Blue Knights shutdown Bears in SUNYAC Quarterfinals
GENESEO, N.Y.—SUNY Geneseo (17-8-1) scored five second period goals to seize control of its SUNYAC Quarterfinal matchup with the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (9-16-1) and down the Bears 8-0. David Ripple scored twice for the Ice Knights.
Geneseo was on the defensive early as Colin de Jersey was whistled for a trip just 39 seconds into the contest. Potsdam fired two shots on goal before Geneseo successfully killed off the penalty. The Ice Knights then went on the offensive, outshooting the Bears 10-1 over the rest of the period. However, Potsdam freshman goaltender Austin Keiser was strong over the first 20 minutes, keeping the contest scoreless heading into the break.
After the teams traded penalties seven seconds apart early in the second period, the Ice Knights' Alex Lubczuk scored a four-on-four marker with a wrap-around move. After the goal, Geneseo continued its momentum with back-to-back power plays. Potsdam killed the first, but Ripple scored with three seconds left in the second after his shot deflected off a Bears' defenseman and past Keiser. At the 9:25 mark, Tyler Brickler struck to make it a 3-0 Ice Knights' lead. Potsdam freshman forward Jake Rivera had a goal waved off 48 seconds later. Geneseo made the Bears pay 37 seconds after that as Ryan Donnelly beat Keiser glove-side. Junior goalie Shane Talarico replaced Keiser after the goal. At 16:49, the Ice Knights went on a five-minute power play and Zachary Vit added a fifth goal 49 seconds later. Potsdam trailed 5-0 after 40 minutes.
Nate Brown made it 6-0 1:40 into the second period, while still on the major power play. At the 6:26 mark, Corbin Rosmarin scored another power play goal. Less than two minutes later, Carson Schell buried the puck off a scramble in front. At 13:52, Ripple notched his second to cap the scoring at 9-0.
In goal, Keiser allowed four goals on 23 shots over the first 30:40, while Talarico gave up five on 33 shots in the final 29:20. Bryan Haude stopped all 22 shots he faced to record the first shutout in the history of the series between the two schools. The Bears were 0-4 on the man advantage and Geneseo was 4-7.
The contest marks the end of the careers of Potsdam seniors Matt Viola and Brett Water.