Former Oswego State men's ice hockey goalkeeper Ryan Scott '08 is looking to beat the odds for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to break into the professional ranks.
Scott, one of the all-time winningest goalkeepers in Oswego State's history, was one of 57 players invited to take part in preseason training camp for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.
Scott, one of six goaltenders on the roster, is also one of six players who played college hockey last season. He is the only invitee from a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III school.
Through two exhibition games and one week of camp, Scott had survived the first round of cuts as the Sabres returned eight players to their respective Canadian junior hockey clubs. While his chances of making the final roster may be slim, Scott is hoping to at least break into the roster of Buffalo's top minor league affiliate, the Portland, Maine Pirates of the American Hockey League.
Scott was instrumental in the Lakers improbable run to the NCAA Division III Championship during the 2006-07 season. He was named the "Most Outstanding Performer" of the Division III "Frozen Four" in Superior, Wisc., combining to make 83 saves in identical 4-3 overtime triumphs over St. Norbert College in the semifinals and Middlebury College in the championship game.
In four seasons with the Lakers, Scott finished with a 61-21-6 record and a .727 winning percentage that ranks second all-time at Oswego surpassed only by Ed Layton '81 who had a .798 winning percentage in 48 games over three years. Scott finished his collegiate days as the career leader in goals against average (2.31), save percentage (.915), and shutouts (nine), and finished second in total saves made (2,212). He was a three-time All-Conference selection for the SUNY Athletic Conference and a second-team All-American in 2006-07.
Ryan Scott '08 makes one of his 15 saves in last season's 4-1 win over Fredonia in the SUNYAC playoff semifinals at the Campus Center Ice Arena. Scott is one of 49 remaining players looking to secure a spot on the Buffalo Sabres NHL roster.
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