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The SUNYAC No. 3-seeded Oswego State men’s ice hockey team has advanced to the SUNYAC Championship game and will play the top seeded SUNY Geneseo on the road at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The Lakers knocked off No. 2 SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals in the semifinals of the SUNYAC Championship in Strafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh on Saturday night. It was the second-straight weekend that the Lakers took down their arch-rivals on the road.
After losing to Geneseo earlier this season the Oswego Men’s Hockey team have one thing in mind for Saturday: revenge. That’s what they and their fans hope to get against Geneseo tomorrow.
Confidence is not lacking from the Laker fans but with this sold-out SUNYAC title game, WTOP-10’s play-by-play announcer Joseph Noel said this game could be one for the ages.
“A lot is on the line, a tournament berth, SUNYAC championship so both these teams are definitely going to be looking to play each other to the fullest,” Noel said. “I’ve seen these two play each other in both games this year and it’s been tight matchups, the two fastest teams in the SUNYAC you really can’t ask for a better matchup.”
Last year SUNY Oswego played SUNY Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC Championship in the Campus Center Ice Arena located on Oswego’s campus, but now Oswego faces a different challenge on the road versus Geneseo.
The matchup is more than just a SUNYAC Championship. The winner will get an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament in Maine. A possible home game is also something the winners could expect, but something that is left to how the seedings play out.
Tickets were sold to the general public in Oswego and Geneseo for the game. Both saw long lines and within a few short hours tickets to the game were gone.
Students and Oswego residents are packing into line at the Campus Center box office for SUNYAC final tickets pic.twitter.com/HjVioKyC5p
— The Oswegonian (@TheOswegonian) March 6, 2014
— Geneseo Knights (@GeneseoKnights) March 5, 2014
The last time the two teams matched up in the SUNYAC Championship was in 1991. That game was also held in Geneseo and ultimately saw a Laker 6-2 victory.
— Marc Beck (@mjbeckman1) March 2, 2014