Big second-period carries Devils over WNEC
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- A third-period outburst of three goals carried Fredonia State past Western New England, 4-2, in a non-conference game Friday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.
James Muscatello (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Mat Hehr (Sherwood Park, Alberta), and Bryan Ross (Livonia, Mich.) each scored during the decisive middle period. The Blue Devils outshot their guests, 60-20, while improving to 12-4-0. The Golden Bears fell to 1-10-1.
The Blue Devils opened the scoring when Jeff Aonso (Toronto, Ont.) attempted a pass across the zone to a teammate and a Golden Bear defenseman deflected the puck into the net at 4:38 of the first period. Western New England's Joe Deptula (Anchorage, Alaska) tied the score at 1-1 at 10:37 with a shot into the open side of the net following a teammate's pass out of the opposite corner.
In the second period, Muscatello converted a 2-on-1 rush on a pass from Aonso while the teams were skating four a side. Hehr scored a power-play goal off a rebound of a blast from Ross to make it 3-1. Ross then made it 4-1 off a crossing pass from Rizer.
Hehr's goal was his 12th of the season, tying him for the team lead. It was also his team-leading fourth game-winning goal.
Western New England's Anthony Willett (Springfield, Mass.) scored 23 seconds into the third period to cut his team's deficit to 4-2, but the Golden Bears -- coached by former Blue Devil assistant Greg Heffernan -- could get no closer. Their comeback effort was stymied by three penalties, including consecutive roughing calls, late in the period.
Fredonia State's Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) made 18 saves while Western New England's Justin Richards (Somers, Conn.) stopped 56 shots.
The teams are back in action 3 p.m. Saturday at Steele Hall.