GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore forward David Ripple broke a 3-3 third-period tie with the eventual game-winning goal to lead the #14 Knights to a 5-3 victory over No. 14 Plattsburgh in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) ice hockey play.
Ripple collected a deflection of a saved shot by junior winger Justin Scharfe and flipped it over Plattsburgh goalkeeper Mathieu Cadieux for the decisive goal with 5:55 remaining in regulation. Junior blue-liner Jack Caradonna was also credited with an assist on the play as the Knights (14-4-0, 8-1-0 SUNYAC) handed the Cardinals (15-3-2, 8-1-2 SUNYAC) their first conference loss of the season.
"I thought we came out and played a good first half, which gave us momentum the rest of the game," said head coach Chris Schultz. "I thought every player contributed by blocking shots, taking hits and making good plays. Everyone was sacrificing for the betterment of the team."
Following a scoreless first period, the two teams combined for five goals the second period. Senior forward Zachary Vit got the Knights on the board in the fifth minute, taking a trailing pass from first-year center Jack Ceglarski and beating Cadieux stick-side for the 1-0 lead. Plattsburgh evened the score less than two minutes later as Ryan Farnan converted a power-play tally with 13:27 on the clock.
Geneseo bounced back 18 seconds later as first-year forward Stephen Collins took a drop pass at the blue line from junior forward Ryan Stanimir and scored on a low shot inside the left post to put the Knights back on top. Plattsburgh responded just over two minutes later as Connnor Gorman collected a loose puck off a shot that deflected off a Geneseo defenseman and scored from the high slot with a shot inside the left post to knot the score, 2-2, with 11:25 to play in the second period.
Stainimir would tally a goal of his own with 5:36 on the clock after taking a pass from Ceglarski at the blue line a planting a wrist shot from the slot in the back of the net to put the Knights up, 3-2, at the second intermission.
Plattsburgh would tie the game on a goal by Barry Roytman just over three minutes into the third. Ten minutes later, a Cardinal slashing penalty put Geneseo on the power play that saw Ripple tally the game-winning goal. With under two minutes to play, Scharfe would score from beyond the red line into an empty Plattsburgh net to seal the victory.
Both goalies made numerous big saves the entire game as Knights' junior goalie Bryan Haude was credited with a season-high 39 saves in the victory, while Cadieux came through with 31 stops on the night.
Geneseo returns to action on Saturday night, hosting Potsdam at 7:00 p.m.