No. 5 Men's Ice Hockey Opens Season With 3-2 Victory At Nazareth

BRIGHTON, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore forward Arthur Gordon totaled a goal and an assist to lead the No. 5 Knights to a 3-2 season-opening victory at Nazareth, Friday, at the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex. 

Senior forward Jack Ceglarski and senior forward Trevor Hills also tallied a goal apiece while sophomore goalie Devin McDonald compiled 21 saves to preserve the victory. 

After a scoreless first period, Ceglarski got the Knights (1-0) on the board in the second following a pair of Nazareth (0-1) penalties. The captain converted the two-man advantage, finishing off a right-wing feed from Gordon with a low-slot shot inside the right post with 11:07 on the clock. 

Nazareth evened the score with 6:31 left in the period. Geneseo went on the power play following a Golden Flyer tripping penalty, but it was sophomore forward Brad Pizzey taking control of the ensuing face-off and beating McDonald for the short-handed goal. 

The Knights answered with a short-handed goal of their own less than four minutes later. Junior defenseman Braxton Bilous caused a turnover in the neutral zone where Gordon took control of the puck and out-skated a Golden Flyer defender to beat Nazareth senior goalie Brandon Lane with a low shot with 3:04 on the clock. 

Hills got into the action with 57 second left in the period, finishing an odd-man rush off a feed from senior forward Stephen Collins to stake the visitors to a 3-1 edge heading into the third period. 

Nazareth made it a one-goal game with under eight minutes left in regulation. Following a Geneseo goalie interference penalty, senior forward Justin Lacorte scored the power-play tally, but the Knights were able prevent any further damage to clinch the victory. 

Geneseo returns to action next Friday (Nov. 4), hosting SUNYAC-rival Cortland at 7:00 p.m. in the home-opener.