Dunn’s hat trick powers Blue Devils past Cortland

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Fredonia’s Emily Lasher and Oneonta’s Casey Hayes battle for the ball Friday.

Ryan Dunn had a hat trick and Anton Rosen made 40 saves as Fredonia defeated Cortland, 5-1, in SUNYAC men’s hockey Friday at Steele Hall.

The Blue Devils improved to 9-8-3 overall and 5-6-0 in the SUNYAC to move into fourth place alone, one point ahead of Brockport and Potsdam, and two points ahead of Plattsburgh. The top six teams make the conference tournament.

Fredonia took a 1-0 lead at 2:12 of the first period when Dunn converted a neutral zone turnover into his sixth goal of the season, a shot from just above the right faceoff circle. His second goal of the night, and seventh of the season, put the Blue Devils up 2-0 later in the first period. It came on a chip into the right corner following a give-and-go with Tyler Riter.

A goal by Jacob Haynes, his fifth, came at 2:46 of the second period from just outside the crease when his shot trickled through the pads of Cortland goaltender Drew Weigman. Dunn completed his hat trick – Fredonia’s first of the season and his first as a collegian – during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:12 of the second period.

Each team scored a goal in the third period. Cortland’s Conor Tierney ruined Rosen’s shutout bid when he deflected a shot from the point at the 5:21 mark. Fredonia’s Sam Wilbur completed the scoring with an empty-net goal at 17:35. It was Wilbur’s team-leading 10th goal of the season.

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Fredonia’s Victor Tracy plays the puck Friday against Cortland.

Fredonia now turns its attention to its annual Pink The Rink game tonight against the No. 4 ranked Oswego Lakers, who were 4-1 winners Friday over Buffalo State. The Lakers improved to 10-0-1 in the conference and 15-3-2 overall. They were 5-3 winners over Fredonia when the teams met Nov. 18 at Oswego.

Men’s basketball

Devils dust off Oneonta

The Fredonia men’s basketball team put together a strong effort, putting away Oneonta, 85-68, for its second SUNYAC win in three games on Friday. The game was tied three times in the early going, the last coming at 12-12, before the Devils took total control of the contest.

Dante’ Williams had a game-high 22 points. Justin Tapper ended with 16 points and eight rebounds and Ian Helps had 15 points and seven rebounds. Kay Jackson added 11 points as the starting lineup accounted for 64 of the team’s 85 points.

Defensively, Jonathan McDonald had three blocks.

After Oneonta tied the game at 12, Fredonia went on a 13-2 run to go up 11 points, 25-14. Oneonta clawed back into the game following two consecutive layups by Jacob Rodriguez to cut the deficit to two, 27-25.

The Devils bounced back with seven straight points. By the half, the lead was back up to 11, thanks to a buzzer-beating three by Helps that put them up 43-32.

The Devils led by at least nine points the entire second half, their biggest lead of 23 coming after a three pointer by Williams with 8:43 left to play.

Fredonia continued its strong rebounding with a 37-29 edge in boards. They also had 20 points from the free-throw line, shooting 20 of 27 (74 percent). Williams was nine of 10 from the line.

Oneonta (11-9, 7-6) was led by Matthew Boyd with 14 points and Rodriguez with 12 — both of whom came off the bench.

Fredonia (4-16, 2-12) takes on New Paltz at 3 p.m. today in Dods Hall on Saturday.

Women’s basketball

Strong third powers Dragons past Fredonia

The Fredonia women’s basketball team dropped a 57-43 contest to Oneonta on Friday.

After leading by one in the final minute of the second quarter, Oneonta used a 19-3 run that extended midway through the third quarter to put away the Devils.

Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) led Fredonia with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jacque Law added 13 points.

Neither team saw much offense in the early going, with Fredonia leading 8-5 after the first quarter. Oneonta failed on its first nine attempts from the field and first two free throws, finishing the quarter going 2-for-16.

The Devils did not fare much better, struggling to get any good looks, going 4-for-20. Einink had six of the Devils’ eight points in the quarter.

Oneonta gained its first lead early in the second quarter following a free throw then a jumper to go up 14-11.

Law scored the game’s next four points on a pair of layups to put Fredonia up 15-14. There would be seven more lead changes before Oneonta scored the final two points of the half.

Oneonta’s Teresa Anken opened the second half with a pair of threes and a fast break layup. The Dragons continued what would be a 19-3 run to give them their biggest lead of the game, 40-25.

Law scored the next five points to cut the lead to 10 points with a minute left in the third.

Early in the fourth, a layup by Einink and a jumper by Sydney Turley made it a nine-point game, 45-36. The Devils would get no closer than that.

For the game, Fredonia was held to 29 percent shooting from the floor. Oneonta connected for 39 percent of its shots, including 58 percent shooting in the decisive third quarter.

Oneonta won the rebounding battle, 33-29.

Oneonta (13-6, 9-4) was led by Anken with 17 points, seven boards, and four steals. Leanne Corso added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Fredonia falls to 6-8 in the SUNYAC and 8-13 overall.

The team plays host to New Paltz today and will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, as well as recognize Law for reaching the 1,000-point mark prior to the game. Law scored her 1,000th point at Buffalo State last week.

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