Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Oswego comes to town on Friday night and the Palladium-Times of Oswego discusses the match-up...

Don’t mess with success.

That’s the plan for the Oswego State men’s hockey team this weekend. The top-ranked Lakers (14-0-0 SUNY Athletic Conference, 22-1-0 overall) aren’t going to change what they do just because they’ve already clinched the conference regular-season title.

“We don’t want to change our approach now. We don’t want to let bad habits slip in,” Oswego State coach Ed Gosek said. “We want to keep our focus and keep positive.”

The Lakers will close out their regular season this weekend with 7 p.m. games Friday at Brockport and Saturday at Geneseo.

Gosek said he was pleased with his team’s effort in its 21st consecutive win, a 5-3 decision at Morrisville on Saturday. But he said he won’t alter his lineup or make any dramatic changes for this weekend’s games.

“We want to continue to improve, and we’ve got two games to do it,” Gosek said. “We need to continue to work on our special teams and our defensive zone coverage.”

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s games.

Oswego State at Brockport

Friday, 7 p.m.

Brockport (6-7-1 SUNYAC, 12-10-1 overall) is in line to get the fourth seed for the SUNYAC playoffs, and could wind up as the Lakers’ semifinal opponent on Feb. 27 at Campus Center Ice Arena.

The Lakers routed the Golden Eagles 10-1 earlier this season in Oswego. Gosek said he expects a much tougher game in Brockport.

“They’ve got (Todd) Sheridan, a senior goalie who can steal a game,” Gosek said. “This time of year, everyone’s gearing up for the playoffs. Brockport wants to keep its momentum going.”

The Eagles tied Fredonia 3-3 and lost to Geneseo 2-1 in their latest games. Sophomore James Cody leads Brockport in scoring with 11 goals and 13 assists. He is followed by junior Ray Tremblay (6-18) and sophomore Ian Finnerty (7-13).

Senior captain Tyler Lyon and senior goalie Kyle Gunn-Taylor (15-0-0, 1.68 goals-against average) anchor a Laker defense that has allowed just 40 goals this season.