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Devils at Oswego another playoff rematch
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- In winning the 2007 SUNYAC Tournament title, Fredonia State defeated Buffalo State in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal trip to Oswego.
The Blue Devils (15-8-3) are on a similar path this year. They defeated Buffalo State, 4-2, in a quarterfinal game Tuesday at Steele Hall. Like last year, a trip to No. 9-ranked Oswego is next on the docket.
The SUNYAC semifinal is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oswego State Campus Center. The game will be broadcast live by WCVF-FM (88.9) and webcast by Fredonia Radio Systems (http://www.fredoniaradio.com/).
"In all honesty," Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said, "we are focused on just playing our game and playing consistent hockey at this time of year. Oswego is the defending NCAA national champions and in my mind, with that title, are the best team in the nation. They are so explosive offensively and have an All American goaltender. On top of that, they are at home."
The Lakers (17-5-2) are led by SUNYAC Player of the Year Ryan Ellis, a junior forward, and senior goaltender Ryan Scott, a First Team All SUNYAC selection. In addition, three Lakers were honorable mention All SUNYAC picks. Only Plattsburgh, with six, had more All SUNYAC picks.
Fredonia State had three players chosen All SUNYAC. Senior forward Neal Sheehan (Avon Lake, Ohio) and senior defenseman Steve Albert (Port Huron, Mich.) made the Second Team, while sophomore goaltender Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) was an honorable mention. Street was in the net for the Blue Devils' quarterfinal win over Buffalo State. He and junior Kevin Amborski (Bloomfield, N.Y.), the 2007 SUNYAC Tournament MVP, have been sharing the duties all season. "Both our goaltenders," Meredith said, "have played well and we are getting balanced scoring. Mentally, we are in a good place. Obviously, the underdogs, but that is a role that we have played before and fits us in taking on the national champions."
The winner Saturday earns the right to meet either Potsdam or Plattsburgh in the championship game March 1. The only way the title game would be played at Steele Hall would be if the Blue Devils and Potsdam win Saturday. Otherwise, either No. 1 seed Plattsburgh or No. 2 Oswego would host.
The SUNYAC champs earns an automatic NCAA berth.