By Nicholas Casella, intern
BaldwinsvilleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three goals were too much for OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s late surge as the Bees held off the Bucs 3-2. The Bees pounded a goal in each period in front of their home crowd Friday night at the Lysander Arena.
The Bees had the first real chance at goal when Brad Burlingame rifled a slap shot towards OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s goaltender Matt Howard, but Howard made a spectacular glove save, one of 24.
Late in the first period Baldwinsville found itself in a power play situation and seized the opportunity to put away the first goal of the game. Defenseman Brett Earle slapped a wrist shot past Howard’s left shoulder on a feed from teammate Connor Bertrand, one of his two on the night.
Baldwinsville 1-0 lead lasted late into the second period after both teams traded unsuccessful powerplays. But Oswego responded with a goal of its own. Fred Donabella corralled a loose puck and pushed it past Baldwinsville goaltender Mark Miller as Donabella lost his footing and slid to the ice.
But the tie lasted less than a minute. There was a scrum in front of the Oswego net and the Bees’ Sam Lane managed to put the puck past Howard, giving Baldwinsville the 2-1 advantage.
Oswego dominated the period in shots-on-goal 14-7, but still came out trailing the Bees.
The third period started with Oswego applying pressure. But after eight minutes of play Connor Bertrand possessed the puck behind the Oswego goal and centered it to sophomore forward Mike McElwain for a one-timer and Baldwinsville found itself with a two goal lead, 3-1.
Oswego was determined to make a game of it yet. With 1:30 left in the final stanza the Bucs’ Rick Uribe saw a missed shot rebound right to him. He promptly beat Miller to his left and brought Oswego back within one.
After the goal Oswego pulled Howard in favor of an extra skater. They possessed the puck for much of the final minute but could not get past Miller as he compiled 35 saves on the night.
Baldwinsville will move on to play top-seeded West Genesee next Friday in the Skaneateles Community Center at 7 oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock for the Sectional final title.