GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior forward Tyler Brickler tallied a goal and an assists while senior forward Zachary Vit scored a goal in his sixth-straight game to lead the No. 9/11 Knights to a 7-2 victory over Division-II Franklin Pierce, Friday night, at Wilson Ice Arena.
Seven Geneseo players were credited with a goal, including junior defenseman Jack Caradonna and and junior forward Ryan Stanimir who also each had a goal and an assist for the Knights (10-2) sixth-consecutive victory.
"While I thought we got off to a bit of a slow start, it was good to see us bounce back and take care of business against a team that just kept coming," said Geneseo head coach Chris Schultz. "After being off for almost a month, I thought we did a pretty good job of getting back into the groove in most aspects of our game."
The two teams appeared to be headed for a scoreless first period before Vit solved Raven goalie Dave O'Brien with a tally with 1:33 left in the period to stake the Knights to the 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Franklin Pierce (2-10-1) responded quickly in the second period with a pair of goals in less than three minutes to take a 2-1 lead following a power-play tally by Tyler Cornele. Geneseo broke the game open with three goals in less than a three-minute span to forge ahead, 4-2. Senior forward Jonathan Sucese started the run with a tally 6:12 into the period, before senior forward Carson Schell converted his first goal of the season with 7:07 elapsed in the period. Brickler found the net 1:40 later to make it a 4-2 Knights' edge that they would take into the second intermission.
Geneseo put the game out of reach with three goals in the first eight minutes of the third period, as sophomore forward David Ripple found the net 2:04 into the final stanza. Junior defenseman Jack Caradonna registered his first goal of the season 4:40 into the period on a night that saw all four Knights captains (Schell, Sucese, Vit, Caradonna) register a goal. Stanimir would round out the scoring with a short-handed goal with less than 13 minutes remaining in regulation to seal the victory.
Geneseo sophomore goalie Nick Horrigan was steady en route to his third win of the season, making 18 saves on the night. O'Brien did all he could to keep the Ravens in the game, totaling 53 saves including 19 in both the first and second periods.
The Knights will be in the hunt for their seventh-straight victory on Saturday when they hit the road to take on Elmira at 7:00 p.m.