GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's ice hockey team opens the 2017-18 postseason hosting Buffalo State in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals with a berth in next Saturday's conference championship game on the line.
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ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
- The Knights clinched the second seed and a first-round bye after finishing the SUNYAC regular season with a 10-3-3 mark. It is the eighth-straight season Geneseo has made the postseason.
- Sophomore forward Conlan Keenan landed first-team All-SUNYAC honors, Thursday, along with senior defenseman Pat Condon. Keenan leads the SUNYAC and is tied for 17th nationally with 36 points, including 17 goals that are tied for second in the conference and 14th in the country, while Condon is tied for sixth among SUNYAC defenseman with 14 points including eight assists that are tied for ninth.
- Sophomore forward Tyson Empey, who was voted to the second team, leads the SUNYAC and is tied for seventh nationally with 19 goals, including 10 power-play tallies that are tied for the second-highest mark in Division III.
- Junior defenseman Duggie Lagrone (3rd Team) is tied for 10th among the nation's defensemen with 23 points, including 17 assists that are tied for eighth among blue-liners
- Junior goalie Devin McDonald (3rd Team) ranks fifth in the nation with a 1.80 goals against average and sits 24th with a .925 save percentage. Tied for fourth in victories, McDonald's .795 winning percentage (16-3-3) also ranks sixth among Division III goalies.
- Geneseo is in the hunt for its second SUNYAC Championship in the last three years after winning the 2016 title.
ABOUT THE BENGALS
- Seeded third for the tournament, Buffalo State qualified for its seventh-consecutive appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals with a 4-3 victory over visiting Potsdam on Tuesday.
- First-year forward Vadim Vasjonkin tallied two goals and an assist while sophomore defenseman Michael Anthony Guerrera added two assists to lead the offense. Tied, 1-1, early in the second period, Vasjonnkin scored twice during a 3-0 run that gave the Bengals a 4-1 edge with 11:48 on the clock. Potsdam scored a pair of goals to make it a one-goal affair with 1:50 left in regulation, but senior goalie Ian Sylves registered three of his 28 saves in the final two minutes to help preserve the victory.
- Named a SUNYAC First-Team honoree on Thursday, Sylves is tied for 11th in Division III with a .931 save percentage while leading the nation with five shutouts. Also ranked 15th with a 1.91 goals against average, he was credited with a season-high 39 saves in a 4-2 victory at Plattsburgh (Feb. 9) and also had 36 stops in a 4-3 win at Fredonia (Jan. 27).
- Sophomore forward Anthony Passero was named a SUNYAC Third-Team pick and leads Buffalo State with 28 points, including 21 assists that are tied for the 24th-highest total in the nation.
- Tabbed a First-Team All-SUNYAC pick, Guerrera is tied with first-year forward Reid Bibb for second on the team with 26 points on nine goals and 17 assists each.
- Junior forward Mac Wood leads the squad with 13 goals, including two in the victory at Fredonia. Senior forward Zach Nieminen is second with 10 goals, including a hat-trick in a 7-1 home win over Plattsburgh (Dec. 1).
The winner of Saturday's game advances to the SUNYAC Championship to face either top-seeded Oswego or fifth-seeded Fredonia. The highest remaining seed will host the game next Saturday (March 3) at 7:00 p.m.