OSWEGO, N.Y. – The No. 4/4 Oswego State men’s ice hockey team (16-3-2 overall, 11-0-1 SUNYAC) will host the No. 7/7 Geneseo Knights (15-4-3 overall, 8-2-3 SUNYAC) at 7 p.m. on Friday night in the Marano Campus Center Arena.
Friday will also be Residence Hall Night, where Resident Hall Advisors are encouraged to bring their residents to the game.
The hometown hero will be Jim Omundsen, who is a coach for Oswego Minor Hockey and an assistant coach for the Oswego Girls’ Ice Hockey team.
Omundsen has spent years dedicating his time to helping Oswego’s young hockey players, frequently giving up his time on weekends and early mornings to work with them.
Boasting ranks at or near the top of the SUNYAC standings in nearly every category, the matchup between Geneseo and Oswego will be the premier matchup of both the SUNYAC and all of Division III this weekend, as it features the two highest-nationally ranked teams in a single matchup.
The Knights lead the conference in scoring offense (4.5 goals per game), and are fourth among all Division III teams as well.
Geneseo also holds a strong backend as its 2.18 goals allowed average are third in the SUNYAC and 16th nationally.
Oswego brings in the top scoring defense in the SUNYAC (1.76 goals allowed per game), which is good for third in the country.
On offense, the Lakers’ 3.86 goals per game is second in the SUNYAC, trailing only Geneseo and is 13th in the nation.
Sophomore goaltender David Richer is coming into Friday’s matchup on a hot streak, as he was recently named SUNYAC Goalie of the Week and is one of the top statistical goaltenders in the country.
He ranks first in Division III in goals against average (1.49) and is third in save percentage (.938).
Richer saved 50 out of 51 shots he faced last weekend against Buffalo State (14) and Fredonia (36).
The 36 saves he made against Fredonia set a career-high as he collected his second career shutout.
On the power play, sophomore Josh Zizek is tied for 12th in the country with six power play goals, while fellow sophomore Mitch Emerson is tied for 28th with five.
The Lakers and Knights have been at a gridlock within the past few seasons, as they each have a win, a loss and three ties in their past five matchups.
In their last five games, both teams have scored 15 goals each.
The last time these two teams met, they played to a 2-2 overtime tie on Dec. 1 in Geneseo.
Zizek and Michael Gillespie each scored, while David Richer made 24 saves.
Senior forward Mitchell Herlihey is just two points shy of 100 in his career, a feat currently reached by 55 Lakers in program history.
To catch the action, tickets are available at the box office, by phone at 315-312- 3073 or online at tickets.oswego.edu.