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DATE: Thurs., Feb. 8, 2007

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Blue Devils on road vs. Geneseo, Brockport

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- It's rebound weekend for the Fredonia State men's hockey team.

Coming off a pair of home losses last weekend, the Blue Devils (11-7-4, 4-5-2 SUNYAC) take to the road for a pair of SUNYAC games -- Friday at Geneseo, and Saturday at Brockport. The games start at 7 p.m. each night and will be broadcast on WCVF (88.9 FM) and webcast by Fredonia Radio Systems.

"Our challenge," head coach Jeff Meredith said, "will be to put last weekend behind us. We missed a great chance to gain home ice for the first round of the playoffs but with that said, are still in the thick of things for that spot."

With losses to Oswego and Cortland at Steele Hall last weekend, the Blue Devils fell to fourth place in the SUNYAC standings. The top six teams qualify for the conference tournament, which begins Feb. 20.

While Oswego and Geneseo have distanced themselves from the pack, two points separate the next four teams -- Plattsburgh, the Blue Devils, Buffalo State, and Brockport. The third- and fourth-place teams earn home ice for the first round of the playoffs.

The task at hand begins Friday at Geneseo. The Blue Devils won the earlier meet, 2-1, Dec. 1 at Steele Hall.

"Geneseo is like many SUNYAC venues in that it is a tough place to play on the road," Meredith said. "The road to the SUNYAC championship is going to go through either Geneseo or Oswego due to the fact that they will finish in the top two spots."

On Saturday at Brockport, the Blue Devils will be meeting a Golden Eagle team which finds itself in the chase for a playoff berth after several seasons of missing out. The teams skated to a 3-3 tie last Dec. 2.

"They have been playing great hockey this year," Meredith said of the Golden Eagles. "They are a tenacious team who works hard and makes the most of their chances. Our Achilles' heel this year has been on Saturday nights when we play teams behind us in the standings."

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