Plattsburgh State and Buffalo State salvaged what started out as a dismal week of nonconference play for SUNYAC teams. Geneseo State got walloped by RIT, 13-0, followed by Brockport State taking a beating at the hands of Elmira, 12-3. The tide started to turn when Fredonia State tied Hobart, 1-1, and then it was a Saturday sweep with Plattsburgh State defeating Elmira, 5-2, and Buffalo State taking one at Manhattanville, 4-3. However, Buffalo State lost the next night to Manhattanville, 3-2.
Previous Week's Results
11/14/00 RIT - 13, Geneseo - 0
11/15/00 Elmira - 12, Brockport - 3
11/16/00 Fredonia - 1, Hobart - 1 (OT)
11/18/00 Buffalo State - 4, Manhattanville - 3
11/18/00 Plattsburgh - 5, Elmira - 2
11/19/00 Manhattanville - 3, Buffalo State - 2
11/21/00 Cortland at Skidmore NC 7:10
11/24/00 Plattsburgh at Middlebury NC 7:30
11/24/00 Potsdam vs Norwich NC 4:00
11/25/00 Geneseo at Manhattanville NC 4:00
11/25/00 Plattsburgh vs Norwich/Potsdam NC 4:00/7:30
11/25/00 Potsdam vs Middlebury/Platts NC 4:00/7:30
11/25/00 Brockport vs Colby NC 3:30
11/25/00 Oswego vs Southern Maine NC 3:30
11/25/00 Cortland vs Mass Coll Lib Arts NC 4:00
11/26/00 Geneseo at Skidmore NC 1:40
11/26/00 Brockport vs Bowdoin NC 2:00
11/26/00 Oswego vs St. Anselm/NHC NC 1:00/4:00
11/26/00 Cortland vs Babson/St Michaels NC 1:00/4:30
PLATTSBURGH — Despite being slightly off its game, Plattsburgh State still managed to beat archrival Elmira 5-2 in its home opener. Penalty killing was the name of the game as the Cardinals not only held Elmira to no goals in eight opportunities, but scored two shorthanders in the process. After Derrick Shaw gave Plattsburgh a 2-0 first-period lead with a pair of goals, one on the power play, Peter Ollari got a shorthander early in the second. Elmira got on the scoreboard, but Brendon Hodge netted his own shorthanded goal to give Plattsburgh a 4-1 lead after two. Joe Dolci got an unassisted goal early in the third to complete the scoring. Niklas Sundberg made 32 saves for the win. Plattsburgh next competes in the Primelink Great Northern Shootout, taking on the host team, Middlebury, in the first round.
OSWEGO — Oswego State had the week off, and travels to New Hampshire to compete in the Manchester PAL Cup, facing off against Southern Maine on the first day.
POTSDAM — The Bears also had the week off. Potsdam State takes its unbeaten record to one of the most competitive tournaments in the country, the Primelink Great Northern Shootout, and will play the defending national champion, Norwich, for the first game.
FREDONIA — The Blue Devils traveled to Geneva to take on Hobart, and came away with a disappointing 1-1 tie despite outshooting the Statesmen, 42-32. Fredonia State scored first on a goal by Lionel Crump, assisted by Erik Hlavaty, at the 9:31 mark of the first period. That would hold up until the 7:58 mark of the third period when Hobart scored a power-play goal. Despite getting a power play and three shots on goal in overtime, the game would end deadlocked. Jamie Kosecki made 31 saves, including three in overtime. Fredonia has Thanksgiving week off.
CORTLAND — The Red Dragons took a rest this past week. Cortland State plays three games this week, traveling to Skidmore and then competing in the Babson Invitational to play the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the first day.
GENESEO — Sometimes you play a game you’d just as soon forget the instant the final horn blows. Geneseo State had such a game last weekend, getting blown out in its own barn by RIT, 13-0. Geneseo let through 62 shots on goal as the netminders, Jeff Phelps and Kevin Koury, were hung out to dry. To add insult to injury, the final RIT goal was put in from its own blue line. Geneseo hits the road this week, taking on Manhattanville and Skidmore.
BROCKPORT — If you looked at the final score, you would never believe the game was tied, 2-2, at the end of the first period. That was the only highlight for Brockport State as it lost to Elmira, 12-3. Brockport matched Elmira in that first period goal for goal, as Christian Christensen scored at 1:39 after Elmira took the lead 17 seconds in, and Stephen Howard got a shorthander. Then Elmira went on a scoring spree netting eight second-period goals, seven of them consecutively. Brandon Marineau’s goal was the only thing that broke up the barrage. It doesn’t get any easier as Brockport takes on two top NESCAC schools in the Colby/Bowdoin Faceoff Classic in predetermined matchups.
BUFFALO STATE — The Bengals split a weekend road trip to Manhattanville in two eerily similar games. Both times, the host team jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. Both times, Buffalo State tied the game up in the second period. Both times, Manhattanville scored a goal in the third period. The only difference was that the first day Buffalo State scored twice in the third period to win 4-3, while they were scoreless in the final period the second day losing 3-2. Rocky Reeves, Brian Turner, Eric Bavisotto, and Jason Comardo got the goals in the first game. Harley Pottratz made 34 saves for the win. Second-game goals were scored by Jeff Lacapruccia (shorthanded) and Henry Jurek. Nick Berti was in net this time, making 36 saves. The Bengals take a break this week to enjoy some turkey.
Game of the Week
It’s not a game this week, but an entire tournament. The Primelink Great Northern Shootout has rapidly become one of the premier tournaments in Division III as it pits the two northernmost Vermont teams, Middlebury and Norwich, and the two northernmost New York teams, Plattsburgh and Potsdam. This tourney not only has area bragging rights at stake, but could be a preview of national playoff matchups come March.