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Bengals skate to 5-1 win over Morrisville State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Buffalo State College Bengals men’s ice hockey skated to a 5-1 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) win over Morrisville State College Saturday night in Morrisville. The Mustangs celebrated the final game of 2008-09 by acknowledging its graduating senior class prior to the start of the contest.

Buffalo State jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, as Cory Park (Mississauga, ONT) capitalized on a Morrisville State turnover for the unassisted score at 6:49. Within minutes, senior Shawn Smail (Winchester, ONT) evened the score for the Mustangs, netting the goal off an assist from senior Peyton Dziura (Clinton, NY) at 10:16.

Buffalo State regained the lead 54 seconds before the end of the period, taking advantage of the power play opportunity for the score from Kerry Barchan (Oakville, ONT). Joe Curry (Indian River, ONT) and Ryan Ramage (Fort Erie, ONT) were credited with the assists.

In the second period, the Bengals rallied for two straight scores, the first a short handed goal from Nick Petriello (St. Catherines, ONT) at 1:41 and the second from Jesse Adair (Brampton, ONT) at 3:16.

Tyler Soehner (Baden, ONT) sealed the win for the Bengals, netting the fifth Buffalo State score of the night at 19:44 in the third period.

Alan Fritch (Saginaw, MI) saved 33 for the Bengals in the win, including 13 in the final period, as Buffalo State improves to 9-10-4 overall, 4-6-4 in SUNYAC action.

Morrisville State’s Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) recorded the loss in net, saving 38. The Mustangs conclude their season with a 5-19-1 overall record, 1-14-1 in SUNYAC play, saying farewell to the senior class of Smail, Dziura, Keith Williams (Whitesboro, NY), Tim Dorak (Honeoye, NY) and Patrick Morss (Geneseo, NY).

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.