GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward Arthur Gordon scored two goals while sophomore forward David Szmyd added a goal and two assists to lead the No. 7 Knights to a 6-1 victory over visiting Cortland in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's ice hockey action, Saturday.
Coupled with Potsdam's 3-2 win over Buffalo State in the night's other action, Geneseo (16-5-3, 9-3-3 SUNYAC) clinched the second seed for the SUNYAC Tournament, which includes a first-round bye and a semifinal home game on Saturday, Feb. 24 against an opponent to be determined.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneso opened the scoring after Szmyd took a pass at the red line and finished a rush down the right boards at 13:44 of the first period.
- Five minutes later, first-year forward Carson Kelley re-directed a shot by junior defenseman Duggie Lagrone into the back of the Red Dragon net to carry a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
- Geneseo scored two goals in the first four minutes of the second period to open a 4-0 lead. Sophomore forward Andrew Romano skated the puck into the Cortland zone and slid a pass to the right face-off circle where sophomore forward Conlan Keenan evaded a Red Dragon defender to score on a wrist shot at 18:18.
- Sophomore defenseman Tanner Salsberry took a feed on the right wing and split two defenders to beat Cortland goalie Drew Weigman with a back-handed flip inside the left post with 16:00 on the clock.
- Cortland got on the board with a power-play goal at 4:18, but the Knights answered with their own extra-man tally a minute later on a wrist shot by Gordon at 3:03 for a 5-1 lead heading into the third period.
- Gordon got loose to snap home another wrist shot with 14:58 remaining in regulation to close the scoring.
- Geneseo finished the game with a 54-11 shooting advantage for its second-highest shot total of the season. The Knights compiled 60 shots in a 9-5 setback to University of New England (Jan. 5).
- Junior goalie Devin McDonald made 10 saves to earn his 15th victory, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the nation this season.
- Keenan scored at least one point for the 14th-striaght game.
- Gordon has scored six points, including four goals in the Knights' last four games.
Geneseo will close the regular season hosting Brockport next Saturday (Jan. 17) for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.