GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo first-year forward Conlan Keenan scored three goals and added an assist while senior forward Trevor Hills added two goals and two assists to lead the No. 6/8 Knights to a 7-0 victory over Potsdam in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action, Saturday.
With the victory, Geneseo (16-6-3, 10-5-1 SUNYAC) clinched the third for the SUNYAC Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Brockport on Wednesday (Feb.22) at 7:00 p.m. Another win would set up a date with second-seeded Plattsburgh next Saturday (Feb. 25) for a semifinal tilt slated for 7:00 p.m. The SUNYAC Championship game will be played a week later (March 4) at the highest remaining seed.
Geneseo scored the lone goal of the first period to take a 1-0 lead with 12:01 on the clock. Keenan skated the puck into the Potsdam zone a took a shot that sailed left of the Bears' goal and caromed to senior forward Stephen Collins on the left wing boards. Collins send a pass to junior forward Mitch Ferguson, who scored on a wrist shot from the top of the zone for his first goal in a Knights' sweater.
The Knights took command with two goals in the first two minutes of the second period. Senior defenseman Pat Condon scored on a power-play slap shot from the top-left corner of the Potsdam zone at 19:38 before Keenan took advantage of a fortunate bounce on a red-line dump by senior defenseman Derek Stahl that deflected off the back boards into the low slot for an easy finish at 18:54.
First-year forward Andrew Romano made it a 4-0 Geneseo lead after taking a Stahl feed from the left wing boards and back-pedaling across the crease to score on a shot inside the right post at 13:54. Keenan finished a cross-ice feed from senior forward Trevor Hills inside the right post on a two-on-one break with 3:02 on the clock as the Knights' built a 5-0 advantage heading into the final period.
In the third, Hills finished a feed from senior defenseman Cam Hampson inside a wide-open left post at 13:20 before Keenan completed his second collegiate hat-trick from close range off a nice feed from senior forward Jack Ceglarski with 10:00 on the clock. Hills tacked on his second tally off a Collins feed with 5:08 remaining to wrap up the victory.
The 10 members of the Geneseo Class of 2017 were honored in a post-game ceremony.