GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior goalie Devin McDonald totaled 27 saves to backstop the No. 2 Knights to a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Fredonia in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's ice hockey play at Wilson Ice Arena, Friday. It was Geneseo's 13th-consecutive victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo first-year defenseman Chris Perna took a pass on the left wing from junior forward Tyson Empey and scored on a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle to open the scoring with 14:28 on the first-period clock.
- Fredonia earned a power-play opportunity following a Geneseo roughing penalty with 1:28 remaining in the first period. However, the Knights were able to clear a face-off in their own zone as sophomore forward Dan Bosio hit a streaking sophomore forward Carson Kelley in the neutral zone. Kelley beat the Blue Devil defense back to score a short-handed wrist-shot from the slot with 45 seconds on the clock to give Geneseo a 2-0 lead.
- With under two minute remaining in the second period, first-year forward Ryan Burnett cutoff a clearing attempt behind the Fredonia net and sent a short pass in front to Miller, who one-timed a goal inside the left post with 1:38 on the clock for a three-goal edge.
- Fredonia junior forward Jacob Haynes scored on a Fredonia power play attempt on a slap shot from the left face-off circle with 4:35 left in regulation for the Blue Devils lone goal.
- McDonald improved to 15-1-1 this winter while moving into 14th place in NCAA Division III history with his 62nd career victory.
- Geneseo entered the night with the top-ranked power play in the country, but finished the game 0-for-6 on extra-man attempts.
- The Knights' top forward line of juniors Conlan Keenan (15-17-32), Andrew Romano (5-24-29) and David Szmyd (8-13-21) was held scoreless for the first time this season.
- Geneseo completed the season sweep of Fredonia after also earning a 6-1 road victory (Nov. 2) in a rematch of last season's SUNYAC Championship game also won by the Knights, 7-1.
Geneseo hosts back-to-back SUNYAC foes next week, as Plattsburgh (Jan. 25) and Potsdam (Jan. 26) visit Wilson Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday. Both games are slated for 7:00 p.m. face-offs. (NOTE: Due to the impending snowstorm projected for the region, tomorrow's game at Buffalo State has been postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m.)