OSWEGO, NY – The Lady Bucs swept a three-game North County hockey series while the bowling team split with Syracuse and the boys’ hockey team lost a battle amongst division leaders.
Hat Trick of Wins
The Oswego girls’ varsity hockey team went on a three-day odyssey through the Adirondacks last weekend, playing Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Beekmantown in three consecutive days.
The Lady Bucs were victorious in all three contests, raising their overall record to 4-2-1 going into Thursday’s home game against league rival Ithaca.
In Friday’s game at Saranac Lake it was an 8-1 victory.
The Bucs got off to a good start in the first period behind goals from Hannah Croteau at 8:16 and Sarah Cherchio at 13:51. Both were rebounds scored from right in front of the goal; Croteau’s goal was assisted by linemates Ali Rodgers and Whitney Daino and Cherchio’s came off a shot by Sage Dudley and also assisted by Taite Phillips.
The second period saw Oswego’s offense explode, as Croteau scored three more goals and Rodgers scored once. In the third period, Rodgers scored two more goals.
Picking up assists in the final two periods were Daino (3), Katlyn Cannata (2), Lane Perl (1), Rodgers (1), and Hannah Koster (1).
Maddie Whalen recorded six saves in the first two periods, allowing one goal, while freshman Kelsey Wilder made her varsity debut in the third stanza, making five saves and allowing no goals.
On Saturday the Bucs took on the Lake Placid High School Bombers in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena and won 3-1.
Once again, Croteau put Oswego on the scoreboard first, scoring from in front of the net at the 2:24 mark of the first period, assisted by Daino and Rodgers.
In the second period, Perl scored a power play goal from Croteau and Rodgers late in the stanza to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead.
Lake Placid scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to make things interesting, but Rodgers answered right back just 10 seconds later on a full-ice rush, assisted by Croteau and Daino.
The 3-1 score held up, as Whalen went the distance, making 24 saves in the winning effort.
Sunday was a very special day as the Bucs faced Beekmantown, defending state champs, a team they had never beaten before and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory.
True to form, Croteau gave Oswego its first lead of the game just 40 seconds in as she scored on a long slap shot from the blue line, assisted by Cannata.
The Bucs then fell prey to a deluge of offense supplied by the Beekmantown squad, but Whalen and her defenders withstood the onslaught until the 4:09 mark, when the Lady Eagles tied the score; the game was knotted 1-1 at the end of the first period.
Croteau came out and worked her magic once again early in the second, when she scored off a Daino rebound and another Cannata assist only 24 seconds into the frame.
However, Beekmantown continued its assault, and scored again to tie the game at 2-2 with 6:51 remaining in the second period.
The score was 2-2 at the end of two, and neither team was able to get the go-ahead goal in the third period either.
Beekmantown had the better opportunities, as Oswego was assessed with two minor penalties in the third, but Whalen and her penalty-killing unit prevailed.
With the score tied at the end of three periods, the teams continued to battle into overtime.
Exhausted but not beaten, Oswego got its game-winning goal with 3:05 remaining as Croteau threw the puck out for Rodgers to chase down. Rodgers not only had to catch the puck but also outskate the last Beekmantown defender, who battled her for possession. Rodgers won the battle and shot the puck past Lady Eagles’ goalie Taylor Laurin to give the Lady Bucs their third win in three days.
Whalen had a huge hand in the win, registering 42 saves to keep her team in the game.
Oswego returns home this Thursday to host league-rival Ithaca at the Crisafulli Rink at Fort Ontario.
Face-off time against the Little Red is 7 p.m.
Bowlers In Action
The Oswego High boys’ bowling team swept Syracuse 3-0 with wins of 1,079-871, 1,055-877 and 1,032-818.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “We were able to come back strong and take all three games. The highlight of the match included a clean three-game series by senior Joey Clavelli and an impressive 705 series from Matt Clemons. The boys found their momentum again and hope to carry it through our next match against Baldwinsville.”
Clemons started was extremely consistent enroute to his 705 with 237-238-230. Clavelli finished with a 663 (233-224-206) while Mike Woolworth had a 632 (190-226-216), Kevin Goodale 593 (227-196-170) and Zach Delbrocco a 573 (192-171-210).
Oswego moved to 5-4 overall on the year.
Coach Kristen Hoefer said, “The girls suffered through a tough loss against Syracuse, but were able to get one point in the second game. Eighth grader Kaitlyn Grant started strong with a 207 and had an impressive 501 series. Other highlights included Allie Hare with a 146 and Caitlyn McRae with a 143.”
Grant topped the team with the 501 with games of 207-143-151. Hare had a 409 (146-144-119), McRae a 383 (105-135-143), Victoria Gardner 358 (113-139-106) while Brianna Batchelor rolled in two games for a 117 and 102 and Paige Hammond had a 118 in her lone scoring game.
Boys’ Hockey Falls
The Bucs warmed up for upcoming league games with a cross division game with Auburn at Casey Park on Monday night.
The Maroons lead their division while the Bucs are atop theirs in Division II.
It was a night for the home team as Auburn broke open a tight game to run away behind three third period goals en route to a 6-1 victory.
Oswego trailed 2-1 in the first period as Mitch Schrader scored the lone Buc goal.
In the end, Auburn added one in the second, but the three in the third iced the victory.
Oswego keeper Sam Lafond had 27 saves for the 3-2 Bucs.
League contests this week will see the Bucs at New Hartford on Wednesday and home to face Cazenovia on Friday at 7 p.m. at Crisafulli Rink.