November 22, 2014

Dragons upend ranked Knights

ShotBob Ellis/staff photographer
Geneseo goalie Jared Lockhurst stops a point blank shot on goal by SUNY Cortland’s Nick Zappia during Friday’s contest at Alumni Arena, where a pair of Zappia third-period goals lifted the Red Dragons to a 4-2 victory.

The SUNY Cortland men’s hockey team certainly made its first victory of the season a memorable one.
The Red Dragons scored the game’s final four goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit and knock off nationally-ranked Geneseo 4-2 in Friday’s SUNY Athletic Conference skate at Alumni Arena.
Senior Nick Zappia scored twice, freshman Darren McCormick picked up a pair of assists and freshman goalie Drew Weigman turned away 41 shots as the Red Dragons presented new head coach Joe Cardadelli his first victory as the boss.
The Red Dragons — making their home ice debut after five straight winless road games — are now 1-4-1 in conference and overall play with Brockport slated to pay a 7 p.m. Alumni Arena visit this evening.
Geneseo came into last night’s game ranked 13th nationally in Division III, the Knights falling to 3-3 in the SUNYAC and 4-3 overall.
Geneseo held a 43-30 shot advantage, including a 16-7 third period edge when Weigman was at his stingiest. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 heading into those final 20 minutes, w hen Zappia came up with both of his goals including the go-head power play tally.
Trevor Hills got the visiting Knights going, opening the scoring at the 11:44 mark of the first period. The sophomore converted on a breakaway scoring chance for an early 1-0 lead.
Geneseo sophomore Jack Ceglarski made it a 2-0 game just 55 seconds into the second period, knocking in a loose puck right in front.
Cortland quickly cut the lead to 2-1 on freshman Dan Broderick’s wrist shot from the left circle at 1:47. McCormick then tied the game at 13:35 of the second period with a quick wrister from nearly the same spot on the ice.
Zappia netted the power play game-winner at 1:58 of the third period, getting a shot past Horrigan from the right side of the slot.
In the closing minutes of the game, after a timeout by Geneseo, the Knights pulled goalie Nick Horrigan for an extra skater and the Red Dragons capitalized with an empty-net goal by Zappia after McCormick forced a turnover in the Knights’ defensive zone to seal the win.
Junior Brant Sherwood, junior Mike Davie, junior Ryan Wagner and freshman Drazen Zack all picked up assists for Cortland. Geneseo goalie Horrigan collected 26 saves in the loss.
Brockport visits Cortland tonight after skating to a 4-4 overtime tie at No. 2 nationally-ranked Oswego last night.
In another conference outing Plattsburgh defeated Morrisville State 5-3, while Potsdam nipped SUNY Canton 4-2 in a non-league affair.”


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