SUNYAC breakthrough for Blue Devils
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fredonia State won its first SUNYAC game of the season Friday, a 4-2 win over Buffalo State.
Steve Rizer’s (Smithtown, NY) shorthanded goal proved to be the game-winner for the Blue Devils (3-2-0, 1-2-0 SUNYAC).
The loss dropped Buffalo State to 1-3-1 overall, 1-2-0 in the conference.
Buffalo State's Shareef Labreche (Markham/Markham District) opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 2:39 into the game. Fredonia State answered with a power-play tally of its own just 2:05 later by James Muscatello (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), and then Chris Jung (Sandy, Utah) gave the Blue Devils the lead late in the period just seconds after another Bengals’ penalty ended.
Rizer’s shorthanded goal was the only marker of the second period. It pushed the Blue Devils lead to 3-1. Buffalo State pulled to within one just 1:04 into the third period on a one-timer by Nicholas Petriello (St. Catharines, Ont./Holy Cross). Matt Hehr (Sherwood Park, Alberta) reclaimed the two-goal lead for the Blue Devils with a nice individual effort to complete the scoring with more than 15 minutes remaining.
Fredonia State outshot the Bengals, 26-25, but Buffalo State had a 13-2 advantage in the final period. Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) had 23 stops for Fredonia State. Alan Fritch (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) made 22 saves for the Bengals.
The Blue Devils were 1 for 7 with the man-advantage, compared to 1 of 5 for Buffalo State.
Fredonia State is back on the road Saturday at Elmira. Game time is 7 p.m.