No. 2 Men's Ice Hockey Defeats Lebanon Valley, 6-2, For 11th-Consecutive Victory

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward Conlan Keenan scored two goals to lead the No. 2 Knights to a 6-2 victory over visiting Lebanon Valley, Friday. Geneseo extended its program-record winning streak to 11. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Lebanon Valley opened the scoring with 16:31 on the first-period clock after first-year forward Tino Alunni threw a puck at the right post from a low angle that trickled under the pads of Geneseo senior goalie Devin McDonald
  • The Knights responded with back-to-back goals in a 44-second span to take a 2-1 lead. Junior defenseman Cam Russell circled the top of the zone and scored on a shot from the right face-off circle at 6:32. Junior defenseman Will Campion then gloved a clearing attempt at the top of the Dutchmen zone down to Keenan, who skated on goal to score on a glove-side-high wrist shot. 
  • Senior defenseman Duggie Lagrone notched an end-to-end power-play tally with 3:10 left in the first period. Picking up a puck behind the Knights' net, he out-skated two Dutchmen defenders to the red line before splitting two others in the low slot to score on a short wrist shot.
  •  With 3:40 left in the second period, junior forward Tyson Empey sent a pass from the right slot in front to Keenan, who flipped a puck over the sprawling Dutchmen goalie for a power play tally. 
  • Lebanon Valley finished a 2-on-1 break 56 seconds into the third period after senior center TJ Sneath scored on a close-range tip inside the left post off a left-wing pass from first-year forward Justin Hall. 
  • Geneseo tacked on two more goals in a 1:12 span to put the game out of reach. Sophomore forward Carson Kelley found sophomore forward Dan Bosio in front for a tally at 12:56, before first-year forward Henry Cleghorn notched his first collegiate tally on a short rebound in front of the Dutchmen crease at 11:44. 

GAME NOTES 

  • McDonald earned his 60th career victory, becoming only the 16th goalie in NCAA Division III history to achieve the plateau. 
  • Keenan entered the evening ranked first nationally in scoring and tied for fourth in goals. Totaling 31 points on 15 goals and 16 assists, he is the first player in the country to surpass 30 points this winter and is also one point shy of breaking into the program's top-25 career scoring leaders with 105 points (56 goals, 49 assists) to date. 
  • Senior forward Andrew Romano went without a point for the first time in 16-consecutive games, breaking the longest active scoring streak in men's ice hockey across all three NCAA divisions. 
  • The Knights finished the game with a 55-11 advantage in shots, only trailing the 58 shots they took in the 10-0 season-opening victory over King's (Pa.) (Oct. 26) this season. 
  • No other Geneseo men's ice hockey team has been unbeaten in 11-straight games. Four others had strung together a record 10-games without a loss, most recently during in 1997-98 (9-0-1).

WHAT'S NEXT 

Geneseo will host Stevenson (Md.) Saturday (Jan. 12) for a 3:00 p.m. face-off.