GENESEO - Fredonia State stayed within striking distance Friday until the final two minutes of a 5-0 SUNYAC road loss to Geneseo in men's hockey.
The Blue Devils (5-12-1 overall, 2-6-0 SUNYAC) trailed 2-0 before the Ice Knights (11-5-1 overall, 7-1-1 SUNYAC) erupted for three goals in a span of 1:08, two of them into an empty net. The first of the three goals came with 1:45 left, the last of the three with 37 seconds remaining.
The outburst came shortly after Geneseo killed off a five-minute major penalty. The best chance for the Blue Devils came on a shot by Tyler Sheppard. Geneseo goaltender Adrian Rubeniuk made a sprawling save.
Rubeniuk finished with 27 saves while recording the shutout. Mark Friesen allowed three goals and made 27 saves for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils came out aggressively and outshot the Ice Knights 9-7 in the first period, which ended scoreless.
The game remained scoreless until Geneseo's David Ripple scored his first of two goals in a span of just more than five minutes of the second period. His first goal came on a power play following a shot from the point, and his second with a quick wrister from the right faceoff circle.
Friesen also stopped the Ice Knights on a 2-on-1 rush during the period.
The Blue Devils had a power-play chance while trailing 1-0. Alex Perkins had the best scoring opportunity during the sequence when his shot from the right wing deflected off a player in front of the net and came to rest near the crease, where Rubeniuk covered the puck.
The Blue Devils came out hard again to start the third period by pushing up into their offensive zone. When the Ice Knights managed to break out, Friesen was equal to the task. Twice he kept Ripple from scoring a natural hat trick, first when Ripple drifted away from defenders and received a pass from the halfboards directly in front of the net, and later in the shift on a shot from the left circle which Friesen gloved.
The Ice Knights seemed to gain momentum after killing off the major penalty and put the game away on goals by Tyler Brickler, Corbin Rosmarin, and Brent Bisdee. The goals by Brickler and Rosmarin were empty-netters.
Fredonia State's aggression was evident on faceoffs. Theywon 30 of 49 draws through the first two periods, and finished with an 45-27 advantage overall. Matt Owczarczak won 15 of 22 draws to lead in the category.
The Blue Devils are back in action today at Brockport. Game time is 7 p.m.
FSU competes in?Texas
Fredonia State Diving participated in the first day of competition of the Trinity Diving Invitational in San Antonio, Texas on Friday.
All five Fredonia divers posted qualifying scores for the NCAA Division III Championships in the eleven dive meet. This entitiles them to compete at the Zone qualifiers at Ithaca College on March 1-2.
Trinity's defending NCAA Champion won the women's 3-meter event at 460.35 points. Fredonia's Sarah Ficarro finished second at 441.35. This was the same order the two divers finished at the NCAA Championships in March of 2012 at Indianapolis.
Fredonia junior Katelyn Haley's score of 437.35 earned third place in a personal-best effort. Fellow classmates Ashley Keller and Breena Cogliandro placed fifth and sixth, respectively, with scores of 416.10 and 415.10. The NCAA standard for potential participants at the national championships is 410. Ashley Heline of Trinity finished fourth in the contest.
In the men's 1-meter event, defending SUNYAC champion, Ryan Fuller, captured first place with a score of 470.35. The Fredonia senior outdistanced the nearest competition by more than 100 points. Ryan's six-dive score of 280.10 surpassed the minimum qualifying mark.
The men will compete on the 3-meter board and women will dive on the 1-meter board today.