Blue Devils fall, 4-1, to SUNYAC leader

Special to the OBSERVER

GENESEO — Fredonia dropped its meeting with a 4-1 decision to Geneseo in SUNYAC men’s hockey Saturday, yet stayed in playoff contention.

Despite the loss, the Blue Devils (8-6-3 overall, 4-4-0 SUNYAC) remained in fourth place in the conference standings. Geneseo took over the top spot with 16 points, followed by Oswego with 15, Buffalo State with 14, and the Blue Devils with eight points plus games in hand over every team behind them in the standings The top six teams qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament.

Four different players had goals for Geneseo, ranked No. 8 by and No. 9 by, while Devin McDonald made 34 saves. Sam Wilbur had the Fredonia goal. Anton Rosen was also credited with 34 saves.

The Knights led 2-0 after the first period. Anthony Marra scored 53 seconds into the period, his fifth, ahead of Pat Condon’s sixth goal of the season at the 12:42 mark. The Devils killed two penalties during the period and outshot the Knights 12-11.

Geneseo pushed out to a 3-0 lead on a power-play goal by Conlan Keenan, his 12th of the season, at 7:23 of the second period. The Blue Devils answered with a power-play goal of their own, a shot from the right circle by Wilbur from Ryan Dunn and Ryan Dunner at the 11:14 mark. Fredonia kept up the pressure, only to allow a second power-play goal, this one by Andrew Romano, his fifth, with 1:47 left in the second period for the final 4-1 margin.

In addition to losing the momentum, the Blue Devils lost a decision at the end of the period. Wilbur appeared to score from a wide angle as the period was ending. The goal was waved off and the ruling was upheld after the on-ice officials conferred before sending the teams to their dressing rooms.