Devils score to support Yelich
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State completed its weekend sweep of Western New England with a 7-1 win Saturday afternoon at the Steele Hall Arena.
Senior reserve goaltender Kyle Yelich (Fredonia) stopped 27 of 28 shots while making his first collegiate start and only his second appearance over three seasons as a Blue Devil.
Offensively, sophomore Bryan Ross (Livonia, Mich) had three goals -- his 10th, 11th, and 12th of the year -- while freshman Mitch Kulikoski (Calgary, Alberta) had his first two as a Blue Devil in his most extensive duty to date.
Junior captain Chris de Bruyn (Calgary, Alberta) and freshman Mike Muhs (Rochester, N.Y.) each had a goal. For Muhs, it too was his first goal as a collegian.
The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Ross at 1:10 of the first period, then made it 2-0 later in the period as de Bruyn scored his fourth of the year. Ross scored twice in the first nine minutes of the second period before Western New England's Nico Santanello (East Longmeadow, Mass.) ruined Yelich's shutout bid with a power-play goal at 13:52 of the second period. Muhs closed on the period with his goal, while Kulikoski score twice to account for the only scoring of the third period.
The Blue Devils, ranked No. 4 in scoring in all of NCAA Division III (an average of 5.00 goals per game before Saturday's game), kept up the offensive pressure with 51 shots after taking 60 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Golden Bears on Friday night.
The Blue Devils return to SUNYAC competition for the remainder of the regular season starting with a Jan. 22 visit to Cortland.