Oswego storybook run stopped in Frozen Four

The Laker men’s hockey team couldn’t come up with one more miracle in a season filled with them, coming up just short to UW-Stevens Point 2-1 in a national semifinal in the Frozen Four in Lewiston, Maine.

Lakers celebrateThe young squad featuring 19 freshmen had overcome expectations in making the program’s fifth straight Frozen Four after a late-season run to claim the SUNYAC tournament. But every attempt at a roll was stoned by Pointers goalie Brandon Jaeger and a tough Stevens Point defense. Oswego’s lone goal came from its dangerous combination of freshman Shawn Hulshof scoring off an assist by senior captain David Titanic, one more big play for a monster postseason for the pair.

The Lakers reserved their spot in Lewiston with an impressive 3-0 quarterfinal win at Babson. Oswego jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and goalie Matt Zawadzki never let the Beavers back in the game (see game story).

The win followed a number of nail-biters to keep Oswego’s season alive, most recently a first-round NCAA contest where they had to score three straight third-period goals to rally in topping Bowdoin 4-3 on Thursday (see game story).

Despite losing 14 seniors from a squad that went to four straight Frozen Fours, the freshman-heavy Lakers peaked at the right time, defeating Plattsburgh on the road on consecutive weekends, including a 2-1 win to advance to the SUNYAC finals. Then the young Lakers had to hold off a furious Geneseo rally on the road to win the SUNYAC Tournament 7-6 and punch their ticket (see game story).

The Lakers finish with a 22-7-2 record on the year, with the late run helped in large part by third-period comebacks and the emergence of freshman goaltender Zawadzki.

(Posted: Mar 10, 2014)