Oswego tops Fredonia hockey 4-1
Special to the OBSERVER
OSWEGO — Fredonia State was eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season with a 4-1 SUNYAC loss Saturday to the Oswego Lakers.
The Blue Devils (7-11-7 overall, 4-9-3 SUNYAC) needed to win Saturday to make the six-team conference tournament, yet had their season end when Oswego scored three times in the third period. The final goal was an empty-netter.
Chandler Judd had the Fredonia State goal, his second of the season, while Anton Rosen kept the Blue Devils in the game through the first two periods with 34 saves, including a couple of show-stoppers. He had with 39 saves before leaving the game late with an apparent injury.
Carter Allen put Oswego on top 1-0 at 9:07 of the first period. The Lakers outshot the Blue Devils, 13-4, during the opening 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils quieted the large Oswego crowd when Judd chipped in a loose puck in front of the net for his second goal in as many nights. It evened the game at 1-1.
Later in the period, Oswego appeared to regain the lead on a shot by Mitch Emerson, only to have the goal waved off because of goaltender interference. Moments later, Rosen made a sprawling glove save to keep the score tied.
Anthony Passero put Oswego on top 2-1 with a power-play goal early in the third period.
Each team hit a post during the ensuing moments, with Charlie Manley connecting for the Blue Devils. Manley also hit the post later in the period.
The Lakers put the game on ice with 2:48 left with Josh Zizek converted a 3-on-1 rush into a goal and a 3-1 Laker lead. Rosen aggravated an injury on the play and left the game in favor of Ryan Pascarella. Zizek then completed the scoring with an empty-netter with nine seconds left.
Oswego closed out its regular season at 15-9-1 overall and 12-3-1 and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SUNYAC Tournament.
It was the final game in a Blue Devil sweater for five seniors and two juniors who are graduating early. The seniors are Rosen, Manley, Max Blitz, Jacob Haynes, and Tyler Riter. The juniors are Hugo Gamache and Tommy Martyn. Manley and Martyn were 2019-20 co-captains while Haynes will graduate with 97 career points, 18th in program history.