ASTON, Pa. - The first of two games of Fredonia State's weekend pair at Neumann ended in favor of the host Knights, 5-0.
"It wasn't a 5-0 game," Fredonia State coach Jeff Meredith said. "In the second period, we spent the first 15 minutes in their end."
The Blue Devils (5-10-1) allowed two quick goals in the first period and a goal late in the second period to trail 3-0. The Blue Devils had a good scoring opportunity on a power play early in the third period, yet failed to take advantage before giving up two more goals.
For the Knights (8-4-2), Steve Gervais and Aaron Keaney scored two minutes apart midway through the first period. Keaney's goal came on the power-play as did Neumann's third goal, at 18:14 of the second period, by Jordan Zalba.
After being outshot in the first period, the Blue Devils went on the offensive the rest of the way and finished with a 33-29 advantage in shots.
"Even though you look at our record, honestly, I have never felt more on the same page with a team in my career," Meredith said. "At 5-10-1, we are playing good hockey. The thing that makes it look worse is we are not scoring goals. We have to find a way to keep grinding away and keep getting pucks to the net."
On a power-play of their own early in the third period, the Blue Devils took six shots yet were unable to break through.
The Knights added to their lead, 4-0, on a goal by Chris Bournazos at 8:11 of the third period. Sean Crozier completed the scoring with 3:11 remaining.
Ian Ellenberger hit a post early in the first period to keep the Blue Devils off the board. Stephen Castriota hit a post in the third period.
Neumann goaltender Ben Curley made all 33 saves to earn his first shutout of the season.
Mark Friesen stopped 24 shots for the Blue Devils.
"I think we have incredible heart and character," Meredith added. "There is not one thing I could ask for more from these guys other than get a bounce in front of the net."
The rematch between the teams is 3 p.m. today.
Oswego pulls away
from Blue Devils
OSWEGO - Becky Hebert had 21 points and Nikole Lindquist added 16 in Fredonia State's 67-49 SUNYAC loss Friday to the Oswego Lakers.
The Lakers improved to 5-0 in the conference and 11-1 overall. The Blue Devils fell to 2-3 SUNYAC and 7-4 overall.
Hebert had 16 of her points in the first half, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range. Her final totals were 6 of 14 from the field, plus four rebounds and three steals.
Lindquist was scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in the half. She had 14 points in the second half and finished at 7 of 16 from the field with eight rebounds and five steals.
Jaimie Warren added eight points, seven rebounds, and two steals for the Blue Devils.
Kari Kipper had 17 points, Meagan Stover 16 points, and Paula Eggleston 10 rebounds for the Lakers.
Fredonia State faces Cortland at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
Lakers top Devils
OSWEGO - The Fredonia State men's basketball team fell at Oswego, 74-56, in its first action in nearly a month.
The Blue Devils had four players finish in double figures. Junior Tyrone Clark (Elmira) and senior Dalton Kashmer (South Dayton) had 11 each. Senior Amir Billups and John Kovach had 10 apiece.
Oswego took a 40-24 lead into the half as well as a 17 to 9 advantage on the boards. For the game, the Lakers had a 31-17 edge on the boards.
Oswego improves to 10-2 overall and 3-2 in SUNYAC.
The Blue Devils (5-6, 1-4 SUNYAC) return to action today at Cortland at 4 p.m.