Eagles skate past Fredonia State

ELMIRA – Fredonia State fell to 2-4 with a 5-0 loss Tuesday to the Elmira Soaring Eagles in men’s ice hockey. The Soaring Eagles – members of ECAC West – improved to 3-4.

Five different players had one goal and 11 Soaring Eagles had at least one point. Freshman goaltender Sal Migliocco earned the shutout with 28 saves.

Elmira scored bookend goals to take a 2-0 lead after one period. Jesper Strale scored 1:46 into the period and Nick Owen scored with 1:05 left. Both were even-strength goals.

“We have been behind in every game we have played this year,” Fredonia State coach Jeff Meredith said. We are a quarter of the way through the season. Right now, we are struggling with our confidence.”

Elmira went on the power-play early in the second period and was held at bay as freshman goaltender Christopher Eiserman made four saves during the penalty-kill.

A few shifts later, Elmira took a 3-0 lead on an even-strength goal by Eddie Nolan, which led to freshman Jeff Flagler replacing Eiserman, who faced 27 shots in just over 31 minutes.

The Blue Devils had a power-play chance of their own, yet managed just one shot – an attempt by Alex Perkins. Flagler countered with four saves during Elmira’s next unsuccessful power-play chance later in the second period.

Fredonia State continued to play with fire in the third period with successive penalties, including an overlap of 16 seconds for a 5-on-3 advantage for Elmira. Flagler made six saves – he finished with 23 – before the Soaring Eagles cashed in on a goal by Greg Whittle for a 4-0 lead. It was Elmira’s 12th power-play goal of the season, ranked near the top of NCAA Division III.

Josh Burnell became the fifth Elmira goal-scorer at 10:20 of the third period. Three minutes later, Burnell went to the penalty box for hooking and gave the Blue Devils their second power-play chance. Again, the Blue Devils managed one shot, this time by freshman defenseman Zach White.

“We work hard,” Meredith noted. “It’s college hockey. Everyone works hard. I think you can tell it’s confidence. Passes we catch in practice every day bounce off our sticks in games. When you’re battling from behind, it makes it harder and harder. Confidecne comes from success.”

Sophomore forward Stephen Castriota took five shots for the Blue Devils, who were outshot 52-28. Freshman forward Frankie Hart was the Blue Devils’ face-off leader as he won 9 of 12 draws.

Fredonia State heads to Buffalo State for a SUNYAC game at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Women’s Basketball

Devils fly past Naz

ROCHESTER – Becky Hebert spurred a late surge as the Fredonia State women’s basketball team downed Nazareth, 78-70, on Tuesday.

Hebert had 25 points, including 19 in the second half. The Devils were aided by several Nazareth players getting into foul trouble, and were able to take advantage by converting 22 of 28 free throws in the deciding frame.

Fredonia State also shot 12 of 17 (71 percent) from the field in the second half.

Fredonia State upped its record to 2-1 while Nazareth fell to 1-2.

Nazareth led 36-32 at the break and held that lead until a Sabrina Macaulay free throw tied the game 62-all with 4:34 left to play. The Devils outscored the Flyers 16-8 to close out the game.

Foul trouble benefitted the Devils as Nazareth starters Melissa Reeves and Hannah Runyon both fouled out and Lindsey Kelly absorbed her fourth foul mid-way through the second half.

Midway through the first half, the Devils held a nine-point lead, 21-12. Nazareth went on a 24-11 run to close out the half. Jaimie Warren led the Devils with 11 first-half points.

Warren finished the game with 22 points and eight rebounds. She and Hebert converted 19 of 20 free throws for the game, with Hebert connecting on all 11 attempts. The Devils made 35 trips to the charity stripe, converting 28 tries as a team.

Macauley added 15 points, seven boards and four steals. Hebert was also the leading rebounder with a game-high 11.

Nazareth was paced by Kelly’s 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Blue Devils open up the home portion of their schedule this Saturday when they play host to the Hilbert Hawks. Game time is 7 p.m. in Steele Hall.