ASTON, Pa. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward Tyson Empey scored three goals and an assist to lead the No. 5 Knights to an 8-0 shutout at Neumann (Pa.), Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo got on the board in the opening minute play after junior forward David Szmyd scored off a feed from senior defenseman Duggie Lagrone to finish a 3-on-2 opportunity at 19:17.
- Lugrone weaved his way into the Neumann zone through three defenders to score from close range at 9:41.
- Shortly after a big save on a 1-on-1 opportunity by senior goalie Devin McDonald, Empey finished a counter attack at the other end after appearing to deflect a puck from behind the net off the back of the Neumann goalie at 6:14 for the first of the Knights' five power-play tallies.
- Empey notched another power play goal on a shot in the low slot off an assist by junior forward Conlan Keenan that put Geneseo on top, 4-0, with 15:24 left in the second period.
- Geneseo scored another power play goal with 11:18 on the second period clock. Senior forward Arthur Gordon took a feed from behind the net by Salsberry and scored on a wrist shot in the low slot.
- Gordon scored a power play goal with a slap shot from the top of the zone at 12:22 of the third period, before Empey completed the hat-trick just over a minute later.
- Senior forward Anthony Marra closed the scoring with 7:22 left in regulation.
- Paired with last night's 10-0 victory at King's (Pa.), Geneseo's combined 18 goals are the most in a two-game span since defeating New England College, 12-3 (Dec. 9, 2000 at Hamilton) before falling to visiting Elmira, 8-6 (Jan. 10, 2001) 18 seasons ago.
- The 18 goals are also the most to open a season since starting the 1989-90 campaign with wins over visiting Scranton, 15-0 (Oct. 27) and Curry, 8-4 (Nov. 3) in a game played at Canisius.
- Geneseo back-to-back shutouts to start the season are a first in the 44-year history of the program.
- McDonald totaled 16 saves to preserve his second-straight shutout.
- Empey's hat-trick was the second of his Geneseo career and first since netting three goals in the Knights' 9-5 setback to the University of New England (Jan. 5) last season in a game played at Norwich (Vt.)
Geneseo opens conference play on Friday (Nov. 2) at Fredonia in a rematch of the 2018 SUNYAC Championship game, won by the Knights, 7-1. Face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.