OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego boys’ hockey team and both bowling squads had impressive wins on Thursday.
Bucs Help Title Hopes
Post season positions are at stake for the Oswego boys’ hockey team and a key contest was held on Thursday night at Crisafulli Rink.
First place New Hartford skated to town to square off with the second place Bucs. When it was over the local team skated away with a 5-2 win.
Coach Andy Rozak said, “We are now two points behind New Hartford for first place, but we have three league games remaining and their regular season is over. “
A wide open first period provided back and forth hockey. Zach Zerrahn scored off a turnover just 2:19 into the game for an unassisted 1-0 Buc lead. However, at the 8:10 mark Grant Romeo scored the equalizer.
Just 48 seconds after the game tying tally Zerrahn scored with a quick shot from the slot for a 2-1 Buc advantage.
That lead was short lived as New Hartford scored behind an Alec Bard shot at 10:16.
It appeared the game would go to the first intermission deadlocked, but with just 50 seconds remaining in the period Sean Mooney scored with Mitch Schrader and Zerrahn assisting.
Oswego entered the second period on a power play and just 31 seconds after the puck was dropped Mooney scored off a scramble for a 4-2 lead as Jacob Oleyourryk and Zerrahn assisting for what proved to be the lone goal of the period.
In the third just 3:15 in Zerrahn completed the hat trick as the Bucs were killing off a penalty.
Goalie Dononvan Roy finished with 15 saves while Spartan keeper Tyler Hansen had 30 saves.
The Bucs league record moved to 7-3 and it would appear that Oswego and Clinton will race down the stretch to determine the division champion as each team has three games remaining.
Coach Rozak noted, “The key tonight was the commitment from everyone to play team defense. The seniors really stepped up and led the way as they set the tone early and the rest of the team followed.”
The bowling teams performed solidly against Liverpool with each sweeping the three points.
Coach Bob Hoefer said, “We were able to take all three points as the boys are continuing to bowl very impressively as a team. Today we bowled a 3,300.”
Oswego won the first game 1,100-881, the second 1,128-903 and the third 1,115-847.
Leading the boys was Joe Clavelli with a 730 series behind games of 236-235-259.
Matt Clemons had yet another 700 series with a 706 (244-237-225). Kevin Goodale rolled a 620 (173-258-189), Zach DelBrocco a 618 (180-211-227) while Mike Woolworth had a two game total of 454 (267-187) and Dylan Kimball had a 215 as he competed in the third game.
The Bucs are now 11-2 overall and are 32-7 in points.
Lady Buc coach Kristen Hoefer was very enthusiastic over the performance.
She said, “The girls were able to take all three points. The girls keep improving their bowling and have been bowling better as a team. The third game today they had a 795 total which is a great improvement from where they started the season.”
Oswego won 695-508, 699-524 and 795-582.
Leading the tam was senior Allison Hare with a 490 ( 127-161-202) and following was Caitlyn McRae with a 460 (146-135-179). Kaitlyn Grant had a 449 (180-135-134). Victoria Gardner had a two game total of 291 (142-149), Brianna Batchelor 258 (127-131) and Alexa Hardesty a 241 (115-126).
Coach Hoefer noted, “The girls still have some work ahead of them over the next three matches to earn a spot at sectionals, but they are going to keep bowling the best they can and giving it their all.”
The girls are now 6-7 on the season and pointwise 18-21
The final home meet is Tuesday and the seniors will be recognized.