MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Men's Ice Hockey team scored early and often on their way to a 5-2 upset victory over the visiting Knights from SUNY Geneseo.
Layne Martin (Findlay, Ohio) put the Mustangs up early as he and Stevie Ray Adams (Akwesasne, Quebec) broke free in a 2v2 situation. Adams skated up the left side and found Martin cutting in front of the crease for the 1-0 lead just over a minute and a half into action.
The Knights responded, picking up a goal of their own at the 4:19 mark to tie the game up at 1-1. Geneseo continued to gain chances throughout the first period as the Mustangs found themselves in the box three times in the period. Two of those penalties overlapped, forcing Morrisville to skate two men down for just over a minute and a half.
Fortunately for the Mustangs, the ever-productive line of CJ Stubbs (Pleasant Grove, Vt.), Jordan Carvalho (Brampton, Ontario) and Joseph Santino (Woodbridge, Ontario) gave Morrisville a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Santino found Carvalho. Carvalho passed ahead to Stubbs. Stubbs gave a quick fake left and got the Knights goaltender to bite before depositing the puck into the right corner of the net.
The #4 Knights refused to let the game slip away early, once again knotting up the score at the 8:09 mark in the second period. However, the Mustangs responded five minutes later when Santino was able to gather and score after Carvalho hit the right pipe with his initial shot for a 3-2 Morrisville lead. Ryan Bochert (Denver, Colo.) also assisted on the goal.
The second period ended with the Knights and the Mustangs trading penalties. Due to the timing of Geneseo's final penalty of the second period, Morrisville started the third on a power play. The Mustangs made the most of their third power play opportunity as Mason Corliss (Katy, Tx.) notched his first goal of the season giving Morrisville a two goal cushion. Santino and Carvalho were credited with the assists.
Despite being down 2-4, the Knights kept coming at the Mustangs. An interference penalty and a too many players penalty committed by Morrisville paired with a goalie pull by the Knights forced the Mustangs to skate 6v3 just under a minute and 6v4 for 32 seconds. Hustle and a stellar performance by Jared Young (Pueblo West, Colo.) kept the Knights at bay until Martin put the exclamation point on the victory with an empty net goal with six seconds remaining in regulation.
Young picked up the win in net as he registered 45 saves on the night.
Morrisville will look to defeat the Knights again, this time on SUNY Geneseo's home ice, at 7 PM tomorrow night.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.