For the second straight year, Oswego State University is competing in the NCAA "Frozen Four" Hockey Championship. Wednesday morning the team was at Hancock Airport in Syracuse as they took off for the national semifinals in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend.
The Lakers (23-4) will take on Adrian College (24-3-1) at Ridder Arena Friday at 4:30 pm. The winner will take on the winner of St. Norbert and Norwich Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.
Oswego State has a history of success in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, the Lakers won the national championship. Last year the team made the Frozen Four, but lost in the national semifinals. That loss has the Lakers focused on the goal at hand.
Co-Captain Steve Mallaro says, "I think we can learn from that. We're going out there for a reason, we don't want to come back early this year. So it's going to help out a lot more guys will be pushing harder this year than last year."
Mallaro is not the only Laker with that mindset. Co-Captain Kevin Huinink says "We were out there last year in Lake Placid for the final four, and I think our team as a whole gained a lot of experience from it, and we're not satisfied just being out there, we want to go out there and win come back with a national championship."
If you want to watch the Lakers take on Adrian College Friday night, the game will be webcast on the NCAA's website. That link will not be available until Friday.
Fans in Oswego can listen to the game on 88.9 WNYO and on WNYO's website.