Knights Rally For 4-1 Ice Hockey Win Over Franklin Pierce

GENESEO, N.Y. – The #20 Geneseo ice hockey team (10-5-1) won for the seventh time in eight games, rallying for three third-period goals to beat visiting Franklin Pierce (4-7-2) Saturday.

The Knights, who entered the final period trailing 1-0 despite outshooting the Ravens 24-13 through 40 minutes, needed just 101 seconds to score twice and take the lead. Senior forward Kaz Iwamoto (Tomakomai, Japan/Wyoming Seminary) scored the tying goal 1:05 into the final period and junior forward Zachary Vit (Villanova, Pa./Green Mountain Glades) netted the game-winner just 36 seconds later. Vit’s goal, his fifth of the season, came on the power play after Franklin Pierce’s bench was whistled for a two-minute minor at 1:30.

First year defenseman Nate Brown (Bethel Park, Pa./Bay State Breakers) added another power-play goal (his third goal of the year) in the eighth minute and first year forward Ryan Donnelly (Stittsville, Ont./Kantana Stallions) closed out the scoring at 16:17 with his third goal of the winter.

Sophomore defenseman Jack Caradonna (Markham, Ont./Stouffville Spirit) assisted on Vit and Donnelly’s goals, raising his season total to 16 points. His 14 assists rank second nationally among defenseman.

Sophomore forward Justin Scharfe (Webster/Bridgewater Bandits) also collected pair of assists. He and junior forward Garry Childerhose (Altoona, Man./Melfort Mustangs) assisted on Iwamoto’s goal with sophomore forward Tyler Brickler (Riverwoods, Ill./UMass-Lowell) picking up the second assist on Vit’s game-winner. Scharfe and first year defenseman Alex Lubczuk (Kitchener, Ont./Georgetown Raiders) picked up assists on Brown’s goal with senior forward Nick Ryan (Rochester/Buffalo Junior Sabres) adding on assist on Donnelly’s score.

First year Nick Horrigan (Mount Forest, Ont./Elmira Sugar Kings) stopped 17 Raven shots to improve to 2-1-0 on the season.

The Knights return to action Friday, hosting Fredonia in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game.

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