No. 7/8 Men's Ice Hockey Too Much For Lebanon Valley, 7-2

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward Stephen Collins and first-year forward David Szmyd each tallied two goals and an assist to lead the No. 7/8 Knights to a 7-2 victory over visiting Lebanon Valley, Friday. 

The Knights notched the lone goal of the first period less than four minutes into the contest as Szmyd finished off a rush on the Dutchmen goal. 

In the second, sophomore forward Anthony Marra brought the puck down the right wing and sent a perfect pass to the left post for a tap-in by first-year forward Tyson Empey for a 2-0 lead with 16:16 on the clock. The goal was the first of Empey's career at Geneseo. 

Just under five minute later, Collins collected a short save off the stick of sophomore goalie Devon McDonald and sent a great pass to center ice that Szmyd collected at the red line before out-skating the Dutchmen defense to score on a low shot inside the left post with 11:22 remaining. 

Lebanon Valley (3-10-2) got on the board with 4:46 left in the period after a long clearing pass off a face-off in the Geneseo zone deflected forward off a Knights defender in the neutral zone where PJ Heffernin pounced on the loose puck and skated in alone to beat McDonald. Collins answered with 31 seconds remaining in the period on a shot from the top of the slot off a cross-ice feed from senior defender Pat Condon as the Knights held a 4-1 lead at the second intermission. 

Geneseo (10-2-2) put the game away with three-unanswered goals in the third. First-year forward Devin Brink had a shot deflect off a defender in front of the Dutchmen net at the 16:16 mark before first-year forward Andrew Romano finished off a rush with 13:47 remaining. With 2:35 to play, Collins tipped a shot from the point by first-year defender Cam Russell out of the air and past Lebanon Valley keeper Joel Eisenhower to close the Geneseo scoring. 

Eisenhower was credited with 34 saves as the Knights finished with a 41-24 advantage in shots. McDonald stopped 22 to preserve his ninth win of the season. 

Geneseo returns to action on Saturday to host Stevens (Md.) for a 3:00 p.m. matinee.