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Morrisville State hockey stuns Fredonia with overtime play-off victory

Nick Kulas nets game winner
FREDONIA, N.Y. – Junior Nick Kulas (Parma, MI) scored the game winner 4:05 into the sudden victory overtime period to give Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey the stunning 3-2 upset win over third seed SUNY Fredonia in the quarterfinal round of the SUNYAC tournament Tuesday night in Fredonia.

Scoreless after the first period, Morrisville State was whistled for a penalty early in the second and Fredonia’s Jeff Aonso took advantage, giving the Blue Devils the one goal lead at 1:55. Nearly 10 minutes later, Morrisville State’s Jonathan Cristini (Mississauga, ON) evened the contest, netting the score off assists from Joakim Cedin (Spanga, SE) and Dave Shultz (Trucksville, PA).

Jordan Oye put the Devils back on top 2-1, notching Fredonia’s second score of the night just 44 seconds later.

In the third, Morrisville State’s Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ON) notched his eighth score of the season, netting the lone score of the period as Bobby Cass (Burlington, ON) and Derek Matheson (Durham, ON) were credited with the assists.

In overtime, Morrisville State took advantage of a failed clearing attempt by the Blue Devil defense, and Sgarbossa found Kulas for the game winning score, giving the Mustangs their first post-season win.

Morrisville State goaltender, Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) tallied five of his total 39 saves on the night in the overtime period to secure the win for the Mustangs.

Kody Van Rentergem had 40 saves as Fredonia ends their season with a 17-7-2 overall record.

Morrisville State improves to 9-16-0 overall and will face tournament top seed, Oswego, in the semi-final round Saturday, February 27th at 7 p.m. in Oswego.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.