Oswego Continues Improbable D2 RunECRHA March 4th, 2017 at 6:53PM March 5th, 2017 12:53AM
Division 2 got increasingly interesting courtesy of our loser’s semi-final matchup between Stony Brook and Oswego. Stony Brook, the number one seed coming into this weekend, was fresh off of a win against Penn State earlier this morning, while Oswego was granted a forfeit victory over Yeshiva. Oswego wanted to show to Stony Brook that they meant business, and they did so, with two goals coming from Joe Cosme in the first period at 2:03 and 10:55, the Lakers made a certain case that they wanted to make the loser’s final. The second period was controlled by Stony Brook in regards to shots and possession, as Michael Kellmayer scored 2:31 into the 2nd off a pass from Thomas Palermo. However, the shots become not as important if they are being stopped, and that they were by Laker’s goaltender Michael Boyd. In contrast, Oswego leading scorer this weekend, jack Tofallos decided to take control of the 2nd period himself, scoring four goals in just the 2nd period. Oswego would hold on, thanks to 31 saves from Boyd, the Lakers were able to upset the number one seed and regular season champion Seawolves and win the game to move on to the loser’s final, and a chance at a Championship match. Final Score: Oswego 6 Stony Brook 3
While Oswego completed the upset, Endicott and Northeastern were both vouching for a reservation with the D2 Championship game on rink 2. Another game in which did not disappoint as things trickle down on Championship Saturday. With things remaining even and very back and forth throughout, Endicott was first to score, as regular season scoring champion Corey Eisenband got on the board at the 4:12 mark of the 1st period. But just like that, 12 seconds later, Nick Melvin was able to tie the game at 1 for Northeastern. The back and forth play continued until Matt Kaski of Endicott was able to give the Gulls the lead with 1:06 left in the first. Back to even play as the 2nd period began, as Northeastern was having difficulty breaking the 1-1-2 defensive setup Endicott was running. However, when they did, the floodgates opened, starting with John Griffin at 8:17 in the 2nd, followed less than a minute later by Peter Nielsen. Northeastern would add three more goals in the third, to close the game and solidify their spot in the D2 Championship. Final Score: Northeastern 6 Endicott 3.
Our D2 loser’s final started with a bang, as Oswego continued with their momentum from their victory over Stony Brook, and Joseph DeMarco capitalized on a pass from Joe Cosme at 1:07 of the first. Endicott continued their counter-attack playstyle and took the opportunities given to them with turnovers, but Oswego would find their second goal at 8:00 of the game as a Holmes shot would go off the Endicott goalie and trickle past the line. The Lakers would lead 2-0 after one. The pressure would continue from Endicott, as they kept firing shots at Oswego goalie Michael Boyd and he kept saving them, that was, until the 2:26 mark of the 2nd period, as Matt Kaski would sneak one past and into the back of the net to bring the Gulls within one. Oswego would retake the lead roughly two minutes later as Troy McArdle would take an off-angle shot off both goal posts and into the net, making it 3-1 Oswego. From here, Endicott continued to pepper the Oswego net, until the third period where Corey Eisenband finally found the netting, making the game 3-2 as time ticked down. Endicott would bombard Oswego for minutes following the goal, with Boyd standing tall in his net, but with 3:48 in the 3rd period, it was none other than Corey Eisenband who fired a wrister past Michael Boyd and into the cage. Endicott continued throwing everything at the net, then with 1:56 left in the third period, Joesph DeMarco found his second of the game, putting the Lakers up 4-3 in this thrilling contest. With 16.7 seconds left in the game, Eisenband gets hauled down while driving the net, drawing an Oswego penalty. However, it was just not enough time for Endicott to capitalize, as Oswego continues the cinderella story, and they will face Northeastern in the D2 Championship game. Final Score: Oswego 4 Endicott 3.