By Tyler Wied
Oswego, NY– As the SUNY Oswego Lakers mens’ ice hockey team prepares for their big game against the Plattsburgh Cardinals this Saturday night, the team is treating this game like any other. Freshmen forward Mitchell Emerson has taken this approach to heart as he is anticipating his first Whiteout game.
“We’ve tried to keep it pretty even, on par with most weeks,” Emerson said. “We know it’s a big weekend and there’s gonna be a real good atmosphere here. We just come in knowing we have two league games coming up and they’re important to us.”
Senior forward Chris Waterstreet knows Whiteout weekend has a different feeling than what the team is going through.
“Even just the week leading up to it has been a lot of fun,” Waterstreet said. “There’s a lot of hype going on. People are struggling to get tickets and everything like that so it’s always fun.”
As freshmen like Emerson are feeling nervous about their first Whiteout game, Waterstreet and the other seniors on the team have been able to reflect on the Whiteouts they’ve been a part of.
“It’s hard to describe,” Waterstreet said. “It’s one of those games I guess we look forward to all year.”
For the seniors, this game represents their last chance to win against the Cardinals at home. The Lakers have tied twice and lost twice in Whiteout games the last four years.