No. 4 Men's Ice Hockey Earns 7-1 Win Over Elmira

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward Andrew Romano totaled a goal and three assists while junior forward Conlan Keenan added a goal and two assists to lead the No. 4 Knights to a 7-1 victory over visiting Elmira, Tuesday. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Elmira opened the scoring in the sixth minute after Matthew Cuce deflected a shot by Nick Ford from the left point that trickled in low, glove-side for a power-play tally after the Knights were whistled for a tripping penalty a minute and a half earlier. 
  • Geneseo got things going with the first of their three power-play goals of the night. Keenan brought the puck into the Knights' zone and fed Romano on the left wing. Romano slid a cross-ice pass to junior forward Tyson Empey, who scored on a one-timer inside the left post at 8:28 for his Division III-leading seventh power play tally of the season. 
  • Geneseo scored twice in just over a minute span to build a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Junior defenseman Cam Russell sent a long clearing pass to sophomore forward Dan Bosio, who found sophomore forward Carson Kelly in front for a scoring deflection with 3:46 on the clock. 
  • Junior forward David Szmyd dug a puck off the boards behind the Elmira net and shoveled a pass out front to Romano, who hit Keenan across the crease for a one-timer with 2:40 remaining. 
  • In the second period, the Knights converted their second power play of the game after Elmira was whistled for a cross-check at 14:09. Romano received a pass in the low slot from senior defenseman Mitch Ferguson and slid the puck back up to senior defenseman Duggie Lagrone for a scoring wrist-shot from the right point after only 16 seconds. 
  • The Knights scored twice in the final four minutes of the period. Szmyd took a puck off the boards in the right corner and deked a defender to reach across the goal for a far-post finish with 3:54 remaining before Romano took a Keenan feed and scored on a shot in the right slot at 1:33 for the Knights' third power-play tally of the contest. 
  • First-year forward Brendan Miller jammed a wrap-around attempt inside the right post with 9:26 left in the third period for the final tally of the contest. 

GAME NOTES 

  • Geneseo has scored at least one power-play tally in all nine games this season, while tonight marked its sixth game with multiple power-play conversions. The Knights own the nation's top-ranked power play, converting nearly 35 percent of their opportunities (19-of-35). 
  • Keenan currently leads the nation with 22 points while Romano (16) and Keenan (14) are the top-two ranked players in assists. 
  • Senior goalie Devin McDonald made 17 saves as Geneseo finished the game with a 42-18 shot advantage. 
  • Geneseo only had one win in its previous 12 meetings with Elmira dating back to 2006, including an 0-5-1 mark in the previous six matchups. The Knights last win versus the Soaring Eagles was a 4-2 road victory on Dec. 10, 2011. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

Geneseo heads to Massachusetts for a pair of games this weekend, taking on Amherst on Saturday and Williams on Sunday. Both games are slated for 3:00 p.m. face-offs.