(Canton, N.Y.)- Freshman Nils Semjonovs (Liepaja, Latvia) scored a power play goal in the first period that held up as the game-winning score as the SUNY Canton men’s ice hockey team beat the University of Rhode Island 1-0 Friday night in Roos House.
SUNY Canton won their second straight game improving to 5-10 overall with a much needed home game following a grueling stretch of 11 straight road games. Semjonovs scored his second goal of the season and his first career game-winning goal and the Roos also received a solid performance from sophomore goalie Morgan Barr (Almonte, Ontario) who stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season and third of his career.
Barr made 10 crucial saves in the final period to hold off the Rams, who had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final1:19 of regulation after they pulled goalie Andrew Sherman for an extra skater and SUNY Canton’s Dave Ferris (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was whistled for a cross checking penalty.
Barr made several outstanding saves in traffic in the waning moments of the game, including a big stop with 1.3 seconds left with Rhode Island threatening to send the game into overtime. Senior Corey Frizell (Orleans, Ontario) won the ensuing faceoff and the Roos killed out the clock to improve to 2-1 on their home ice this year.
Semjonovs goal came late in the first period with Rhode Island’s Mark Luciano in the box for holding. The Roos were able to keep the puck in the offensive zone for most of the two-minute power play and finally got one past Sherman. Semjonovs was battling a Rhode Island player deep in the left corner and was able to kick the puck free to sophomore Dave Schneider (Indianapolis, Ind.), who then curled around the back of the net and sent a slick pass through the crease to a wide open Semjonovs who one-timed the feed into a wide open left side of the net and a 1-0 Roos advantage.
The two teams meet again on Saturday with the faceoff scheduled for 3 p.m.