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DATE: Fri., Nov. 4, 2005

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Men's Hockey

Devils open with tie

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Fredonia State and Cortland opened up SUNYAC play Friday evening, skating to a 2-all overtime tie.

Down 2-1, Fredonia State forged the tie at 6:17 into the third period. Evan DiValintino (Burlington, Ont.) scored on assists from Joe Muli (Sioux Lookout, Ont.) and Scott Bradley (Belleville, Ont.). Immediately after the goal, things heated up as several scrums developed. A total of six penalties on four players resulted. The Devil's Neal Sheehan (Avon Lake, Ohio) and Cortland's Chris Corso were hit with Game Disqualifications.

The Devils (3-1-1, 0-0-1 SUNYAC) had opened the scoring with a power play goal 17:08 into the first stanza. Jim Gilbride (Parma, Ohio) connected for his first score of the season. Sheehan and Muli assisted.

Cortland (1-3-1, 0-0-1 SUNYAC) answered back just :20 later with a Ryan LaShomb goal. Aaron Cowieson was given the assist.

The Red Dragons would take the lead just over three minutes into the second period. Matt Goslant scored from Tom Girard.

The teams skated to a scoreless 5:00 overtime. Cortland nearly won the game with a man advantage and :04 remaining in the overtime. Fredonia State's goalie Rick Cazares (San Jose, Cal.) stopped a flurry of shots in front of the net and covered the puck. Following a pile-up resulting in a loose puck, Cortland put the puck in the goal. However, the referees ruled no goal, blowing the whistle just prior to the near score.

The Devils did hold a 44-24 advantage in shots on goal, but could only slip two past Red Devil net-minder Matt Meacham. Cazares stopped 22 shots for Fredonia State. Cortland was 0 for 11 on power plays, while the Devils converted once in six opportunities.

The Devils had won an early season non-league matchup between the same two teams, 3-2, at the SUNAYC Challenge at Fredonia State.

The Devils travel to Oswego for a 3:00 game on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on the Fredonia State website and on the campus radio station, WDVL 89.5 FM.

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