since 2005, tabbing Hawksby as one of the most successful Supermodified car builders in Speedway history, recently gaining national attention from Area Auto Racing News.

AARN columnist and Oswego’s Bud Light SBS Classic champion, JJ Andrews, penned the multi-page article in the builder’s edition of Area Auto which featured other heralded car builder’s across several platforms of auto racing.

The car builder’s edition of Area Auto is full of technical tips, new product info, and insights from some of the top minds in the racing world, including Hawksby.

The 2014 season was another bright spot for Hawk Jr. Fabrication and Design, with Hawk Supermodifieds earning 10 of the 13 main events at Oswego this season, including Otto Sitterly’s fourth career Budweiser International Classic triumph.

Competing Supermodified builder Paul Colloca, of Xtreme Chassis, posted three main events wins in 2014 with Kody Graham, Joey Payne as well as Joe Gosek’s No. 00.

Xtreme Chassis also swept the front row for the Budweiser International Classic in 2014 with Payne and Graham, and a new track record of 15.802 seconds set by Payne.

The two contending chassis builders have made for some of the most intense racing action at Oswego in several years, with seven different main event winners at Oswego in 2014.

Several new Hawk Jr. Fabrication and Design chassis are in the works for 2015, including a John Nicotra Racing ride for Ohio based winged Supermodified ace Dave Shullick Jr. as well as a machine for returning Supermodified contender Joe Moriarty of Glendale, Ariz.

While Hawk and Xtreme chassis have been the dominant brand in recent years along, with several new edition Mike Muldoon creations, builders Chris Osetek, Steve Gioia Jr., Steve Buske, Howard Page, and others continue the tradition of homebuilt Supermodified creations, taking on the ‘Steel Palace’ on a week to week basis.

To learn how to subscribe and get your copy of Area Auto Racing News visit online at www.aarn.com

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

Rotarians Hear About Tobacco Issues

Pictured are Joe Wicks and Oswego Rotary Club president-elect Dr. Richard Tesoriero

Pictured are Joe Wicks and Oswego Rotary Club president-elect Dr. Richard Tesoriero, right.

OSWEGO, NY – Joseph Wicks was a recent guest at Oswego Rotary.

He discussed efforts by the Bureau of Tobacco Control to encourage private business owners to draft policy regarding smoking on or near their business.

Wicks, a financial planner, has worked for the New York State Department of Health and most recently for Integrated Community Planning where he covers Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego counties combating health issues such as tobacco cessation.

Hoodies For Help Fundraiser Held At Fitzhugh Park

OSWEGO, NY – The Student Council at Fitzhugh Park Elementary in Oswego recently held a fundraiser.

Fitzhugh Park students are shown with their favorite hooded sweatshirt. In front row from left are: Kelli Rowley, Christian Mabb, Connor Mulcahey and Lorin Bailey. In back row from left are: Ed Fayette (student council adviser), Nathan Smith, Tommy Lee, Ian Rogers and Emily Young.

Fitzhugh Park students are shown with their favorite hooded sweatshirt. In front row from left are: Kelli Rowley, Christian Mabb, Connor Mulcahey and Lorin Bailey. In back row from left are: Ed Fayette (student council adviser), Nathan Smith, Tommy Lee, Ian Rogers and Emily Young.

The event named, “Hoodies For Help,” asked the students in the school to wear their favorite hooded sweatshirt for the day and make a donation to the Oswego County Humane Society.

The donations will help the OCHS “end homelessness one dog at a time.”

For more information on how you can help or donate, contact the OCHS at www.oswegohumane.org or call 315-207-1070.

Lakers Settle For Tie On Ice

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team played to a 4-4 overtime tie with visiting Brockport on Friday night at the Marano Campus Center Arena.

With the tie, the nationally-ranked Lakers move to 5-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in SUNYAC action while the Golden Eagles go to 2-4-1, 1-2-1.

Oswego faced its first deficit since the opening game of the 2014-15 campaign at Buffalo State when Brockport notched a goal 6:14 into the first period. The Lakers would fight back and hold three other leads during the game but could not secure the win.

After going to the locker room trailing 1-0, Oswego came out firing in the second period. Its first goal came just 1:29 into the stanza when Mike Wills blasted a shot from just within the blue line to beat the Golden Eagles’ goalie for a score. Wills was assisted by Matt Galati and Chris Raguseo.

The team added another just 32 seconds later when Mitchell Herlihey sprinted out for his fifth goal of the season, giving Oswego a 2-1 edge.

Just over nine minutes later, Brockport evened the game at 2-2 with a power-play tally. Oswego regained the lead in the next two minutes when Andrew Barton sent a beautiful pass across the crease for a quick strike by Mike Montagna. Chris Waterstreet was credited with the secondary assist on the power-play score that helped the Lakers go up 3-2.

That 3-2 lead held until the final minutes of the third period when a fury of goals happened in a span of less than 1:30.

At 14:39, James Ryan from Brockport tied the game at 3-3 with an assist from Dylan Shapiro. Oswego responded with a Krystian Yorke goal just 25 seconds later when David Ferreira and Barton found the sophomore for the go-ahead score.

Brockport notched the game’s final goal just 11 seconds after the Yorke tally, forcing a hard-fought final five minutes of regulation.

In the overtime, Oswego controlled the puck and the pace, taking several good opportunities and out-shooting the Golden Eagles 7-2 in the period.

Matt Galati looked to put the game away with the Brockport goalie on his back but the goaltender flung a leg at just the right time to make an improbable save.

Oswego will head to Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome at 3 p.m. on Saturday for a matchup with Utica College in the Frozen Dome Classic.

It will be the first-ever intercollegiate hockey game to take place in the famed arena.

Laker Men’s Basketball Downs Saints

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s basketball team handed the visiting St. Lawrence University Saints a 62-58 loss on Friday evening at Max Ziel Gymnasium.

With the win, Oswego collects its second-straight victory on the season and sits above .500 at 2-1.

To start the contest, both teams battled hard with nine lead changes taking place in the first 11 minutes of play. Sophomore Brian Sortino hit a mid-range jump-shot at the top of the key to spark a 17-5 Laker run over the final 8:11 in the first half. The 6-foot-2 guard led Oswego with eight first-half points.

Fellow guard Kyle Covley added to Oswego’s late first-half run with five points and four rebounds to take the Lakers into the locker room with a 34-24 advantage.

The Lakers started the second half by picking up right where they left off. Sortino anticipated and stole a pass that led to an easy layup to add to his eventual game-high 17 points.

Oswego’s Rashawn Powell capped a 9-0 run in the second half when the 6-foot-4 forward sold the defender with a head fake, leading to an easy basket with 7:22 left to play.

Powell’s basket pushed the Lakers to a 17-point lead, their largest lead of the night. The senior finished the night with 16 points and a eight rebounds.

The Lakers were able to grab a win in large part due to solid free-throw shooting, as the team shot a 77.3% (17-of-22) from the charity stripe.

On the boards, Matt Crockett led all rebounders with a career-high 10 caroms. Powell was next with the eight while Covley nabbed five. Covley also had a team-high three blocks on the night.

Oswego will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to host Clarkson University before a short Thanksgiving break.

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