GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior forward Garry Childerhose and junior forward Tyler Brickler each tallied two goals to lead the No. 10 Knights to a 6-3 victory over Fredonia and clinch the first State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title since 1990.
With the win, Geneseo earns the top-seed and home-ice advantage throughout the SUNYAC playoffs. The Knights will have a bye into next Saturday's semifinals where they will host an opponent to be determined at 7:00 p.m.
Brickler converted a power-play in the 14th minute to open the scoring in the first period. Just 25 seconds later, Childerhose netted the first of two goals in a four-minute span to put the Knights up 3-0 at the first intermission. Both goals were assisted by senior forward Jonathan Sucese.
Fredonia got on the board 3:29 into the second period but the Knights would tally two goals in the final five minutes of the second to lead 5-1 after two periods of play. Junior forward Zach Martin took a pass from first-year forward Connor Anthoine and broke into the Fredonia zone where he made a nice move to beat a defender on the right side and scored from close range at 15:21 for his second goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Brickler tallied his second goal of the game off an assist from Martin to give the Knights a 5-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
In the third, the Blue Devils scored two shorthanded goals to make it a two-goal game with under ten minutes to play but a sophomore forward David Ripple would find the net in the 16th minute to put the game out of reach. Ripple scored a goal from the left faceoff circle off the near post for his front of the crease past the goalie on the near post for his seventh goal of the year.
Geneseo awaits the lowest remaining seed following Wednesday's first round games. Should the Knights win next Saturday's semifinal, they would host the championship game on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m.