GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo travels to Geneva N.Y. to take on Hobart in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this Saturday (March 10) at 7:00 p.m.
The Knights earned an automatic bid to the tournament after defeating Fredonia, 7-1, in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship game last Saturday to win their second title in three years.
Hobart (18-5-5) also earned an automatic bid to the 12-team tournament after posting a 3-0 shutout at defending national champion Norwich (Vt.) in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Championship game last week.
Saturday's winner will advance to play either Colby (Maine) or the University of New England (Maine) in a second-round contest next Saturday (March 17) at a time and site to be determined with a berth in the Frozen Four (March 23, Lake Placid, N.Y., Herb Brooks Arena) on the line.
FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE GAME
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Fans can watch a webcast of Saturday's game by logging on to GeneseoKnights.com. Live statistics will also be available, along with audio provided by Geneseo's student radio station, WGSU FM. Sam Cooper (PBP) and Nate Sharman (Color) will be on the call.
GENESEO IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Geneseo is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, including the third in five seasons. The Knights defeated Salve Regina (R.I.), 7-1, and Williams (Mass.), 2-1, in a pair of home games to open the 2016 tournament before falling to eventual national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-1, in a national semifinal game played at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. Two years prior, the Knights turned an at-large bid into wins over Nichols (Mass.), 3-2, and Norwich (Vt.), 3-2, for the first two NCAA Tournament victories in program history. Playing in its first-ever national semifinal, Geneseo fell to eventual national champion St. Norbert (Wisc.), 6-2, in a game played in Lewiston, Maine. The Knights made back-to-back NCAA Tournament showings in 2005 and 2006 along with their first appearance in 1990.
GENESEO IN THE SUNYAC
Geneseo closed the regular season with a 10-3-3 record in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) to clinch the second-seed for the postseason tournament. Receiving a first-round bye to the semifinals, the Knights defeated third-seeded Buffalo State, 5-2, at home, before moving past fifth-seeded Fredonia, 7-1, in the championship game for their fifth conference crown. Geneseo won the 2016 championship, back-to-back crowns in 2005 and 2006, and its first title in 1986.
GENESEO VS. HOBART
Saturday marks the 71st all-time meeting between Geneseo and Hobart. The Knights lead the all-time series, 41-26-3, but Hobart has won the last three meetings, including a 3-2 decision (Jan. 24, 2017) in Geneseo last year. The Knights are 21-16-1 in 38 games played in Geneva, defeating the Statesmen, 4-3 in 2013 (Nov. 15) while falling, 7-1, in 2016 (Jan. 8) in their most recent trip to The Cooler. Geneseo won the first-ever meeting, 10-2 (Feb. 10, 1978), before the Statesmen returned the favor with a 10-2 victory over the visiting Knights to kick off the following season (Dec. 6, 1979).