BRIGHTON, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward David Szmyd tallied a goal and an assist while junior defenseman Tanner Salsberry scored what proved to be the game-winning goal as the No. 2 Knights came back for a 4-3 victory at Nazareth, Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Nazareth opened scoring in the first minute of the game. Following a Knights holding penalty after 38 seconds, David Powlowski gave the Golden Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 11 seconds later.
- Geneseo scored twice in an eight-second span to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore defenseman Kyle Hartman collected a rebound at the top of the slot and scored on a slap shot at 4:16. On the ensuing face-off, senior forward Andrew Romano took a right-wing slap shot that deflected of the Nazareth goalie's pads to the left face-off dot. Szmyd one-timed a diving wrist shot inside the left post with 4:08 on the clock.
- Nazareth started the second period with back-to-back goals, including one after only 46 seconds and a power-play tally at the 15:40 mark.
- Keenan backhanded a short rebound inside the right post at 14:49 before Salsberry notched what proved to be the game-winner on a short rebound in front at 12:33.
- Geneseo hadn't allowed a goal since the third period of its 3-1 victory at Williams (Nov. 25), compiling 193:39 of scoreless hockey over a five-game span.
- Hartman and Szmyd's first-period goals were the fifth-fastest consecutive tallies in NCAA Division III men's ice hockey history. They were also the quickest since Manhattanville's Nolan Marshall and Eric McClure scored in a three-second span versus Elmira on Jan. 23, 2015. Wisconsin-Stout scored twice in a record two seconds versus Minnesota State-Mankato (Jan. 23, 1976).
- Already the longest winning streak in program history, Geneseo notched its 10th-consecutive victory to tie the longest unbeaten streak. It is the fifth time the Knights have played 10 games without a loss and first since the 1997-98 squad pieced together a 9-0-1 streak.
- Senior goalie Devin McDonald finished one-save short of a season high, compiling 27 stops to improve to 12-1-1 this winter.
Geneseo hosts Lebanon Valley next Friday (Jan. 11) at 7:00 p.m. before welcoming Stevenson (Md.) on Saturday (Jan. 12) for a 3:00 p.m. faceoff.