By Nicholas Casella, intern
Sophomore Forward Josh Scova nailed home two goals while senior goaltender Matt Howard secured the net in OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2-0 victory over the Baldwinsville Bees. Scova grabbed a goal in each of the first two periods. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all the Bucs needed to hold onto a victory as Howard snagged 32 saves on senior night at Crisafulli Rink Thursday. The win helped Oswego improve to 9-8-2 on the season, and Baldwinsville fell to 13-6-1.
The 11 seniors included Matt Howard, Dustin Kavanaugh, Matt Donovan, Mike Brown, Jared Cooper, Rick Uribe, Sam Czarnecki, Greg Unger, Ryan Ramsey, David Morgia, and Jon Carson.
After some back and forth action the real first test of the game came from BaldwinsvilleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tyler Rouse on a breakaway but the Oswego goalie stopped the attempt.
The first goal of the game came on an Oswego power play at the 2:58 mark when Scova reeled in a rebound and flicked the puck past Baldwinsville goalie Mark Miller.
Baldwinsville started the second period in control, outshooting Oswego 8 -2 in the first three minutes but the Bees were still unable to score. At the nine minute mark Baldwinsville wasted another fast break opportunity, again at the hands of Howard.
With just over five minutes left in the period Scova rifled a shot over MillerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left shoulder for his second goal of the game. Miller was able to get a glove on it but the puck still found the net, giving Oswego a 2-0 advantage.
With 1:20 left in the period Baldwinsville got their best look of the game when Parker Ferrigan slapped a shot towards an open spot on the right side of the Oswego net but Howard made a terrific glove save.
Oswego found itself in control at the beginning of the third period with a power play goal opportunity. But Miller prevented further damage as he piled up 22 saves in the game after a couple of miscues. With 1:40 left in the game the Bees pulled Miller in favor of another skater. Oswego would pick up two penalties soon after, giving Baldwinsville plenty of opportunities with the six to three skater advantage. But the pesky Oswego defense and the play of Howard stopped any last second attempts to damage their shutout.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We play the same team next week,Ã¢â‚¬Â said coach Lou Usherwood. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We looked at this as a brand new season. To win this one didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean nearly as much as itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to mean to win next week, so all our focus is on next Friday night. This win, as nice as it was, just shows our guys that we can beat that team, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have them again next Friday.Ã¢â‚¬Â