Lakers headed to Lake Placid for Frozen Four

With a convincing 9-2 NCAA quarterfinal win over Bowdoin on Saturday, the Oswego men’s hockey team heads to Lake Placid in pursuit of its second championship in four years.

At 4 p.m. Friday, the #2 Lakers (26-2) will meet a familiar formidable foe at the Frozen Four semifinals in #3 St. Norbert (23-3-3), whom they topped 4-3 in overtime in 2007 en route to SUNY Oswego’s first national championship. The victor will face the winner of the other semifinal, between Laker archrival Plattsburgh (19-5-4) and top-ranked Norwich (24-1-4), which begins at 7:30 p.m. The NCAA championship game will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday.

All games will unfold in Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena—the site of the famed 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic gold-medal run for Team USA. Brooks, the legendary coach of that team and arena namesake, coached the St. Cloud State team that lost to Oswego in the national semifinals in 1987, the Lakers’ first-ever foray into the Frozen Four. Oswego also made it to the Frozen Four and the national championship game in 2003, losing 2-1 to Norwich, before winning it all in 2007 with a 4-3 overtime triumph over Middlebury.

Single-session and all-session passes are available for the contest either online or by contacting the Olympic Center Box Office at (518) 523-3330. Oswego State fans should request Section 16 when contacting the box office.

Fans unable to attend Friday night’s game can see a free webcast of the game at fasthockey.com. Viewers must create a login and password to access the broadcast. Campus radio station WNYO 88.9 FM will provide a free radio broadcast at www.wnyo.org from Lake Placid as well, and updates are expected from the college’s Twitter account, www.twitter.com/sunyoswego.

Saturday’s championship contest will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network.

(Posted: Mar 15, 2010)

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