No. 7 Men's Ice Hockey Overpowers Canton, 7-0

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore forward Tyson Empey scored two goals while sophomore forward David Szmyd added a goal and two assists to lead the No. 7 Knights to a 7-0 shutout of visiting Canton, Friday. 

Entering the night with the nation's ninth-ranked power-play, Geneseo (14-4-3) finished the night by converting four of seven extra-man attempts. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Geneseo scored three goals in less than a six-minute span of the first period. First-year forward Carson Kelley got things going by tipping a shot by junior forward Zach Lynes into the Kangaroo net from close range at 7:01. 
  • Sophomore defenseman Tanner Salsberry one-timed a power-play tally from the top-left of the face-off circle with 4:52 on the clock before Szmyd finished an odd-man rush with a back-handed shot inside the right post for another power-play goal that gave the Knights a 3-0 lead entering the second period. 
  • Empey notched the lone goal of the second period after getting loose for an open shot from the slot with 13:47 on the clock. 
  • Empey, who entered the night tied for first in the nation in power-play goals, took a nice cross-ice feed from sophomore forward Andrew Romano and stuffed his 10th extra-man goal of the season into the Canton net with 12:41 remaining in regulation. 
  • Skating on the power player with 11:02 on the clock, junior forward Arthur Gordon received the puck at the top of the right face-off circle and skated into the slot for a scoring wrist-shot that built a 6-0 advantage. 
  • Sophomore defenseman Teddy McCabe closed the scoring with eight minutes remaining after jamming home a loose puck in front of a crowded Kangaroo cage for his first career goal.

QUICK FACTS 

  • Junior goalie Devin McDonald was credited with 20 saves to preserve his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career to tie Nick Horrigan '15 for the most ever by a Geneseo goalie. He also logged his 41st career victory to move into a tie for third place on the Knights' all-time list with Brett Walker '05
  • Empey notched his second-straight game with two goals after totaling five points (two goals, three assists) in last Saturday's 7-4 win at Plattsburgh on his way to SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week recognition. 
  • Romano's two assists pushed his team-leading season total to 24 and career total to 41 over the last two seasons. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

Geneseo hosts Canton for a second time on Saturday (Feb. 3) at 7:00 p.m.