The Oswego State Lakers opened their 2009-2010 season strong by winning five of their first seven games .This is especially gratifying to the coaches as all games were played on the road. One of the teams that Oswego defeated was nationally ranked #20 Duquesne University , Pittsburgh, PA.
Oswego traveled to Olean on Friday to face St. Bonaventure University and came away with an important 5Ã¢â‚¬â€3 win over the Bonnies in NECHL league play. The first goal of the game came at the end of the second period as Tim Rinck scored assisted by Chase Collins. The third period saw the Lakers Chase Collins, Chris Covel, Brad Kervin and Brandon Clark all finding the back of the net. Assists were credited to Mike Steinke, Nick Atkins, Mike Renick, and Matt Saramak. Sophomore goaltender Anthony Sellitti had a total of 33 saves.
Mohawk Valley Community College then hosted Oswego for a non league game which was played at the Aud in Utica. Oswego defeated MVCC 6-2 All of the first year Oswego State players played and goals were credited to Geoff Bagnato (2), Ryan Grant, Mike Steinke, Rob Lippolis and Mike Renick. Assisting were Brad Kervin, Matt Saramak, Chris Covel (2), Sean Akin and Justin Smith. Freshman goaltender Matt McClellan recorded his first win as a Laker stopping 20 shots.
Oswego returns home this weekend for a two game series with NECHL rivals Rutgers University. The two teams will face off on Friday night at 7:00 at the Campus Center Rink and again at 2:00 on Saturday. Admission to all games is free.
Local players on the roster include Assistant Captain Senior Greg Distin (Fulton) and sophomore Greg King (Oswego).
Oswego State is a D1 ACHA team and a member of the NECHL. It is sponsored by the Student Association of Oswego State University. For a complete game schedule, team roster and pictures, visit their website at www.oswego.edu/icehockey.