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Sarfeh's game-winner completes third-period flurry
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- A flurry of goals in the third period ended with Fredonia State's Colin Sarfeh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) scoring the game-winner for a 4-3 SUNYAC victory over Brockport.
The teams combined for three goals in less than two minutes, two by the Blue Devils (10:6-3, 6-2-2 SUNYAC), who with the win moved within one point of second place in the conference standings.
First, Richard Boyce (Mississaugua, Ont.) scored an unassisted goal from a wide angle with a soft shot which eluded Brockport goaltender Todd Sheridan (Edison, N.J.) on the short side at 12:38 of the third period. The Golden Eagles (6-11-2, 3-6-1 SUNYAC) countered at 13:39 with a goal by Chris Koras (Toronto, Ont.) to forge a 3-3 tie.
Sarfeh's unassisted goal -- his fifth of the season -- came at 14:04 during a wild scramble in front of Sheridan. Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson argued that the puck had not cross the goal-line to no avail.
It was the second time in the game goals came quickly. The Blue Devils scored twice in a span of 42 seconds of the first period to grab a 2-0 lead. Andrew Hess (Bowling Green, Ohio) opened the scoring at 13:10, while Alex Morton (Cannington, Ont.) doubled the margin ata 13:52. Steve Albert (Port Huron, Mich.) earned an assist on each of the goals.
Brockport used its special teams to mount a rally. Sean O'Malley (Lakewood, Ohio) scored a power-play goal at 14:50 of the second period, his team's lone conversion in five power-play chances in the game. Steve Seedhouse (Whitby, Ont.) knotted the score at 2-2 with a short-handed goal at the 4:33 mark of the third period.
The Blue Devils, 0 of 6 on the power play, were outshot their guests 42-39 with Brockport's Sheridan making 35 saves and Fredonia State's Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) making 39.
Fredonia State returns to SUNYAC action Saturday vs. Geneseo. Faceoff in the Steele Hall Ice Arena is 7 p.m. The Blue Devils will enter the game one point back of second-place Oswego, which was dealt a 3-2 overtime loss Friday by first-place Plattsburgh.