Devils, Brockport trade goals for 3-3 tie
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BOXSCORE: Fredonia State 3, Brockport 3 -- OT
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Alex Morton (Cannington, Ont.) scored on a rebound with 1:46 remaining to bring Fredonia State back to even for the third time and forge a 3-3 overtime tie with the Brockport Golden Eagles.
The Blue Devils trailed 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 before Morton's final equalizer, which came nine seconds after goaltender Kody VanRentergem (Leduc, Alberta) skated to the bench in favor of the extra attacker. Morton chipped in a rebound following a Blue Devil rush up the opposite wing. Bryan Ross (Livonia, Mich.) and James Muscatello (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) was credited with assists.
It was the second straight night the Blue Devils played a 3-3 SUNYAC tie at Steele Hall. As a result, they are 7-4-2 and in third place in the conference, plus 15-5-2 overall. The Golden Eagles remained in fourth place at 6-6-1 in the SUNYAC and 12-9-1 overall.
Brockport's Gregg Amato opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 6:16 of the first period. Muscatello answered at 18:48 and the period ended in a 1-1 tie.
After a scoreless second period. the see-saw swung back Brockport's way 33 seconds into the third period as Ray Tremblay bounced a puck past VanRentergem for a 2-1 Golden Eagle lead. It stayed that way until the 13:51 mark when Fredonia State's Brett Mueller (Queensbury, N.Y.), camped in front of the net, deflected a slapshot by Steve Rizer (Smithtown, N.Y.) past Brockport goaltender Todd Sheridan.
James Cody put Brockport back in front, 3-2, at 15:19 when he and Tom Galiani converted a 2-on-1 rush into the scoring zone. Following a Fredonia State timeout, the Blue Devils controlled the ensuring faceoff and pulled VanRentergem as Ross carried the puck up the left boards. Sheridan stopped Ross's shot from the left circle but was unable to slide back in time to keep Morton from chipping in the rebound.
Sheridan stopped a breakaway by Ross early in the overtime, and weathered a barrage of shots in the final 21.9 seconds after a Brockport penalty put the Blue Devils on the power play. He finished with 45 saves compared to 41 by VanRentergem.