Ice Hockey Falls at SUNY Geneseo, 8-2
Federico, Shortt find net for Ravens
Siok made 44 saves over the final two periods at SUNY Geneseo on Friday night.
GENESEO, N.Y. (January 7, 2011) – Freshman forward Rich Manley scored a goal and added three assists to total four points on Friday night as SUNY Geneseo posted an 8-2 victory over the Franklin Pierce University ice hockey team in non-conference play at Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena. Sophomore forward Dino Federico (Canton, Mass.) and junior forward Pat Shortt (New Haven, Conn.) each scored a goal for Franklin Pierce in defeat.
With the loss, Franklin Pierce falls to 3-11-0 (2-3-0 Northeast-10), while SUNY Geneseo improves to 9-3-2 (5-2-1 SUNYAC).
SUNY Geneseo wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard, as senior forward Michael Forgione opened the scoring at the 1:42 mark of the first period with his first goal of the season on assists from sophomore defenseman Blake O'Connor and Manley. The Knights made it 2-0 at the 6:35 mark with a power-play tally from junior defenseman Jake Yard, who netted his fourth goal of the season. Junior forwards Stefan Decosse and David Arduin provided the assists.
Franklin Pierce would respond just over three minutes later as Federico found the net for his fourth goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1. Fellow sophomore forward Michael Carr (South Boston, Mass.) provided the lone assist at 9:48.
SUNY Geneseo would strike twice in a span of 2:05 later in the period to take a 4-1 lead into the first intermission. Junior forward Clint Olson struck at the 13:21 mark for his second of the season off a feed from Andrew Rygiel, while Arduin potted his fifth of the year at 15:26 with helpers from sophomore forward Ryan Bulach and O'Connor.
Coming out of the locker room, Franklin Pierce struck just 72 seconds into the middle stanza to cut the lead to 4-2. It was Shortt who did the damage, as he netted his fourth goal of the season, while sophomore forward Roscoe Sweeney (Falmouth, Mass.) added the assist for his team-leading 13th point of the season.
However, from there it would be all SUNY Geneseo. Freshman forward Zachary Vit, Manley, freshman forward Carson Schell and freshman defenseman Ryan Goldberg scored in a span of less than six minutes later in the second period, and the third period went scoreless, as the Knights skated away with the 8-2 victory.
Freshman goaltender Dale Adams (Gardner, Mass.) started and made 26 saves in the first period, but ultimately took the loss (0-2-0) in net for Franklin Pierce. Junior Ben Siok (Holden, Mass.) made 44 saves over the final two periods for the Ravens. Sophomore Adrian Rubeniuk started and only made a pair of saves, but ultimately picked up the win (6-0-1) between the pipes for SUNY Geneseo. Senior Michael Battaglia made 20 saves for the Knights over the final two periods.
SUNY Geneseo posted a 78-24 advantage in shots on goal on the night and went 2-for-4 on the power play. Franklin Pierce finished 0-for-1 with the man-advantage.
The Ravens return to the ice on Saturday, Jan. 8, for the second game of the weekend set at SUNY Geneseo. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena. Franklin Pierce next plays at home on Jan. 29 against Stonehill at 7 p.m.
For more information on Franklin Pierce Athletics, please visit the official website of Franklin Pierce Athletics (http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu). Also be sure to follow the Ravens through the Department of Athletics' official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens), its YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports) and its Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/FPUathletics).