By Nick Serrata
UTICA, NY – The number 3 ranked Division II Oswego High School boy’s hockey team stepped onto the Utica Memorial Auditorium for the first time since 2001 to take on the number ranked 7 Saranac Lake for the NYSPHSAA Boys Ice Hockey State semi-finals on March 10.
In the opening period less than two minutes of the game, OHS’s Trent Yule scored the first goal. However, Saranac Lake’s Devin Darrah backhanded the puck past Buc’s goaltender Chase Iyzk to tie it up. The Bucs wouldn’t wait as Jeremy Furce send a pass to David Mathes as he tried to get into the net, but Dan Maniccia sent the puck past Red Storm’s goaltender Blake Darrah. This gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead before going into the second period.
The Buccaneers played penalty free in the second period. This was a huge key as OHS’s Josh Sova, who sent the puck past Saranac Lake’s goalie Blake Darrah to take a 3-1 advantage. Sova wasn’t done yet, as he scored three unanswered goals that period. The Red Storm would respond back twice to make it 5-4 before the end of the period.
In the final period, the Bucs played smart hockey, not allowing any goals in the final period. Sova would score his fourth goal which was an empty net which gave the OHS’s 6-4 victory.
Saranac Lake’s Blake Darrah made 20 saves; while, Oswego’s Chase Iyzk came up with 16 saves.
Unfortunately Oswego’s Cinderella story came to a end when they were defeated by Kenmore East 3-6 on March 11.
The Bucs were scoreless in the first period, but Kenmore East opened the period with three unanswered goals. In the second period trailing 5-0, the Bucs’ Josh Sova brought back some life in the team and scored his first goal of the game. Kenmore East showed no mercy as Dan Gilifotre respond back with a goal.
In the final period, Oswego kept Kenmore East goaless.
However, Cody Mariano and Tret Yule’s goal wasn’t enough to bring any miracle hope left to the team.
Oswego’s goaltender Chase Iyzk made 21 saves and Kenmore East goaltender Mike Davern had 22 saves.
The Bucs ended the season 18-5-1 and will be looking forward start another quest for the boys ice hockey state championship in the winter.