GENEVA, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo first-year forward Stephen Collins scored the overtime game-winning goal with six seconds on the clock to lead the Knights to a 4-3 upset at No. 8 Hobart, Friday night at The Cooler.
With the first OT clock winding down, Collins evaded two Statesmen defenders to get off a shot from close range that went into the top corner of the goal as Geneseo improved to 4-1 while the Statesmen (2-1-2) lost their first game of the season.
"Tonight was a great win on the road for us over a really good hockey team," said Knights' coach Chris Schultz. "I was happy with the way we responded each time Hobart came back to tie it. You could really see the character of the team come through, particularly in overtime. Collins' game-winner was a great individual effort as well."
Hobart got on the board 18 seconds before the second intermission on a goal by Peter Ryan that made it a 2-1 game after 40 minutes of play.
The Statesmen tied it up, 2-2, 4:01 into the third on a goal by Ian Coleman, before Geneseo senior forward Zachary Vit put Geneseo back on top 9:03 into the period off an assist from sophomore defender Matt Solomon.
Hobart had an answer again less than four minutes later on a goal by Brad McBride to make it a 3-3 game 12:34 into the third to force the eventual extra period.
The Knights went on the power play 22 seconds into overtime following a Hobart hooking penalty. Geneseo took five shots on goal but Statesmen goalie Lino Chimienti made five of his 27 saves to keep Hobart alive. The Knights kept the pressure on, winning five of eight total overtime faceoffs before Collins took a feed from first-year defender Camp Hampson and finished off the upset with his fifth goal of the season.
Knights' junior goalkeeper Bryan Haude improved to 3-0 on the season after making 33 saves, including 15 in the second period.
Geneseo will return to home to host three straight games, starting Tuesday with visiting Adrian at 7:00 p.m.