For Oswego State, No. 1 Is (Finally) the Loneliest Number

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIDecember 8, 2009

I was none too pleased when released their NCAA Division III men's hockey poll last Monday. My Oswego State Lakers were tied with arch-rival Plattsburgh for the top ranking in the country, despite the fact that they had defeated the Cards by three goals on the road last month.

This week, I'm still miffed. The Lakers went 2-0-0 over the weekend with conference victories over a pair of schools tied for fifth in the SUNYAC standings.

No big deal, I know. You'd expect the top-ranked team in the country to beat teams ranked fifth in their conference at home.

You'd also expect the top-ranked team in the country to beat the fourth-place conference foe at home. But that was asking too much of Plattsburgh. The Cardinals blew a 3-0 lead, allowing a trio of third-period goals and entering a long break with a tie against Potsdam.

Yet still, there are five voters who placed Plattsburgh first on their ballot. Five pollsters believe that the Cardinals, despite the three-goal loss to Oswego State on their own ice and two consecutive ties—one to a team with a losing record in conference—are the best team in Division III. To that I say, "WTF!? Seriously, WTF!?!?"

The five first place votes that Plattsburgh received were just three less than they earned the week before. Meanwhile, Oswego State picked up five first-place votes for a total of 12. That increase is enough to give them a 20-point lead in the standings over the Cards.

The Lakers will return to action tonight when they visit Utica. Yours truly will be in attendance. See you at The Aud.

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