Season Opens With Exhibitions and Fredonia Tournament
A few teams have already hit the ice as the 2000-01 SUNYAC season slowly ramps up.
Oswego State and Brockport State both beat Humber College, 8-0 and 9-7, respectively. In the Brockport contest, Nick Smyth scored five times, three of them shorthanded. Oswego then traveled to Fredonia for the Blue Devil Tournament and split, losing to RIT, 6-3, then blowing out Neumann, 11-0. The host team also split, first beating Neumann, 4-2, then losing to RIT, 7-2. Earlier, Fredonia State lost to Seneca College, 4-3.
Previous Week’s Results
10/15/00 Seneca College 4, Fredonia 2 Exhibition
10/15/00 Oswego 8, Humber College 0 Exhibition
10/17/00 Brockport 9, Humber College 7 Exhibition
10/20/00 RIT 6, Oswego 3 Blue Devil Invitational
10/20/00 Fredonia 4, Neumann 2 Blue Devil Invitational
10/21/00 Oswego 11, Neumann 0 Blue Devil Invitational Consolation
10/21/00 RIT 7, Fredonia 2 Blue Devil Invitational Championship
Games This Week
10/24/2000 Fredonia at Findlay NC 7:05 ET
10/27/2000 RIT vs Geneseo NC 4:00 ET Chase Tournament
10/27/2000 Hobart at Brockport NC 7:00 ET Chase Tournament
10/27/2000 Lawrence at Buffalo State NC 7:00 ET All Sports Invitational
10/27/2000 Johnson and Wales vs Fredonia NC 4:00 ET All Sports Invitational
10/27/2000 Cortland at Potsdam NC 7:00 ET Pepsi Invitational
10/28/2000 Brockport vs Geneseo/RIT NC 4:00/7:30 ET Chase Tournament
10/28/2000 Brockport/Hobart at Geneseo NC 4:00/7:30 ET Chase Tournament
10/28/2000 Lawrence vs Fredonia NC 4:00 ET All Sports Invitational
10/28/2000 Johnson and Wales at Buffalo State NC 7:00 ET All Sports Invitational
10/28/2000 Cortland vs Neumann NC 3:00 ET Pepsi Invitational
10/28/2000 Elmira at Oswego NC 7:00 ET
10/28/2000 Humber College at Plattsburgh EX 7:00 ET
10/29/2000 Neumann at Potsdam NC 3:00 ET Pepsi Invitational
PLATTSBURGH — The Cardinals have yet to start their season. They open up by hosting Humber College.
POTSDAM — The Bears start the year hosting the Pepsi Invitational, where they play Cortland State on Friday, then wait till Sunday before taking on Neumann.
OSWEGO — The Great Lakers started early this year with a big 8-0 victory over Humber College. The offense got out quickly as Oswego State scored three times in a 2:18 span in the first period. John Sullivan scored twice while six other Oswego players netted a tally. Freshman Tyson Gajda got the shutout. Oswego had it a bit tougher a week later, facing powerhouse RIT in the first round of the Blue Devil Invitational. In a penalty-filled contest, Oswego scored two power-play goals, but let in four and ultimately lost the game 6-3. Just a minute in, Kevin Klesspies scored with Oswego already enjoying a five-on-three power play. However, RIT scored the next four goals before Joe Pecoraro and John Sullivan scored in the third to cut the deficit to 4-3. Two more power-play goals within 30 seconds by RIT put the game away. In the consolation game, Oswego beat up on Neumann, 11-0. Once again, the scoring was shared by all as seven different Lakers tallied, with Joe Carrabs and Steve Cavallaro each getting a pair. Joe Lofberg got the win with 17 saves. Oswego hosts Elmira this weekend.
CORTLAND — The Red Dragons travel to Potsdam for the Pepsi Invitational to start their season off, facing the host team in a nonconference matchup. The next night, Cortland State plays Neumann.
GENESEO — The Ice Knights host one night of the Chase Tournament, which consists of the four Rochester, N.Y., area teams. Geneseo has to play at Brockport against RIT before coming home to play either Brockport State or Hobart.
FREDONIA — The season is not starting out very well for Fredonia: first, a loss to Seneca College, an exhibition game the Blue Devils tend to win, 4-3. Tim Polley, Marcel Hurtubise, and Jason Furness scored. In their own tournament, they beat Neumann “only” 4-2 despite outshooting their opponent, 42-13. Neumann jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Fredonia scored four unanswered goals (Lionel Crump, Hurtubise, Furness, and Christian Fletcher). Jamie Kosecki made 11 saves for a light night to put Fredonia into the final against RIT. Though the shots were close to being even, the score was anything but. RIT jumped out in front 5-0 after two periods before Dan Showalter scored, only to see RIT get two more tallies en route to a 7-2 victory. The Blue Devils next play at Findlay before going against Johnson and Wales, then Lawrence in the All Sports Invitational at Buffalo State.
BROCKPORT — Whatever your definition is of a natural hat trick, it would have to include what Nick Smyth did against Humber College as Brockport State won 9-7. After Humber took the lead, Smyth not only scored three consecutive goals, two in the first and one in the second, but they were all shorthanded. Smyth wasn’t done as he would add a power-play goal in the second and an even-strength goal in the third period for a total of five on the night. Brendon Marineau scored twice and Dave Braunstein and Adam Prescott got a single tally apiece as all three Golden Eagles’ goaltenders say action. Brockport hosts the first night of the Chase Tournament and faces Hobart, then travels the next night to Geneseo to meet either RIT or Geneseo State.
BUFFALO STATE — The Bengals open the season by hosting the All Sports Invitational. They will play Lawrence, then Johnson and Wales.
Game of the Week
Oswego is putting itself to the test early in the season. First it was RIT last week, and now Elmira. This time it is at the Romney Field House, and it promises to be the best matchup of the week.