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Geneseo goalie Jared Lockhurst stops a point blank shot on goal by SUNY Cortland’s Nick Zappia during Friday’s contest at Alumni Arena, where a pair of Zappia third-period goals lifted the Red Dragons to a 4-2 victory.
Dragons upend ranked Knights
The SUNY Cortland men’s hockey team certainly made its first victory of the season a memorable one.
The Red Dragons scored the game’s final four goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit and knock off nationally-ranked Geneseo 4-2 in Friday’s SUNY Athletic Conference skate at Alumni Arena.
Senior Nick Zappia scored twice, freshman Darren McCormick picked up a pair of assists and freshman goalie Drew Weigman turned away 41 shots as the Red Dragons presented new head coach Joe Cardadelli his first victory as the boss.
The Red Dragons — making their home ice debut after five straight winless road games — are now 1-4-1 in conference and overall play with Brockport slated to pay a 7 p.m. Alumni Arena visit this evening.
Geneseo came into last night’s game ranked 13th nationally in Division III, the Knights falling to 3-3 in the SUNYAC and 4-3 overall.
Geneseo held a 43-30 shot advantage, including a 16-7 third period edge when Weigman was at his stingiest. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 heading into those final 20 minutes, when Zappia came up with both of his goals including the go-head power play tally.