Caradonna's OT Buzzer-Beater Caps Ice Hockey Rally

GENESEO, N.Y. – The #25 Geneseo ice hockey team (3-1-1, 2-0-1 SUNYAC) extended its unbeaten streak to four with a 3-2 win over visiting Cortland (0-3-0, 0-2-0 SUNYAC) in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Friday. The Knights erased a 2-0 Red Dragon lead in the final 14 minutes of regulation and won the game on a goal by sophomore Jack Caradonna (Markham, Ont./Stouffville Spirit) as time expired in overtime.

Caradonna’s goal, his second of the game, was reviewed by officials before being ruled good. A Cortland penalty with the Red Dragons on the power play led to a face-off in Cortland end with 5.5 seconds remaining; junior Carson Schell (Saskatoon, Sask./Nanaimo Clippers)  won the draw, leading to a shot by junior Zachary Vit (Villanova, Pa./Green Mountain Glades) that was saved. Caradonna put the rebound in the net as time expired. Vit and senior Colin de Jersey (West Vancouver, B.C./Burnaby Express) assisted on the dramatic game-winner (Vit’s assist was his team-leading sixth).

Caradonna assisted on both third-period Geneseo goals. Vit’s first goal of the season – on a 5-on-3 power play – put the Ice Knights on the board 6:44 in on a hard shot off passes from sophomore Tyler Brickler (Riverwoods, Ill./Mass.-Lowell) and Caradonna. Five minutes later first year David Ripple (Winter Springs, Fla./Coulee Region Chill) tied the score with his first career goal. Caradonna and senior Nick Ryan (Rochester/Buffalo Jr. Sabres) recorded his third assists on the tying goal; Caradonna’s was his third of the season.

Senior Adrian Rubeniuk (Grandview, Man./Dauphin Kings) stopped 35 shots, including four with the score tied 2-2, to remain unbeaten on the year. He lowered his goals-against average to 1.92 and raised his save percentage to .931.

Geneseo hosts second-ranked Oswego Saturday at 7 p.m.

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