Devils will seek to contain Bengals
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State will look to slow down Buffalo State's high-powered offense when the SUNYAC rivals meet 7 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
The Bengals (3-5-0, 2-2-0 SUNYAC), coached by former Blue Devil assistant Nick Carriere, lead the conference with 20 goals in four conference games and are tied with Oswego for the conference lead with 29 goals in all games.
A big chunk of the Bengal scoring came in a 10-2 home win over Cortland last Friday night. They also have a 6-3 victory over Potsdam against losses to Plattsburgh (4-2) and Oswego (3-2 in overtime).
"We don't have any guys who are a point a game and they have three," Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said. "We will have to take care of the puck, avoid times where we give them chances on transition and be opportunistic when we get our chances."
The Blue Devils (3-4-1, 1-3-0 SUNYAC) have scored 12 goals in the conference and 24 goals all season -- output that has Meredith concerned. Practices this week was devoted to putting the puck on net and crashing for rebounds.
He is also counting on the lift playing Buffalo State brings to his team. The Blue Devils were 2-1 winners when the teams met Oct. 18 at Cortland in the SUNYAC Challenge.
"Games with Buffalo State are always intense," Meredith said. "Name the reason ... that we are travel partners and only 45 miles away, that we have knocked them out of the playoffs the last two years, or that their coach is a former assistant coach at Fredonia. Those games are always battles."
The puck drops at 7 p.m.