GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward Jonathan Sucese and first-year forward Stephen Collins tallied second-period goals to lead the Knights to a 2-0 victory over Buffalo State in the semifinals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, Saturday.
The top-seeded Knights (21-5) will host third-seeded Oswego for the 2014 SUNYAC Championship next Saturday (March 8) at 7:00 p.m. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
"I thought we played a great 60 minutes of hockey," said head coach Chris Schultz. "Our guys did an amazing job of playing passionately while sticking to what makes us successful for the whole game."
Sucese put the Knights on the board 2:06 into the second period, skating from the right faceoff circle into the slot and zipping a hard shot past Bengals goalie Kevin Carr to put Geneseo up 1-0.
The Knights went up 2-0 less than three minutes later after junior forward Tyler Brickler won a faceoff in the Geneseo zone and fed junior forward Ryan Stanimir up the left side of the ice. Collins got the puck at the blue line and skated in on net where he slipped a shot past Carr on the near post for his 13th goal of the season.
The two goals proved to be all the Knights would need en route to the victory as sophomore goalie Nick Horrigan was credited with 29 saves to improve to 12-1 on the season with his first career shutout.
The Knights will be making their first SUNYAC Championship game appearance since defeating Plattsburgh, 2-1, in a best-of-three series to win the conference title in 2006.