Blue Devils hockey team headed to SUNYAC final

OSWEGO — Fredonia pulled its biggest upset of the season Saturday, a 3-1 victory over nationally ranked Oswego in the semifinals of the SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Tournament.

Goals by freshman Josh Biasillo and sophomore Jacob Haynes late in the first period were the turning point in the game, which featured another strong outing by sophomore goaltender Anton Rosen.

Kyle Jelinski scored Fredonia’s third goal late in the second period.

The Blue Devils (13-10-4) advance to the SUNYAC championship game next Saturday at Geneseo. The Knights defeated Buffalo State, 5-2, in the other semifinal Saturday.

Rosen finished with 33 saves following a 55-save performance in a first round win Wednesday at Plattsburgh. He withstood a barrage of shots in the early going. He made 10 saves in the first period, including several on Oswego one-man rushes. One of those came while the Lakers were killing a penalty, one of two power-play opportunities the Blue Devils were unable to convert during the period.

The momentum shifted to Fredonia in a hurry.

Biasillo put the Blue Devils on top 1-0 with a short shot which the Oswego goaltender David Richer stopped, then appeared to kick into his net. Haynes scored 11 seconds later when he tucked the puck into the same corner of the net. After a discussion for apparent goaltender interference, the goal stood and the Blue Devils led 2-0.

It was the sixth goal of the season for Biasillo, the eighth of the year for Haynes.

Oswego held a huge territorial advantage in the second period, yet Rosen was again equal to the task. One of the few times Fredonia was able to clear the zone, Jelinski intercepted an Oswego breakout pass just inside the blue line, skated into the right circle, then connected with a wrist shot for a 3-0 lead. It was Jelinski’s second goal of the season.

Oswego’s Mitch Emerson scored a power-play goal at 4:26 of the third period, ending a scoreless drought by the Lakers spanning four games and stretching over 165 minutes. Yet that was all the Lakers could muster, their No. 5 national rank notwithstanding.

Instead, the Blue Devils — without a single 2018 all-conference player — will play for the SUNYAC title for the first time since 2011 and the seventh time in program history.