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Geneseo, Oswego ready to represent SUNYAC at D-III Frozen Four

Oswego’s Matt Galati has the Lakers two wins from a Division III national championship (photo: Dan Hickling).

Hercules. Atlas. Samson.

All of them broad shouldered guys of legend – two mythical, one Biblical – who came through in the crunch.

You can add to that list the likes of Tyler Brickler and Matt Galati.

It’s likely that without them, neither of the two bitter SUNYAC foes, Geneseo and Oswego, would be two wins away from a Frozen Four title.

Both of them – Brickler, the wily Genny junior, and Galati, the slick-sticked Laker freshman – have hauled their teams on their backs to within reach of the national championship.

And of course, if Friday’s semifinal tilts go their respective ways, they could find themselves opposing each other in Saturday’s title tilt in Lewiston, Maine.

Brickler, who transferred to Geneseo from Division I Massachusetts-Lowell, has been perhaps the nation’s hottest scorer over the past month, with seven goals in the past five games.

It was Brickler’s power-play goal in the NCAA first-rounder against Nichols that gave the Ice Knights the lead for good.

And it was his natural hat-trick, including two third-period goals, that gave Geneseo all the offense it needed in a 3-2 come-from behind quarterfinal win over Norwich.

Tyler Brickler and his Geneseo teammates knocked off Norwich in the quarterfinals to get to the D-III Frozen Four (photo: Dan Hickling).

Is his best yet to come?

We may soon find out.

The same can be said for Galati, who is the headliner for Ed Gosek’s stellar freshman class (all 19 of them).

He, too, is etching his name onto the membership list of the Big Game Club.

Remember Oswego’s wild 7-6 win at Geneseo in the SUNYAC championship game?

Then you’ll recall Galati’s two clutch tallies, ones that made all the difference. Without them, the conference crown goes to Genny and Oswego goes home – without an at-large NCAA invitation and without a chance for a fifth consecutive Frozen Four excursion.

Toss in his goal in the 3-0 quarterfinal win at Babson and you have a legend in the making.

To be continued?

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  • Oswego Student

    First note: Oswego State beat Babson 3-0, not 2-1. Okay, now I love Matt Galati as much as the next SUNY Oswego student, but can you really put him ahead of Alex Botten for all the credit? Botten was the SUNYAC Tournament MVP with a goal (the sixth and game-tying goal at Geneseo) and six assists (including five in the championship game, one being the lone assist on Hulshof’s game-winner). Then, he scores two of Oswego’s four goals against Bowdoin (the second tally a game-winner). He has five goals and seven assists in the team’s last seven games. Not to mention, he had the game-tying goal against Plattsburgh in the regular season finale which locked up the three seed in the SUNYAC Tournament and had the primary assist on Galati’s game-winner against Fredonia in the opening round. Botten, aside from David Titanic (whose heart, fight and leadership in all situations has led the Lakers to this point), has been the main producer for Oswego State. And then you can’t even forget Zawadzki’s five-game winning streak this postseason or the play of the defense! Gertsakis and Rivait, along with unsung hero Denton King, lead one of the best defensive units down the stretch, not even mentioning Mac Scott and Chris Raguseo who got thrown together as a third pairing a month ago and have slowly and silently become a formidable pair.

  • Bob

    This writer is just Lazy, combining what should have been two stories
    into one, also making the stories about two individual players instead
    of the teams as a whole, or even mentioning the frozen four match-ups to
    come. I really hope he actually tries next year or they bring back the
    old SUNYAC writer Russell Jaslow. STOP half-assing everything

  • Joe Crowley

    I look forward to watching these games in person tomorrow.

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