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Devils rally to tie Brockport
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State spotted Brockport an early lead before rallying for a 3-3 overtime tie Saturday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.
Down 3-0 in the first period, the Blue Devils (5-4-2, 3-3-1 SUNYAC) closed within one before the period was over and knotted the score on the first collegiate goal by freshman Pat Capella (Syracuse/The Gunnery School) at 3:11 of the third period.
The teams played scoreless hockey the first of the third period and for the five-minute overtime.
The Golden Eagles (4-6-4, 2-2-3), coming off a heartbreaking 4-4 tie Friday at Buffalo State, gained early momentum Friday. Gordon Pritchard (Yorkton, Sask.) scored at 3:12, and again at 10:04, to give the visitors of a 2-0 lead. The goals were Pritchard's fifth and sixth of the season. Chris Koras (Toronto, Ont.) had an assist on both goals.
Aaron Boyer (Calgary, Alberta) put Brockport up 3-0 with an unassisted goal at 16:40 of the first period. That set the stage for the Fredonia State comeback, beginning with a goal by Jeff Sylvester (Windsor, Ont.), his first of the season, at 16:40. Then, a tick before the horn sounded to end the first period, Bryan Goudy (Port Huron, Mich.) scored his second goal in as many nights, and his third of the year, to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The teams played a scoreless second period, which saw Brockport switch goaltenders. The starter, Todd Sheridan (Edison, N.J.), left the game after making 12 saves on 14 shots. His replacement, Greg Van't Hof (Toronto, Ont.), entered with 11:06 left in the period and proceeded to make 23 saves -- including 18 in the third period -- through the remainder of the game.
The lone shot Van't Hof didn't stop was the goal by Capella, who was playing in only his third game of the season. Scott Bradley (Belleville, Ont.) and Richard Boyce (Mississauga, Ont.) picked up assists.
Fredonia State goaltender Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) stopped 22 of 25 shots after making 39 saves in a 2-1 victory Friday over Geneseo.
The Blue Devils close out their first semster with home games next Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.) vs. Neumann College, the No. 8 ranked team in the most recent USCHO.com Division III poll.