Devils hockey, women’s basketball have playoff hope
Two Fredonia teams will play at home this weekend with SUNYAC playoff spots on the line. Men’s hockey plays host to Morrisville State both Friday and Saturday nights. Women’s basketball takes on Buffalo State on Saturday afternoon.
Here is a quick guide to both playoff pictures:
Three teams have qualified (Oswego, Geneseo, and Buffalo State are the 1 through 3 seeds, respectively) and Morrisville State has been eliminated. The remaining five teams are vying for three spots. Plattsburgh and Potsdam are currently tied for fourth place with 12 points each, followed by Fredonia and Brockport with 11 points, and Cortland with nine. There are many potential outcomes, and possible changes of places in the standings, yet this is certain: Fredonia controls its own fate. The Blue Devils will qualify for SUNYACs with two wins, or with a win and a tie, in its weekend series with Morrisville. Depending on the outcome of other games, they might even get to host a first-round game next Wednesday at the Steele Hall Ice Arena — devoid of SUNYAC Tournament hockey since 2010. Yet, anything less than a three-point weekend and the Blue Devils will need help. Most beneficial to their chances would be at least one loss by Cortland (home Friday vs. Plattsburgh, home Saturday vs. Potsdam) and a loss by Brockport (Saturday at Geneseo). Game times both nights in Steele Hall are 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Five of the six playoff spots have been determined and Geneseo has already clinched the No. 1 seed, meaning it will host both SUNYAC semifinals Feb. 23 and the championship game Feb. 24. All that’s left is a three-way fight for the sixth seed. Fredonia and Buffalo State are tied for that final spot and could likely be facing a winner-take-all scenario when they tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Dods Hall (doors open at noon). Only Plattsburgh can change that scenario. By winning both their games this weekend, the Cardinals will work their way up into a sixth-place tie with the winner of the Fredonia vs. Buffalo State game. Tiebreakers would then be used to determine which team advances and which goes home.
In other news, the Fredonia-Buffalo State basketball games have extra importance this weekend. Each of the two games are worth one point — the women at 1 p.m., the men at 3 p.m. — in the season-long Battle By The Lake series. Fredonia leads the current standings, 11-3, and has won the first three Lake Erie Cups.
Also, all three Fredonia teams will recognize their seniors prior to start of their Saturday games.