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DATE: Fri., Oct. 26, 2007

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Men's Hockey

Turnover sets up winning Utica goal

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State dropped its home opener to Utica College, 2-1, on an overtime goal by Joe Watson.

A neutral zone turnover by the Blue Devils (1-1-1) set up the game-winner with 8.2 seconds remaining in the extra five-minute period. Utica's Matt Fitzgibbons (Natick, Mass.) gathered in the puck and slid a pass across to Watson (St. Louis, Mo.) on the left wing. Watson broke in alone, deked Fredonia State junior goalkeeper Kevin Amborski (Bloomfield) to one side, then shoveled the puck into the opposite side of the net.

Amborski finished with 28 saves while Utica senior goalkeeper Adam Dekker (Muskegon, Mich.) stopped 26 shots as the Pioneers opened their season with the win.

Fredonia State had nine power-play chances but only converted one time when senior Neal Sheehan (Avon Lake, Ohio) scored his first goal of the season at 9:45 of the second period. A shot from the point by junior Colin Sarfeh (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) bounced off the end boards out to Sheehan, who was skating down the opposite wing. Dekker was out of position as Sheehan scored into the vacated net. Sarfeh and junior Bryan Goudy (Port Huron, Mich.) were credited with assists.

The Pioneers countered with a power-play goal of their early in the third period. A scramble for the loose puck in front of Amborski ended with Sean Farley (Park Ridge, Ill.) scoring the equalizer, from Jeff Pappalardi (Delmar) and Bryce Dale (Fresno, Calif.) at 4:07.

The two teams meet again Saturday at Steele Hall. Face-off is 7 p.m., preceded by the ceremonial raising of the 2007 SUNYAC Championship banner at approximately 6:45 p.m.

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