Wednesday, December 1, 2010


This article is in today's Palladium-Times (Oswego)...

Top-ranked Laker icemen to meet Brockport and Geneseo

OSWEGO – Being the top-ranked NCAA Division III hockey team in the nation has its good and bad points, Oswego State coach Ed Gosek said.

“It’s nice to be recognized this time of year, but being No. 1 now doesn’t mean anything,” Gosek said, referring to the latest poll. “It’s good for the school and recruiting, but we want to be No. 1 at the end of the year.”

The bad part about being ranked No. 1 is that it gives the Lakers “a big bull’s eye,” Gosek said.

“It gives teams added incentive to knock us off,” he said.

With that in mind, the Lakers are preparing for a couple of SUNY Athletic Conference road games this weekend.

Oswego State (6-0-0 SUNYAC, 9-0-0 overall) will play Friday at Brockport and Saturday at Geneseo. Here is a closer look at each game.

Oswego State at Brockport

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last-place Brockport (0-6-0 SUNYAC, 0-9-1 overall) has struggled, but figures to be psyched to pull off a huge upset of the top-ranked Lakers.

“They can change their season around by playing very well and getting a win against us,” Gosek said.

A fast start is important for the Lakers to quell any momentum the Eagles might have and take the crowd out of the game.

“The longer you let a team stick around, the more they think they can win,” Gosek said.

The plan for the Lakers is to continue to roll out their four deep forward lines and try to wear down Brockport. The Lakers’ balanced scoring attack is led by senior Justin Fox (6 goals, 8 assists), junior Ian Boots (5-8), sophomore Luke Moodie (5-6), and sophomore Paul Rodrigues (5-4).

Keeping the players’ minds on Brockport could be difficult with a matchup looming on Saturday against second-place Geneseo.

“We have to focus and put our attention on Brockport so we can play a good game and have momentum going into Geneseo,” Gosek said.

The Eagles are led in scoring by juniors James Cody (7-7) and Ian Finnerty (3-5) along with senior Tom Galiani (2-4).