GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo hosts Fredonia for the 2018 SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship game this Saturday (March 3) at 7:00 p.m. with an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament on the line.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS (18-5-3)
Geneseo is in the hunt for its fifth SUNYAC Championship and first since 2016 when it defeated host Plattsburgh, 7-1, in the title game. The Knights also won back-to-back SUNYAC crowns in 2005 and 2006 while earning their first championship in 1986.
- After clinching the second seed and a first-round bye with a 10-3-3 conference regular-season record, Geneseo advanced past third-seeded Buffalo State last Saturday with a 5-2 win that featured two first-period goals by sophomore forward David Szmyd and a goal and and assist each by sophomore forwards Tyson Empey and Conlan Keenan.
- Geneseo is hosting the championship game for the first time since 2014 when Oswego escaped a four-goal comeback by the Knights to earn a 7-6 victory.
- Fredonia and Geneseo have only met six times during the 41-year history of the SUNYAC Tournament and once since 2007 when the format changed to single-elimination. Fredonia moved past host Geneseo, 4-1, in the 2012 quarterfinals in the teams' most recent postseason pairing.
- The Knights feature five SUNYAC All-Stars, including first-teamers Keenan and senior defenseman Pat Condon. Empey was tagged a second-team honoree, while junior goalie Devin McDonald and junior defenseman Duggie Lagrone were voted to the third-team.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS (13-10-4)
Fredonia is in the mix for its fourth SUNYAC Championship after upsetting third-seeded Plattsburgh, 4-3, and top-seeded Oswego, 3-1, to advance to the tournament final for the first time in seven years.
- Seeded fifth after finishing the regular season with a 7-8-1 SUNYAC record, the Blue Devils are a win away from their first title since 2007 when they defeated Plattsburgh, 6-4, in the championship game to become the only fifth seed to ever win a title.
- Also crowned SUNYAC Champion in 1995 and 1996, Fredonia's last championship game appearance was a 4-1 setback at Plattsburgh in 2011.
- The Blue Devils fell at Buffalo State, 2-1, in last season's quarterfinals to break a two-year postseason hiatus that followed back-to-back quarterfinal losses in 2014 (at Oswego, 3-2) and 2013 (Buffalo State, 6-0).
- Fredonia upset host Geneseo, 4-1, in the 2012 quarterfinals but is winless in six trips to Wilson Ice Arena since, including a 4-1 setback last month. However, the Blue Devils rallied from an early two-goal deficit to earn a 4-3 win over the visiting Knights (Nov. 4) that saw junior forward Jimmy Morgan notch a pair of goals including the game-winner with 6:33 left in regulation.
- Sophomore goalie Anton Rosen is currently ranked 18th nationally with a .927 save percentage while his 11-3-2 record yields a .750 winning percentage that stands 12th.