Men's Ice Hockey Falls To Norwich, 4-2, In NCAA Semis

STEVENS POINT, Wisc. – SUNY Geneseo lost to Norwich, 4-2, in the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals, Friday, hosted at Wisconsin-Stevens Point's K.B. Willett Arena. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • After a scoreless first period, Norwich opened a 2-0 lead in the second. The Cadets scored the first of two power-play tallies in the game after Maxime Borduas dropped a short pass to Brett Ouderkirk in front of the left post and scored across the crease with 13:30 on the clock. 
  • With 6:15 left in the second period, T.J. Dockery flipped a puck on goal from the top of the zone that made its way through traffic to Coby Downs who flipped his own rebound inside the right post. 
  • Norwich built a 3-0 lead with 15:43 left in the third. Ouderkirk collected a Geneseo turnover at the blue line and fed Maxime Borduas outside the right post for a short finish. 
  • The Knights scored back-to-back goals in a 1:01 span to make it a 3-2 game with 13:00 left in regulation. First-year forward Henry Cleghorn flipped a puck on goal during a right-wing rush that dropped into the net behind a crowded crease at 14:01. 
  • Following the ensuing face-off, sophomore forward Dan Bosio chipped a puck on the Norwich goal from the right boards. Norwich goalie Tom Aubruns tried to stick the puck away, but Knights' sophomore forward Carson Kelley, pounced on the loose puck and scored inside the left post from close range. 
  • Geneseo pulled senior goalie Devin McDonald with under two minutes remaining in regulation, but it was Norwich sealing the victory with an empty-net goal by Dave Robertson with 29 seconds on the clock. 

GAME NOTES 

  • Geneseo trailed after two periods for only the third time this season and was held to two goals for only the fourth. 
  • Geneseo made its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in the last six years, also playing to the Frozen Four in 2014 and 2016. 
  • Geneseo senior goalie Devin McDonald was credited with 20 saves in the loss, finishing his career fifth in NCAA history with a 70-14-13 record. 
  • Geneseo finished the season with a 25-2-2 record for the highest win total in its 44-year histroy.