GENESEO – The SUNY Geneseo Ice Knights suffered a disheartening 2-1 loss in their home opener against the Potsdam Bears Friday evening in front of a fired up crowd.
The Bears struck first, halfway through the 1st period, when junior forward Matt Thompson slotted one past the goalie off an assist by sophomore forward Logan Brown to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
“There wasn’t one facet of the game that we excelled in,” said Head Coach Christopher Schultz. “We did not commit to our identity as a team. If we put our personal egos away, we will be a successful team.”
The Ice Knights picked it up a notch and responded with a goal of their own by junior forward Ryan Donnelly, assisted by freshman defender Pat Condon, to even things up with 11:52 remaining in the 2nd period. The 3rd period was barely underway when senior forward Ken Simon tapped in what would prove to be the decisive goal for the Bears. Junior forward Billy Pascalli and senior defender Kevin O’Connor were credited with the assist.
There was no love lost between the Bears and the Ice Knights as they battled for supremacy. In what proved to be a very physical match up, there was a total of 16 penalties, 9 against the Bears and 7 against the Ice Knights. Interestingly, no power play goals were scored despite the high number of opportunities.
The Bears are now 2-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in SUNYAC competition while the Ice Knights are 2-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in SUNYAC play.
The Ice Knights next match will be tonight at home against Plattsburgh’s Cardinals at 7p.m.
Photo Credit: Photo from Potsdam Bears Hockey Facebook page / Christopher Lenney
*Updated Saturday, November 8 2014 at 4:00 p.m.