Brockport Golden Eagles 7 Morrisville State Mustangs 6
Tuttle North Ice Arena (Attendance: 1,000)
In a third period that featured seven combined goals between the two teams, The College at Brockport’s Colby Spooner registered the game-winning goal at 14:21 of the third period to break a 6-6 tie. Brockport’s Ian Finnerty scored twice for the Golden Eagles and Morrisville’s Jonathan Cristini also netted two goals. Trailing 3-1 after the first period, the Mustangs scored two unanswered goals in the second period by Todd Hosmer and Cristini to tie the game at three. The two teams traded goals in the third period before Brockport scored two unanswered in a 27 second span to take a 6-5 lead. Hosmer tied the game at 12:16 of the third period before Spooner would net the eventual game-winning goal.
Plattsburgh Cardinals 6 Cortland Red Dragons 1
Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena (Attendance: 1,985)
Tied at one after the first period, SUNY Plattsburgh responded with five unanswered goals over the course of the final two periods to remain one point behind Oswego State for the SUNYAC lead at the halfway point of the conference season. The Cardinals scored twice on the power play, once shorthanded and once with both players a skater down. Plattsburgh’s Kyle Taylor scored twice, including the game-winning goal 43 seconds into the second period. The Red Dragons were held to just 17 shots for the game, registering a period-high seven shots in the third period. Adam Bevilacqua scored Cortland’s only goal of the game at 19:26 of the first period while shorthanded.
Oswego State Lakers 6 Potsdam Bears 4
Maxcy Hall (Attendance: 213)
It was probably more difficult than expected after a hard-fought 2-2 against Plattsburgh the night before, but the Lakers managed to put away SUNY Potsdam down the stretch thanks in part to two goals by Tyler Leimbrock. Oswego State jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period but Potsdam responded with two unanswered goals by Max Fogal and Trevor Cope to tie the game at three late in the second period. Leimbrock gave the Lakers a one-goal lead after two periods, scoring at 16:11 of the frame. Leimbrock scored his second of the game with under five minutes remaining in the game and Chris Muise added an empty-net goal for the Lakers.
Elmira Soaring Eagles 4 Fredonia Blue Devils 1
Murray Athletic Center (Attendance: 980)
All five goals came in the second period, as the Soaring Eagles closed out the frame with three unanswered goals. Brock Sawyer scored twice for Elmira and Kevin Willer finished with three assists. Fredonia’s Stephen Castriota tallied a power-play goal at 7:42 of the second period to tie the game at one, but Elmira’s Brendan Sanders broke the tie four minutes later. Elmira goaltender Darren McDonald finished with 23 saves to earn the win in net for the Soaring Eagles. Jeff Holloway started the game for the Blue Devils, but was pulled after allowing his fourth goal.
Hobart Statesmen 4 Geneseo Ice Knights 2
Geneva Recreation Center (Attendance: 145)
The Ice Knights were unable to comeback after giving up three unanswered goals over the course of the first 27 minutes of the game. Cam Miller scored Hobart’s first goal at 16:13 of the first period and Brad Richard and Greg Ciciola recorded goals in the second period for the Statesmen. Geneseo’s Jake Yard cut the deficit to 3-1 on the power play at 13:57 of the second period. The Statesmen pushed its lead back to three on Keith Clarke’s goal at 12:53 of the third period. Martin Ausserhofer earned the win for Hobart, recording 21 saves. Geneseo’s Cory Gershon took the loss for the Ice Knights, finishing with 27 saves.
Utica Pioneers 9 Buffalo State Bengals 3
Utica Memorial Auditorium (Attendance: 3,109)
Utica broke open a 3-3 game with a six-goal third period explosion fueled by a balance scoring attack. Six different players scored for Utica in the third period. Trevor McKinney’s second goal of the second period gave the Bengals a 3-2 before Josh Schmitt tied the game for the Pioneers. In the decisive third period, the Pioneers outshot the Bengals 17-8. Steve Zappia, Mike Baird and Trevor Hertz scored in a 3:52 span to give Utica a 6-3 lead. Steve Charest, Adam Graff and Jon Gaffney added goals in the second half of the third period. Buffalo State goaltender Kevin Carr was pulled after allowing Graff’s goal at 13:05.
SUNYAC Schedule 12/9/11
Utica Pioneers @ Buffalo State Bengals 7 p.m. (Wednesday, Dec. 7)
Elmira Soaring Eagles @ Brockport Golden Eagles 7 p.m.
Johnson & Wales Wildcats @ Fredonia Blue Devils 7 p.m.
Salve Regina Seahawks @ Geneseo Ice Knights 7 p.m.
Cortland Red Dragons @ New England College Pilgrims 7 p.m.
Morrisville State Mustangs @ Neumann Knights 7 p.m.
Plattsburgh Cardinals @ Norwich Cadets 7 p.m.
Potsdam Bears @ Utica Pioneers 7 p.m.