No.1 Oswego State Travels to Utica Today

December 8th, 2009 by Ryan Maloney Leave a reply »
The last time the Oswego State men's ice hockey team made the 90-mile trek to Utica, they left a 17-game unbeaten streak behind.  The Pioneers beat the top-ranked Lakers 5-2 on Jan. 23, 2007 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium to hand the eventual National Champions their first loss of the 2006-07 season after a 14-0-3 start.

For many Oswegonians, the 2008-09 edition of coach Ed Gosek's Lakers have conjured up memories of that squad from three years ago.  Their hot start—10 wins in their first 11 games, including a victory in each of their last nine contests—have earned them the nation's top ranking for the third time in four seasons.

Gary Heenan's Pioneers (4-5-2) also bear many resemblances to the team that last took their home ice against the Lakers.  Utica has been inconsistent.  After stating the season with a 2-0-1 mark in their first three games, they've gone winless on six of their last eight, a streak that started with a Nov. 14 loss in Oswego.

The Utica team that beat Oswego State in '07 was 7-6-3 and had just gone winless in a two-game series with Elmira.  Their victory over the Lakers started them on a stretch ...

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