OSWEGO — The Great Lakes Recycling Squirt hockey team took second place this past weekend at the Buffalo Winter Classic Cup. The squirt games were held at the Buffalo Riverworks in Buffalo and Holiday Rinks in Cheektowaga.
Oswego had a 2-2 record on the weekend, with both losses coming from the Jamestown Lakers, including the championship game by a score of 7-3.
In the preliminary games, Oswego lost its first matchup, 6-1, against Jamestown last Friday. Oswego’s Owen Bartlett scored the lone goal off an assist from Dylan Crannell. Despite the loss, goaltender Connor Stepien came up big in net with 20 saves.
Further into the first day of the tournament, Oswego faced the Royal Oak Eagles of Michigan. It was a must-win game to earn a potential spot in the title game.
Oswego won 3-2 with Stepien recording 24 saves, and a game-saver on a breakaway with less than a minute to go in the game. Crannell registered the hat trick, while Bartlett, Ryan Occhino and Adam Plyler picked up assists.
The Buccaneers earned their ticket to the championship early Saturday with an 8-1 win over Ohio’s Parma Flyers. Bartlett had two goals and three assists; Crannell chipped in three goals and two assists; Occhino had one goal and two assists; Ryan Sharkey added one goal and an assist; Thomas Rolfe contributed a goal; and Sam Garcia, Gavin Guynn, Ethan Workman, and Maksim Van Brocklin provided assists. Oswego’s netminder Stepien had 15 saves in the win.
The championship game saw a rematch between the Bucs and top-seeded, undefeated Jamestown. Despite a close and hard-fought 4-3 game after two periods, the Lakers tallied a trio of goals in the third to win 7-3 and take the Buffalo Winter Classic Cup. Stepien stopped 22 shots in net, and Crannell, Garcia and Occhino scored goals for Oswego. Crannell also added two assists.
The Bucs are led by head coach Josh Crannell, and assistant coaches Alan Occhino, Joe Garcia and Greg Sharkey.