Oswego Buc boys’ hockey drives for playoffs

OSWEGO, NY – Two of the top teams in Division II battled on Friday night in Skaneateles with first place on the line.

Earlier this season the Oswego Buc varsity boys’ hockey team scored a win over the visiting Lakers. The rematch was critical in the final standings.

An Oswego win or even a tie would apparently give the Bucs the tiebreaker.

This high stakes game turned into a scholastic hockey classic with the teams battling through regulation scoreless.

Overtime loomed and after the extra session the scoreboard read “0-0.”

In net for the Bucs goalie Chase Izyk picked up his seventh shutout of the year with 30 stops.

The Bucs moved to 12-3-2 overall while Skaneateles went to 13-1-3.

The battle for playoff spots is quite heated as upcoming opponents have proven tough this year for both league leading teams.

Skaneateles is 10-1-2 in league while the Bucs are 9-1-2.

Oswego has four games remaining in league action with the next game on Tuesday against third place New Hartford (9-3-1), followed by a Friday game at Auburn, Fulton visiting on February 5 and Cazenovia closing out the home season on February 7 at Crisafulli Rink.

Buc Five Loses Close One

The last time the Bucs met Liverpool on the court the Warriors escaped with a narrow victory. Friday night at Powers Gym the Bucs were hoping to even the season series, but lost a hard fought 67-62 verdict.

Brothers Dylan and Ryan Lavner paced the Bucs with 18 points apiece while Dustin Sands tallied 13 in a balanced effort.

Oswego held a four point, 17-13, lead after one quarter, but the Warriors rebounded in the second quarter for 24 points to go on top 37-34 at halftime.

Liverpool gained an edge in the third in outscoring the Bucs 17-12. Oswego then tried to come back but could only make up three points of the deficit.

Josh Gillard finished with seven points and Zach Gillard six points for the 7-5 Bucs.

Lady Bucs Outscored

The Oswego offense was missing in the first 16 minutes of the game against Liverpool on Friday night and the Lady Buc varsity five was unable to overcome the deficit.

Eventually Liverpool walked off the court with a 43-28 win to move to 5-8 on the year and Oswego fell to 7-8.

Liverpool jumped out to a 1-3 first quarter lead and the Bucs were only able to muster one second quarter point. Oswego entered intermission trailing 15-4.

The teams played relatively even in the second half, but Oswego just couldn’t make up the first half deficit.

Marguerite Dillon scored 10 points while Brenna Riley, Erica Atkins and McKenna Brooks have five points each and Nicole McCarthy three points.

Oswego returns to action on Tuesday to host Fayetteville-Manlius.

Lady Bucs JV Five Heartbreaker

In 14 games the Lady Buc jayvee basketball team had lost just once.

On Friday night at Liverpool the Bucs suffered a heartbreaking 35-33 loss to the host team to go to 13-2 on the year.

Oswego moved to an eight point lead after one quarter. However, Coach Jessica Burridge said, “The forwards on the team began getting into foul trouble. With having two starters sitting the majority of the game Liverpool made a run and tied the score going into the half. Oswego struggled to score against Liverpool’s zone defense.”

The Bucs were down one with 18 seconds to go in the game.

Oswego pushed the ball and looked to score right away.

Olivia Dowdle went up strong and got fouled.

She went to the line and put in the first basket. She missed the second and Liverpool got the rebound.

After a timeout, Liverpool had the ball and there was only six seconds on the clock.  Oswego made an unneeded foul with 1.6 seconds on the clock.

Liverpool made both foul shots sealing the win.

Oswego was unable to get a good look with little time.

Coach Burridge said, “Oswego is staying positive and looking forward to their last three games which will be their toughest match up this season.”

Leading scores for the Bucs were Julia Lavery with 10 and Kelly Skinner with 8.