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DATE: Sat., Feb. 4, 2006

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Men's Hockey

Geneseo overtakes Devils in SUNYAC standings

GENESEO, N.Y. -- No. 10 ranked Geneseo took advantage of its opportunities to defeat Fredonia State, 3-1, in a SUNYAC game for second place.

The Ice Knights (14-6-2, 8-4-0 SUNYAC) scored twice on power plays and once just after a Fredonia State penalty had expired to move one point ahead of the Blue Devils (12-8-3, 6-3-3 SUNYAC) with two games to play for each team. Both teams trail Oswego, 9-3 winners over Potsdam in another SUNYAC game Saturday.

After a scoreless first period, Fredonia State broke on top, 1-0, on a power-play goal by Will Barlow, his fifth of the season, from Kyle Bozoian and Steve Albert at 17:50 of the second period.

Geneseo drew even at 1-1 on goal by Matt English with 31 seconds remaining in the period. The Ice Knights then had the better of it on special teams in the third period. They killed off three minor penalties and nearly had two power-play goals but for a two-second differential on the game clock.

The Blue Devils skated a man-down for two minutes after goaltender Rick Cazares was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct at 4:19 of the third period. The Ice Knights mounted an attack leading to a goal by Ram Sidhu at 6:21, two seconds after the Fredonia State penalty had expired.

Geneseo's Mitch Stephens added an insurance goal on a power play at 16:12, one of only 21 Geneseo shots. Cazares made 18 stops while Geneseo's Derek Jokic had 31 saves.

The game was the 500th in the head coaching career of Fredonia State's Jeff Meredith, all with the Blue Devils. He has a 264-193-43 career mark.

The Blue Devils return home to close out the regular season next weekend. They'll meet Potsdam at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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