Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Fredonia For SUNYAC Championship

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.


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.

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.