(Canton, N.Y.)- Senior defenseman Brad Wilson (Orleans, Ontario) scored with 1:29 left in the third period, lifting the SUNY Canton men’s ice hockey team to a 4-3 win over Lebanon Valley College Friday night at Roos House.
SUNY Canton, playing on their home ice for the first time since early December, beat the Flying Dutchmen for the third straight time, as they improved to 6-13 overall following Friday night’s hard fought win.
The Roos popped in two quick goals 11 seconds apart in the opening period when freshmen forwards Joe Casale (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) and Jake Ranahan (Grapevine, Texas) each scored their first collegiate goals. Casale put the home team on the board first at the 7:05 mark scoring from sophomore defenseman Dave Ferris (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman forward Nils Semjonovs (Liepaja, Latvia). Ranahan then knocked one past Lebanon Valley goalie Matt Healy at the 7:16 mark off assists once again from Ferris and Semjonovs.
Both teams traded goals in the second period. Lebanon struck first when Dylan Kapp scored the first of three Flying Dutchmen power play goals at the 4:11 mark. The Roos answered seven minutes later, when sophomore forward Dave Schneider (Indianapolis, Ind.) dug the puck out of the corner of the offensive zone and zipped a beautiful pass right to the stick of sophomore forward Trevor Wight (Clearwater, Fla.) who was charging down the middle. Wight one-timed the feed past Lebanon goalie Matt Healy for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Lebanon (19-3-1) kept battling and tied the game with a pair of third-period power play goals from Kapp and James McNally. The game looked like it was destined for overtime before Wilson took a nice pass along the blue line from defensive partner, sophomore J.R. Lafferty (Williamstown, N.J.), and rifled a shot through traffic and a screened Healy for the game-winning score. It was Wilson’s second goal this season and first game-winning tally.
Freshman goalie Luis Puig (Chicago, Ill.) won the third game of his rookie year stopping 32 of 35 shots in net. Puig came up with several big saves in each period, including a breakaway, sliding stop midway through the second period to a keep it a 3-1 Roos advantage. Healy finished with 28 saves for the Flying Dutchmen, who held a 35-32 advantage in shots.
The two teams square off again on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. in Roos House.