The Geneseo Ice Knights ended their season in dramatic fashion Saturday night, falling to SUNY Plattsburgh 3-2 in overtime in the SUNYAC semifinals.
"These guys put so much effort in this year," head coach Chris Schultz said. "The guys did a tremendous job, played their butts off. It was just going to come down to who was going to make that mistake, or who was going to make that turnover."
Geneseo took a 1-0 lead in the first period on the power play when junior Danny Scagnelli blasted a shot from the point into the back of the net. Sophomore Colin de Jersey and junior Jonathan Redlick assisted on the play.
Plattsburgh scored in the second to tie it up at one heading into the third period. In the third, the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead with their own power play goal five minutes into the frame.
With the score still 2-1 and under a minute and a half left in the game, Geneseo pulled junior Cory Gershon from the net in an attempt to tie the score. After the top line failed to convert, Geneseo's second line went out to try to tie the game.
"They've been struggling putting points on the board," Schultz said. "They were making plays, competing harder and it paid off in the end."
Junior Jake Yard took a shot from the point that was blocked, but sophomore Ryan Bulach found the rebound and was able to poke it home with just over a minute left to send the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, each side had opportunities but was unable to net the winning goal. Plattsburgh's leading goal scorer had a chance on a breakaway and Gershon made the initial save, quickly stopping the rebound while out of position.
Plattburgh fired the second rebound on net and Gershon made a spectacular save to keep the game going. Gershon finished the game with 34 saves.
"[Gershon] did a tremendous job," Schultz said. "He gave us a chance to win all night."
With just over two minutes remaining in overtime, Plattsburgh shot a puck through some traffic in front of the net that got past Gershon and clinched the game.
"We had our chances to bury it, and we just didn't get it done," Schultz said. "Your body gets tired in overtime in a warm building, but you can't let your brain get tired."
The Ice Knights finished their season with a record of 16-8-2. Schultz expressed his thanks to all the fans, saying that Geneseo has the "best fans in the SUNYAC by far."