SUNY Oswego Men's and Women's Hockey off to fast start

Men ranked #1 in DIII, Women #7 in DIII

OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The SUNY Oswego Men's and Women’s hockey teams are both off to great starts this season.

The Men’s team is off to a 7-0 start and are now #1 in the nation in the Division III poll while the  Women’s team sits at 9-1 No. 7 in the Division III polls.

Senior Defenseman Chris Raguseo tells NewsChannel 9, “They're not giving out any hardware now, right, so we don't try to look too far ahead.  We have a saying we try to stick to, trust the process, right."

Head Coach Ed Gosek adds, "They've been enjoyable to be around and who knows where it’s going to go wins and losses but we have no regrets at this point with the work ethic and the attitudes."

It’s unfamiliar territory for the still young women's program only in their 11th season.

"It’s really actually nice to get the publicity and the people noticing us that we haven't really gotten in the past however it is really early in the season." Says Senior Center Alexa Aranburu.

The teams get along well off the ice and root as hard as anyone for the others success on the ice.

"We see each other a lot and obviously with the success they're having we're paying attention to them, they're paying attention to us."   Raguseo says.

"We all want each other to be successful; we want to push each other to work hard."  Aranburu says.

Women’s Head Coach Diane Dillon says, " The Men's program brings energy to the building, they're the biggest ticket in town and they've earned it, it's part of the hockey community here in Oswego and we're part of that and as we've gotten better and better our part of that has grown."

The teams will be collecting canned goods and toys for the United Way before both games Saturday in Oswego.

The Women take the ice at 3 p.m. against Canton while the Men host Morrisville at 7 p.m.

The Men’s program will also be hosting its first annual teddy bear toss at Saturday’s game.

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