2003-2004 Highlights

Dave Friel had three goals and two teammates had two goals each Saturday as Plattsburgh defeated the Fredonia State Blue Devils, 8-2, in their SUNYAC semifinal series...

Justin Joy had a natural hat trick -- three consecutive goals -- Friday to lead the Plattsburgh Cardinals to a 8-1 victory over the Fredonia State Blue Devils in the semifinals of the SUNYAC Tournament...

Blue Devils 5, Geneseo 3
Game 28, Feb. 21 at Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. - The Fredonia State men's hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie, which was good enough to advance the Blue Devils to the second round of the SUNYAC tournament and eliminate Geneseo. Geneseo struck first at 6:48 of the first period with a Frank Baumgardner goal. Fredonia's Matt Zeman answered with his 15th goal of the season, courtesy of an Erik Hlavaty assist, with a one-man advantage at the 9:01 mark. Geneseo reclaimed the lead in a busy first period as Justin Corio scored his 15th of the season, giving the Knights a 2-1 advantage. Geneseo took a 3-1 lead in the second frame, with Jay Kuczmanski scoring on assists from Michel Bond and Chris Tarr. Kraig Kuzma brought Fredonia to within one goal on the team's second power play of the game and fifth of the series. Dan Rohanna netted the final goal of the game to give the 3-3 final. Neither squad scored in the overtime. Rob Stanley improved to 6-0-1 on the season with 27 saves in goal for Fredonia. Geneseo's Brett Walker allowed three goals while stopping 26 shots. Geneseo finishes the season 14-7-5. The Blue Devils (13-11-3, 7-8-1 SUNYAC) advance to the semi-final next Friday and Saturday at Plattsburgh.

Blue Devils 5, Geneseo 3
Game 27, Feb. 20 at Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. - The Fredonia State Blue Devils won their fourth straight game taking a 5-3 decision over SUNY Geneseo at Geneseo in the opening game of the SUNYAC post-season. Geneseo took the lead at 8:34 of the first period as Mitch Stephens scored on a power play goal. Fredonia evened the score at one-all on a Tom Briggs power play at 10:36. Fredonia then scored four straight unanswered goals to take command of the game. Max Catelin, Kyle Bozoain, and Erik Hlavaty each registered second period scores. Briggs capped the Blue Devil scoring with another power play goal in the third period to give Fredonia a 5-1 lead. Matt Caren and Jay Kuczmanski each netted a goal for the Knights in the final frame, but it was too little, too late, as Fredonia earned the win. Blue Devil goalie Rob Stanley, who has been in net for the past four games, collected 26 saves for the win. Matt Zeman pitched in for Fredonia with three assists. Both teams will be in action again tomorrow night to determine who will move on to the next round of the SUNYAC Tournament.


Regular Season Highlights

Blue Devils 4, Buff State 0
Game 26, Feb. 17 at Buff State
-- The Blue Devils (12-11-2, 6-8 SUNYAC) closed out the 2003-2004 regular season with a 4-0 victory at Buffalo State. It was their third consecutive win before heading into the SUNYAC Tournament this weekend. Buff State finishes the season 7-18-0 overall and 3-11 in SUNYAC play. The Bengals were unable to get the puck past Blue Devil goaltender Rob Stanley who recorded 18 saves and has allowed only two goals in the last three games. Fredonia State opened the scoring with an Erik Hlavaty power play goal in the first period. The Blue Devils also scored their second goal on a power play as Kraig Kuzma connected for his 10th goal of the season in the second stanza. Max Catelin added an unassisted goal to close out the period. Mike Fleming capped the scoring. The Blue Devils will travel to Geneseo (14-6-4, 8-4-2) on Friday and Saturday in the first round of the Conference Tournament. The teams split a pair games earlier this season, with Geneseo taking a 4-1 on their home ice on December 6. The Blue Devils avenged that loss this past Saturday with a 2-1 win in Steele Hall.

Blue Devils 2, Geneseo 1
Game 25, Feb. 14 at Fredonia --
Kyle Bozoian scored late in the third period on a power play to lift Fredonia State over Geneseo and clinch a SUNYAC playoff berth in the process. Bozoian's goal, his third in two nights, came after a shot from the point and a scramble for the rebound in front of Geneseo goaltender Brett Walker. The winning score came with 2:35 remaining in regulation. Freshman goaltender Rob Stanley, making his second straight start, made 25 saves. The only shot to elude him was Mark Schwamberger's second period goal, which forged a 1-1 tie at 5:17. Less than two minutes earlier, the Blue Devils claimed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Don Jaeger. Stanley came up big down the stretch for the Blue Devils. With the score tied, he stoned Geneseo's Nick Onody, who had broken in alone from the blue line. Then following Bozoian's goal, Stanley was called on to make several saves as Geneseo kept on the pressure with an extra attacker.

Blue Devils 6, Brockport 1
Game 24, Feb. 13 at Fredonia --
Kyle Bozoian had two goals and one assist to lead Fredonia State to a 6-1 SUNYAC home win. Erik Hlavaty, Matt Zeman, Don Jaeger and Tom Briggs also scored for the Blue Devils, who ended a six-game losing streak and an eight-game winless streak. Rob Stanley earn the victory in goal by stopping 29 of 30 shots. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils took 33 shots. The Golden Eagles broke on top 1-0 on a power-play goal by Brent Wiest at 4:52 of the first period. Bozoian answered at 13:27 with his first goal of the night. Hlavaty's goal at 10:54 of the second period made it 2-1 and stood as the game-winning tally. In addition to Bozoian with his three-point game, the Blue Devils got multiple-point efforts from Briggs (1 goal, 2 assists), Mike Fleming (3 assists) and Kraig Kuzma (2 assists).

Oswego 8, Blue Devils 4
Game 23, Feb. 7 at Oswego, N.Y. --
Oswego State won its fourth straight game at the expense of the Blue Devils. The Lakers held leads of 4-0 and 7-2. Goals by Ben Tefft and Kraig Kuzma cut the deficit to 4-2 in the second period. Max Catelin and Tom Briggs added markers in the third period. Briggs also had an assist while Jim Gilbride and Matt Zeman had two assists each for the Blue Devils.

Cortland 2, Blue Devils 1 (OT)
Game 22, Feb. 6 at Cortland, N.Y. --
Fredonia State forced overtime with a goal in the final minute of regulation, only to fall in the first minute of overtime. Kraig Kuzma's eighth goal of the season with 31 seconds of regulation forged a 1-1 tie. Cortland's Matt Schillace answered with the game-winner 40 seconds into the five-minute overtime. Nate Gagnon also scored for the Red Dragons. Simon Maignan earned the No. 3 star in the game. The Fredonia State goaltender stopped 24 of 26 shots. Matt Zeman and Tom Briggs earned assists on Kuzma's goal, which came after the Blue Devils pulled their goaltender in favor of an extra attacker.

Plattsburgh 5, Blue Devils 2
Game 21, Jan. 31 at Fredonia --
Rob Retter had two goals and one assist Saturday to lead the Plattsburgh Cardinals. Jordan Smith added two late goals, the second into an empty net, to seal the victory for the Cardinals. Jayson Barnhart also scored for Plattsburgh, ranked No. 4 in the Division III poll. Kyle Bozoian and Matt Zeman, both freshman, scored for the Blue Devils (10-9-2, 3-6-0), who trailed 3-2 until Smith scored with 48 seconds left in the game. Craig Neilson stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn the victory in net and improve to 6-0 this season. Fredonia State’s Simon Maignan stopped 22 shots.

Potsdam 4, Blue Devils 3
Game 20, Jan. 30 at Fredonia --
A goal by Adam Gebrara, his second of the game, stood as the game-winner. Gebrara scored on a power play with three seconds left in the second period to break a 3-3 tie. It also reclaimed for the Bears the the momentum that the Blue Devils had held for the entire period. Chris Lee and Dennis Colterman also scored for Potsdam, which led 2-0 after the first 5:29 of the game before the Blue Devils mounted a comeback. Joe Muli scored first for the Blue Devils to make it 2-1. That was followed by a goal by Tom Briggs to make it 3-2, and a goal by Matt Zeman at 17:45 of the second period to tie the game at 3-3. Zeman's goal came after the Blue Devils had swarmed all around Potsdam goaltender Ryan Venturelli for most of the period. Venturelli finished with 28 saves, while Fredonia State's Simon Maignan made 23 stops.

Utica 7, Blue Devils 6
Game 19, Jan. 23 at Utica --
In their second meeting in six days, the Blue Devils fell to the Utica Pioneers, 7-6, in a vastly different kind of game. The teams struggled to take shots when they met Jan. 17 at Steele Hall, a 2-0 Utica victory. They combined for 67 shots in the second game -- 43 by the Pioneers. Seven different players scored for Utica while Ben Tefft had two goals and one assist for the Blue Devils (10-7-2). Max Catelin, Matt Zeman, Erik Hlavaty and Kraig Kuzma had one goal each. Simon Maignan made 36 stops in the Fredonia State net.

Utica 2, Blue Devils 0
Game 18, Jan. 17 at Fredonia --
Fredonia State (10-6-2) dropped a 2-0 non-conference game to Utica College (9-6-1) in Steele Hall. The squads skated to two scoreless periods featuring only 10 shots on goal by Fredonia and 11 shots by Utica. It was not until 3:19 into the third period that Utica’s Ryan Webb broke through on assists from Jon Ames and Jimmy Sokol. Utica’s Brian Barnfield made it 2-0 an unassisted goal at 14:49. Mike Beacham was credited with the shutout facing only 16 shots. Simon Maignan gave up both goals while stopping 19 shots.

Blue Devils 3, RIT 3 (OT)
Game 17, Jan. 16 at Fredonia --
Kyle Bozoian had two goals, including the game-tying tally, as Fredonia State played nationally ranked RIT to a 3-3 draw Friday night at Steele Hall. Bozoian scored during a scramble in front of RIT goaltender at 7:19 of the third period, assisted by Max Catelin, before the Blue Devils (10-5-2) were called upon to kill three straight penalties. Goaltender Simon Maignan came up especially big while his teammates were skating a man down. He finished with 30 saves, while RIT goaltender George Eliopoulos stopped 21 of 24 shots, including four during the five-minute overtime. The tie left RIT, ranked No. 11 in the latest Division III poll, at 9-4-3. Fredonia State jumped into an early 2-0 lead with two goals in a span of 20 seconds during the first period. Ben Tefft opened the scoring at the 2:55 mark with a power-play goal. Bozoian scored 20 seconds later and an upset was in the making. The Tigers, 3-0-1 in ECAC West, had other ideas. They tied the game with two second-period goals, the first by Brian Payant on a power play at 2:58. A goal by Michael Tucciarone forged a 2-2 tie at 18:47. RIT wasted no time taking the lead in the third period. Rob Tarantino scored an unassisted goal 23 seconds into the period for a 3-2 Tiger lead. The Blue Devils had several nice scoring chances in overtime, including one shot off the crossbar and one puck which sat in the crease.

Plymouth State 3, Blue Devils 1
Game 16, Jan. 10 at Plymouth, N.H. --
The Blue Devils saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss Saturday at Plymouth State. Kraig Kuzma scored the Fredonia State goal at 19:29 of the third period while the teams were skating 4-on-4. Kyle Bozoian and Don Jaeger earned assists on Kuzma's goal, his sixth of the season. David Beckles started in goal and allowed two goals in the first 6:38. Simon Maignan yielded one goal and made 19 saves over the final 52 minutes.

Blue Devils 4, Framingham State 1
Game 15, Jan. 9 at Framingham, Mass. --
Matt Zeman scored his 10th goal of the season and Simon Maignan made 16 saves as the Blue Devils defeated Framingham State, 4-1, in a non-conference game. It was the third straight win for the Blue Devils, and fifth in the last six games. Zeman's goal proved to be the game-winner. It came at the 13-minute mark of the first period and put the Blue Devils into a 2-0 lead. Kraig Kuzma had scored earlier in the period, at 2:19, assisted by Kuzma. Luke Zechiel tallied the first goal of his college career at 16:41 of the second period. Dan Rohanna closed the Fredonia State scoring at 11:40 of the third period. Max Catelin and Joe Muli earned assists.

Blue Devils 7, Neumann 0
Game 14, Dec. 13 at Aston, Pa. --
Fredonia State swept its two-game weekend series at Neumann College. Seven different players scored in Saturday's game while David Beckles stopped 22 shots to earn the shutout. The Blue Devils, 8-4-1 to close out the first semester, were 4 of 7 on the power play and 0 of 3 on the penalty kill. Don Jaeger opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game with his first goal of the season. Michael Pope made it 2-0 at 13:24. It, too, was his first goal this year. Matt Zeman scored the only goal of the second period at 1:17, his ninth of the year. He also had three assists. Kraig Kuzma, Max Catelin, Tom Briggs and Nick Malina tallied third-period goals. It was the second of the weekend for Briggs and his eighth of the season. Malina added two assists to go along with his first goal of 2003-04. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 7-0.

Blue Devils 3, Neumann 2
Game 13, Dec. 12 at Aston, Pa. --
The Blue Devils downed Neumann, 3-2, in the first of two games between the teams this weekend. Erik Hlavaty, Joe Muli and Tom Briggs scored in succession during a seven-minute stretch of the second period to account for all the Blue Devil scoring in Friday’s game. The first two Fredonia State goals were on power plays. Hlavaty broke a scoreless tie with his sixth goal of the season at 5:08 from Muli and Dan Rohanna. Muli made it 2-0 at 7:48 with Jim Gilbride and Hlavaty assisting. It was Muli’s fifth goal of the year. Briggs scored the eventual game-winner, his seventh of the season, at 12:18 from Matt Zeman and Mike Fleming. Rob Stanley improved to 2-0 in net with a 42-save performance. He allowed a power-play goal to Justin Riccardi at 19:15 of the second period. Neumann’s Jon Hancock closed out the scoring at 12:55 of the third period. Hancock’s goal came while his team was short-handed and was one of four power-play chances the Blue Devils failed to convert. When skating short-handed, the Blue Devils were 1 of 7 on the penalty kill.

Geneseo 4, Blue Devils 1
Game 12, Dec. 6 at Geneseo, N.Y. --
All the scoring came in the third period in Geneseo's 4-1 SUNYAC victory Saturday over the Blue Devils, who had a two-game win streak broken. The Blue Knights broke a scoreless tie at 8:11 of the third period, made it 2-0 at 11:13, before a goal by Dan Rohanna put the Blue Devils on the board at 12:10. It was Rohanna's second goal of the season. Geneseo put the game away in the final minutes, including an empty-net goal. The winners outshot their guests, 27-23. Fredonia State goaltender Simon Maignan made 23 saves.

Blue Devils 4, Brockport 2
Game 11, Dec. 5 at Brockport, N.Y. --
The Blue Devils grabbed the lead and hung on for their second straight victory. Kyle Bozoian and Joe Muli scored during a two-minute span of the second period. Dan Rohanna tallied midway through the third period, and Kraig Kuzma closed the scoring with five seconds left in regulation. Mike Fleming had three assists, Jim Gilbride two assists and Bozoian an assist to go along with his goal. The Blue Devils outshot the Golden Eagles, 33-20. Fredonia State goaltender Simon Maignan was credited with 18 saves.

Blue Devils 5, Buffalo State 0
Game 10, Nov. 19 at Fredonia --
Five players had goals and goaltender Simon Maignan made 24 saves as the Fredonia State Blue Devils ended a three-game losing streak. Kraig Kuzma and Eric Hlavaty each had one goal and two assists to lead the scoring. Tom Briggs had one goal and one assist, while Joe Muli and Matt Zeman also scored for the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils outshot the Bengals, 46-24. Buffalo State goaltender Adam Horvath was credited with 41 saves.

Oswego 2, Blue Devils 1
Game 9, Nov. 15 at Fredonia --
Jean-Simon Richard scored just 27 seconds into the game as Oswego jumped out early and held on for a 2-1 SUNYAC victory Saturday over Fredonia State before a capacity crowd at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. Don Patrick also scored for the Lakers, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, and goaltender Tyson Gajda stopped 28 of 29 shots. Mike Fleming scored a power-play goal for the Blue Devils at 17:51 of the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. The hosts kept the pressure on for most of the third period and outshot the Lakers, 29-18, but failed to net the equalizer despite several nice chances. Simon Maignan made 16 saves for the Blue Devils.

Cortland 6, Blue Devils 2
Game 8, Nov. 14 at Fredonia --
Nate Gagnon had two goals and one assist to lead the Cortland Red Dragons to a SUNYAC road victory. Cortland's Matt Schillace opened the scoring with a power-play goal 5:28 into the game, Gagnon scored on a power play at 10:52 and the Red Dragons were quickly on their way to gaining revenge for a 5-3 loss to the Blue Devils (5-2-1, 1-2-1) on Oct. 24 at SUNYAC Challenge. Gagnon made it 3-0 Cortland at 2:46 of the second period. The Red Dragons built a 5-0 lead with third-period goals by Tim Earl and Kevin Watters. An empty-net goal by Jason Wilson completed the Cortland scoring. Matt Zeman scored both Fredonia State goals, at 13:43 and 15:26 of the third period, to ruin the shutout bid by Cortland's Mark Paine. The Blue Devils outshot the Red Dragons, 40-20, with Paine making 38 saves and two Fredonia State goaltenders combining to make 14 stops.

Plattsburgh 4, Blue Devils 2
Game 7, Nov. 9 at Plattsburgh, N.Y. --
Kyle Bozoian scored both Fredonia State goals Saturday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Blue Devils from dropping their first game of the season. The Blue Devils fell behind 2-0 after the first period before Bozoian scored his second goal of the season at 6:55 of the second period. Plattsburgh answered later in the period with its second power-play goal of the night. The Cardinals made it 4-1 early in the third period before Bozoian tallied for the second time -- and third time this season -- on the power-play at 19:14 of the third period. The Blue Devils were outshot, 36-31, and were 1 of 5 on the power play. Simon Maignan made 33 saves in net.

Blue Devils 5, Potsdam 2
Game 6, Nov. 8 at Potsdam, N.Y. --
Matt Zeman and Erik Hlavaty had one goal and one assist each as Fredonia State opened the SUNYAC portion of its season with a 5-2 road victory. Tom Briggs was credited with the game-winning goal, a third-period power-play tally which gave his team a 3-1 lead. Max Catelin and Joe Muli had the other Fredonia State goals, while Simon Maignan made 26 saves to post the goaltending win. In addition Dan Rohanna had two assists.

Blue Devils 13, Johnson & Wales 3
Game 5, Nov. 1 at Buffalo, N.Y. --
Jim Gilbride had five goals to tie a Fredonia State single-game record during the 10th annual Buffalo State All-Sport Tournament. The Blue Devils (4-0-1) claimed the tournament title with nine points (points awarded for team victories and for winning periods). Gilbride, who had one goal in three previous games, tied Gary Masocco's single-game record set Feb. 5, 1994, against Buffalo State. Three other Blue Devils have scored four goals in a game. Matt Zeman nearly equalled another Fredonia State record for fastest goal in a game. He scored just :10 seconds into the contest. The school record for fastest goal is :08 seconds set by Jeff Lupu on March 18, 1995 against Wisconsin-River Falls. The quick goal was the first of the game by Zeman to go along with two assists. Tom Briggs also had two goals while Erik Hlavaty, Joe Muli, Kraig Kuzma and Steve Greenburg had one goal each. Hlavaty, Max Catelin and Mike Jurilj had three assists each. Ten Blue Devils had multiple-point games. David Beckles picked up the goaltending win. He had 16 saves. The Blue Devils outshot J&W, 58-19. Gilbride was named All-Sport Invitational Tournament MVP, while Zeman was selected to the all-tournament team.

Blue Devils 2, Hobart 2 (OT)
Game 4, Oct. 31 at Buffalo, N.Y. --
Riley McTaggart scored with 1:33 left in regulation time Friday as the Fredonia State Blue Devils fought back for a 2-2 tie with the Hobart Statesmen in the first game of the Buffalo State All-Sport Invitational. McTaggart's goal was his first of the season. The comeback from a 2-0 deficit began when Tom Briggs scored his second goal of the season on a second-period power play. Following a scoreless five-minute overtime, a shootout was held to break a potential tournament tie. The Blue Devils emerged with a 2-0 shootout victory after four rounds. Kraig Kuzma earned the No. 1 star for his overall play, which included an assist on the goal by Briggs. Goaltender Simon Maignan was awarded the third star following the 25-save performance. Both goals he allowed came in the first period – by Jonathan Swift at 3:07 and by Will Bodine at 8:24. The score stayed 2-0 Hobart until Briggs scored at 8:37 of the second period. In addition to Kuzma, Matt Zeman had an assist on the goal by Briggs. Jim Gilbride and Max Catelin picked up assists on McTaggart's goal.

Blue Devils 4, Potsdam 3
Game 3, Oct. 25 at Buffalo, N.Y. --
Matt Zeman scored his first two collegiate goals and Erik Hlavaty had a three-point game in the Blue Devils' 4-3 victory Saturday over the Potsdam Bears in the SUNYAC Challenge at Buffalo State. By virtue of the win, the Blue Devils claimed the Challenge championship. Zeman put his team ahead to stay, 1-0, with a power-play tally at 10:22 of the first period. His second goal of the game -- at 15:11 of the second period -- was recorded as the game-winner because it gave the Blue Devils a 4-2 advantage. He also had an assist. Hlavaty had a goal and and two assists and Tom Briggs scored his first goal of the season. Freshman Kraig Kuzma had two assists. Freshman Rob Stanley got the start in the Fredonia State net and played all 60 minutes. He made 23 saves.

Blue Devils 5, Cortland 3
Game 2, Oct. 24 at Buffalo, N.Y. --
Five different players tallied goals in the Blue Devils' 5-3 victory Friday over Cortland in the first round of the SUNYAC Challenge at Buffalo State. Goals by Florian Roth and Chris Wells gave the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead after one period. Kyle Bozoizn made it 3-1 and Erik Hlavaty 4-1 with second-period goals. Hlavaty's tally came while the Blue Devils were short-handed. Kraig Kuzma closed the scoring with a goal in the third period. It was the third in two collegiate games for the freshman forward. Freshmen goaltenders Rob Stanley and David Beckles split duty between the Fredonia State pipes, with Beckles earning credit for the win. He made 18 saves in 30:27. Stanley stopped 13 shots in the first 29:33.

Blue Devils 6, Seneca 2
Game 1, Oct. 18 at Fredonia --
Kraig Kuzma had two goals in his first collegiate game to lead the Blue Devils to a 6-2 exhibition victory over Seneca College. Riley McTaggert also scored twice and Erik Hlavaty had a goal and two assists. Kyle Bozoian had the other Fredonia State goal. Like Kuzma, Bozoian was also playing in his first collegiate game. So was Joe Muli, who had two assists, including the first assist on the game's first goal, a power-play conversion by Hlavaty. Three Fredonia State goaltenders played one period each. Simon Maignan stopped all five shots in the first period, Rob Stanley made 16 saves on 18 shots in the second period, and Dave Beckles made five saves in the third period. Stanley and Beckles are freshmen. James Gagne and Chris Branston tallied for Seneca. Both were power-play goals in the second period. The Blue Devils built a 4-0 lead in the first period as they outshot Seneca, 16-5. The final shots were 38-28, Blue Devils.

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