Explosive third period powers Roos past Mercyhurst
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 10:32 pm

(Canton, N.Y.)- The SUNY Canton men’s ice hockey team scored four unanswered goals in the third period to pull away from Mercyhurst College 8-3 Saturday afternoon in the Roos final game of the season.

SUNY Canton concludes the year with an 8-15 overall mark.

The Roos dominated the opening period as they outshot the Lakers 11-7 and scored three goals. Sophomore Dave Schneider (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored his third goal of the season just 1:04 into the period. Junior Cory Giczewski (Fountain Valley, Calif.) netted his fourth at the 11:52 mark, and freshman Vance Bridgman (North Pole, Alaska) made it 3-0 scoring at the 12:39 mark.

Both teams traded goals in a one-minute stretch of the second period. Mercyhurst struck first at the 8:24 mark, and then Ryan Bradley (Ottawa, Ontario) extended the lead back to three points scoring his first goal since joining SUNY Canton second semester at the 9:04 mark.

Pat Schaffer scored the final two goals of the period for Mercyhurst at the 10:13 mark and then a short-handed breakaway goal with 1:08 left in the period and SUNY Canton took a narrow 4-3 lead into the final 20 minutes.

Freshman George Curry (Schaumburg, Ill.) scored his second goal of the weekend and fifth of his rookie year 57 seconds into the third and the floodgates opened for the Roos. Senior Chris Gicewski (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored two minutes later, freshman Kristian Leach (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored at the 11:13 mark, and sophomore Austin Root scored unassisted with 1:47 remaining for the final 8-3 score.

Bradly, Root, Curry, Leach and Bridgman also had an assist in Saturday’s victory.

Sophomore Morgan Barr (Almonte, Ontario) turned aside 23 of 26 shots to finish 5-8 this season.

Bryan Danczak made 28 saves on 36 shots for Mercyhurst (22-14).