Blue Devils topple Curry, 4-0

It was a game of collegiate firsts – goals by freshman Frankie Hart and Zach White and a win and shutout for freshman Jeff Flagler – as Fredonia State defeated Curry, 4-0, in men’s college hockey Saturday afternoon.

In addition, sophomore Taylor Bourne scored his first goal of the season, and senior Matt Owczarczak added his second as the Blue Devils improved to 4-8-3 and dropped the Colonels to 4-9-2.

The Blue Devils went up 1-0 on Bourne’s goal, a shot from the slot following a pass from John DeFeo out of the right-wing corner. Jared Wynia, a junior, was also credited with an assist.

Hart’s first collegiate goal made it 2-0 midway through the second period. He teamed with fellow freshman Travis Fernley on a 2-on-1 rush. Fernley’s short pass connected with Hart in stride, who flicked the puck into the open side.

Fredonia State avoided a letdown later in the period after they were called for consecutive overlapping penalties. They killed off both penalties, including 24 seconds of 5-on-3. On the day, they were 5 of 5 on the penalty kill.

Owczarczak’s goal was the result of another 2-on-1 rush midway through the third period. Fernley chipped the puck ahead to junior Stephen Castriota, who fed Owczarczak on the rush for a shot into the top shelf.

White’s goal was a rare short-handed empty-netter. It came when Curry head coach T.J. Manastersky pulled goaltender Brett Sinclair right after Owczarczak’s goal upped the margin to 3-0. White knocked a loose puck up the ice and it traveled across the center line and into the empty net to complete the scoring.

Flagler earned the shutout – the first recorded this season by the Blue Devils – by making 30 saves. He improved his own record to 1-3-0.

Sinclair also made 30 saves in the Curry net.

The win completed a three-game week for the Blue Devils in which they posted a 2-0-1 record. They will put that streak on the line Tuesday when they entertain Elmira in Steele Hall at 7 p.m.

Indoor Track & Field

FSU?competes at RIT

ROCHESTER – Senior horizontal jumper Emily Cummiskey won the triple jump and was fourth in the long jump during Saturday’s women’s indoor track and field meet at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Cummiskey covered 10.46 meters to win the triple, and 5.04 meters for fourth in the long jump. In addition, senior Jess Strozyk (Lake View) was third in the long jump (5.05 meters), and fifth in the triple (9.91 meters).

Fredonia State’s 4×200 meter relay quartet sophomore Anna Dambacher (Divernon, Ill.), freshman Devinne Arnold, senior Lexi Perez and junior Sarah Kalish finished second with the 10th-fastest indoor time in program history, 1:51.78.

In the 400, freshman Laura Morrison was second in 1:02.71, while Dambacher was fourth. Sophomore pole vaulter Olivia Kurbs had the second-place clearance of 3.0 meters. Sophomore thrower Brianne Paganello was third in the shot put.

Other top-six finishers were sophomore Kayleigh Wasielewski, fourth in the high jump; Dambacher, fifth in the 60; and junior Hailey Griewisch (Dunkirk), fifth in the 60 hurdles.

The 4×400 relay team of Morrison, sophomore Lauren Kotas, sophomore Katie Tresino and Wasielewski finished fourth.

In the men’s events, Fredonia State sophomore Eric Williams had a first-place, a second-place, and a fourth-place finish Saturday.

Williams won the 60 hurdles in 8.49 seconds, was second in the 200 in 23.41 seconds, and was fourth in the long jump at 6.61 meters. Senior teammate Alex Brennan was fifth in the long jump.

Williams was beaten in the 200 by a sprinter who is already out of college.

In the 400, sophomore Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk) was third and freshman Russell Catalano sixth. Freshman thrower Joseph Gabrielli was third in the shot put.

Fredonia State’s other third-place finish was in the 4×400 meter relay with the quartet of Jonmichael Knapp, Anthony Piacentini, Catalano and Kozlowski.

Also, freshman Kyle Brown was fifth in the 35-point weight throw, Brennan was sixth in the triple jump and freshman Robert Cooper was sixth in the 800.