OSWEGO, NY – A thrilling Section III Division II hockey semifinal sent the Oswego High School Buccaneers boys’ hockey team into the championship game.
Before an enthusiastic crowd at Crisafulli Rink on Tuesday, Oswego scored two goals in the final 34 seconds to defeat a determined CBA squad 5-3.
The win creates a match up of the first and second place regular season teams. The Bucs will play Skaneateles on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Utica Auditorium for the Section III crown and the right to advance to the New York State Tournament.
A scramble with 34 seconds to go saw Tyler Grimshaw cash in on a golden opportunity to break a 3-3 deadlock and with just four seconds left Josh Sova skated in all alone and deposited the biscuit in the net for the fifth goal of the game.
After a scoreless first period CBA scored in the second, but seconds later Sova fired a long range wrist shot on net for a 1-1 deadlock. Each team would scored again in the second as Cody Mariano gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead. However, in the waning seconds of the middle period CBA tied it.
Oswego carried the play in the third and got a quick jump on CBA in the first minute. Trent Yule put the shot on net and the loose puck was sent to the back of the net by Mariano for a 3-2 lead. The Brothers got a man behind the defense and tied it up once again.
The battle came down to the final minute as Oswego celebrated the win and heads for the rubber game with the Lakers on Saturday on neutral ice. Earlier this year Oswego defeated Skaneateles on the Laker ice and then the Bucs lost at home in a late season rematch.
Final stats showed Mariano and Sova with two goals and Grimshaw with one while Mariano had three assists, Grimshaw and Sova two each and John Phillips along with Yule an assist.
In the net Chase Izyk had 26 saves for the Bucs and Tim Decker 26 for CBA.