Keeping the puck away

Oswego State's Joseph Molinaro (middle) attempts to keep control of the puck and away from a couple of Hilbert College defenders in Laker men's hockey game earlier this season.

OSWEGO — Brockport and SUNY Geneseo will provide this weekend’s SUNYAC competition for the Oswego State Lakers men’s hockey team (4-1).

The annual Teddy Bear Toss will kick off the weekend at the Marano Campus Center this Friday with a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Golden Eagles (7-1-1), while the Lakers will take to Geneseo to square off against the Knights (9-1-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Oswego State is coming off an idle weekend while both of this weekend’s foes captured tournament titles over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Coming off a 1-1 Western New York weekend with a win over Buffalo State and a loss to Fredonia State, Oswego State coach Ed Gosek is ready to go.

“That was a good learning experience for us,” he said. “We had our chances against Fredonia, but just didn’t finish. We just didn’t do what we needed to do to be successful. Against Buffalo, we played close the entire game.”

Looking ahead to the weekend, Gosek has a tremendous amount of respect for his opponents.

Looking at Friday’s foe in the Golden Eagles, he said, “They’ve been playing well. Their penalty kill and power plays are going well and all facets are there. They are playing with confidence after winning the Castleton Tournament. We will need to do what we do well, execute for all 60 minutes both mentally and physically. We can’t take unnecessary risks and we need to cut the Grade-A chances we are giving to other teams. This will be a good test as they’ve played twice as many games as we have. We are trying to work on chemistry and I think we are getting there.”

For the Lakers, Travis Broughman has three goals and four assists, Anthony Passero with two goals and four assists, Tyler Currie with five assists, Michael Gillespie and Derek Brown each with four assists as the leading point-getters.

Meanwhile in the net, David Richer sports a 2.35 goals against average and a .873 save percentage, while Cedric Hansen is at a 1.50 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

Mitchell Parsons has five goals and five assists, and Connor Hutchins has two goals and eight assists to lead the Eagles. Ryan Romeo has contributed with nine assists,  and Doc Gentzler I has four goals and three assists with Hunter Laslo chipping in two goals and five assists.

Brockport State net-minder Jake Moore has played in six games thus far and has a goals against average of 0.82 and a .969 save percentage.

The Knights have become an outstanding rivalry with many exciting games during the past few years. The Knights were a preseason SUNYAC champion selection and have lived up to the hype.

“Geneseo is on top of the league and is hitting its stride,” Gosek said. “They are skilled, offensive minded and if you give them opportunities — they finish.

“The defense is solid. We will need to play our game, take what they give us and grind it out. We really need to bring our A-game and be prepared. Parity is catching up in Division III. As I always say, with such a short season, every game is important.”

SUNY Geneseo is coming off a tournament sweep of two top notch NESCAC teams with a 4-1 win over Amherst and a 3-1 title game verdict over Williams.

Conlan Keenan, who has 10 goals and 15 assists, leads the Knights offensively. Andrew Romano has three goals and 18 assists, David Szmyd has five goals and 11 assists, Duggie Lagrone with five goals and 10 assists, Mitch Ferguson two goals and 13 assists and Tylon Empey has nine goals and five assists for the Knights.

Geneseo’s goalie Devin McDonald has played 10 games so far and has a 1.10 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.

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