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Morrisville State hockey upsets SUNY Geneseo 7-5

BATAVIA, N.Y. – Sophomore Bobby Cass (Burlington, ONT) netted two goals and assisted two to lead visiting Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey to a 7-5 upset win over host SUNY Geneseo (10-7-1) Friday night in Batavia.

Geoff Matzel (Chittenango, NY) gave Morrisville State the 1-0 lead at the end of the first period, netting a power play score at 16:21 off an assist from Cass and Kyle Roberts (Oswego, NY).

In the second, Morrisville State exploded for four straight scores, scoring on three power play opportunities. Keith Williams (Whitesboro, NY) gave Morrisville the two goal lead, netting an unassisted score at 3:45 before Cass netted his first of the night on the man advantage at 6:24.

Nearly five minutes later, Cass found junior forward Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, ONT) who notched the third power play score for the Mustangs at 11:15. Williams added his second score of the night at 17:23, a power play, off a pass from Alarie, giving Morrisville the 5-0 lead.

In the closing seconds of the period, Geneseo cut into the Mustang lead, netting two scores within 15 seconds, the first from Stefan Decosse at 19:37 and the second from Jeff MacPhee.

Geneseo’s Jonathan Redlick brought Geneseo within one, scoring two power play goals in the first seven minutes of the third period, but Cass quickly regained a two goal lead for Morrisville State, netting the unassisted score at 7:28 to give the Mustangs the 6-4 advantage.

At 14:19, Geneseo’s Kevin Galan capitalized on a Morrisville penalty, netting the power play score to bring the Knights within one.

Geneseo pulled goaltender Cory Gershon in the closing seconds of the contest for the extra attacker, but Morrisville State’s Alarie sealed the win, netting the empty net goal at 19:51 for the 7-5 upset victory.

Gershon recorded the loss in net, saving 12 for Geneseo in the final 32:59, allowing three scores. Jeff Pasemko saved ten in the first 26:24 while allowing three.

Morrisville State’s Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) saved 35, including 16 in the final period, for the win.

Geneseo out shot Morrisville State 40-29, but the Mustangs capitalized on 5-of-7 power play opportunities in the win.

Morrisville State (5-12-1, 1-7-1 SUNYAC) returns to the ice tomorrow night at SUNY Brockport, face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Brockport.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.