October 31, 2009
Red Dragons ignited by power play tallies
FREDONIA — When Fredonia spent time in the penalty box, SUNY Cortland men made their hockey hosts pay dearly.
The Red Dragons scored their first four goals on the power play to build an early 4-1 lead Friday night, going on to beat Fredonia 7-5 in the SUNY Athletic Conference opener for both sides. Six different players scored goals for Cortland (2-0 overall), senior Patrick Palmisano leading the way with two goals and two assists.
Fredonia had opened the season with two non-league wins before losing to the Red Dragons, the hosts unable to take advantage of a 49-46 shot edge.
Junior Jarrett Gold and sophomore Jake Saville each contributed a goal and three assists for Cortland, while senior Gerard Heinz had a goal and an assist and freshman Chris Kaleta tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal late in the second period. Sophomore goalie Mike Reilly made 44 saves to post the win.
Jordan Oye scored twice for the Blue Devils, Mitch Kulikoski collected three assists and Mat Hehr added two assists.
Cortland jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one period on the strength of power-play goals from Saville, Palmisano and Heinz. Gold assisted on two of the scores. Gold made it a 4-1 game at 7:21 of the second period with the man advantage, and sophomore Ryan Durocher netted his first of the season just 35 seconds later to give Cortland a 5-1 lead.
James Muscatello answered on the power play for Fredonia at 16:00, but Kaleta closed the period with a goal at 18:57 to make it a 6-2 game. Palmisano pushed Cortland’s lead to 7-2 just 19 seconds into the third period, before the Blue Devils finished the game out with three even-strength goals.
Cortland visits Buffalo State this evening, that conference contest a 7 p.m. start.
Red Dragon Women
Beaten By Late Goal
Junior Molly Golden scored the game-winning goal with 5:29 remaining in regulation to lift the Salve Regina women’s ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over host Cortland Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Sophomore Ashley Meyers and freshman Taylor Puckhaber each scored second period goals for Cortland, this game tied at 2-2 heading into the final period at Alumni Arena. Senior Nicole Ruddy collected two assists, and freshmen Cara Latchum and Chelsey Wright chipped in with one assist apiece.
Sophomore goalie Katie Double made 20 saves for the Red Dragons, who were out-shot by Salve Regina by a narrow 23-22 margin.
Sophomore Kathleen Roche gave Salve Regina the lead 4:52 into the first period on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle. Puckhaber tied the score with her first career goal when she knocked a rebound past Muehlbronner at 12:30 of the second period while the Red Dragons had a two-player advantage on the power play.
The teams traded goals to close out the second period. Roche netted her second of the night as she scored on a rebound through traffic at 17:15 after junior Sarah Small’s shot from the left point was knocked down in front. Meyer then tied the score on a wrap around goal at 19:02 to send the game to the third period tied at 2-2.
The Seahawks netted the winning goal at 14:31 on a rebound after Double denied a shot from the right side. Shortly after, Salve Regina killed off a power play to hold its 3-2 lead. With time winding down, Cortland pulled Double but was unable to get a quality scoring chance.
Cortland hosts Castleton State out of Vermont this afternoon at 3 p.m.
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