LAKE PLACID — The SUNY Geneseo men’s hockey team will play in their first national championship on Saturday following an 8-3 victory over the University of New England in the National Semifinals of the Division III Men’s Hockey Tournament. the NCAA tonight at Herb Brooks Arena.
Geneseo had reached the national semifinals three times prior to this season, but never made an appearance in an NCAA championship game. In each of his first two appearances, Geneseo dropped his semifinal match against the eventual national champion, falling to St. Norbert, 6-2, in 2014 and UW-Stevens Point, 5-1, in 2016. The Knights fell to national runners-up Norwich, 4-2, in 2019.
not Senior forward Dan Bosio put the Knights on the board with his 23rd goal of the season just 5:08 from the start of the game. UNE tied the game midway through the first period, but Bosio again lit the lamp, this time scoring a power-play goal with less than eight minutes remaining in the first.
not Just 47 seconds later, senior defenseman Chris Perna scored a second power-play goal for the Knights, giving Geneseo a 3-1 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first period. Freshman forward Peter Morgan added a goal in the final two minutes of the first period as the Knights skated into intermission with a 4-1 advantage.
not In the second period, Morgan scored his second goal of the game at just 1:20, making it 5-1. UNE responded with a power-play goal midway through the period and looked set to extend the lead further, but a goal was ruled out for offside in review, giving the sides some momentum. Knights as they entered the third period in the lead, 5-2.
not Just 10 seconds into the third period, Geneseo scored again to extend the lead. The Knights outscored the Nor’Easters, 3-1, in the final period to extend their lead to 8-3, earning their first berth in a national championship game in program history.
not Geneseo and UNE have faced off once before, on January 5, 2018, in the first round of the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament, hosted by Norwich (Vt.). The Nor’Easters took the win by beating the Knights 9-5. Senior striker Dan Bosio was the only active Knight to dress in the match, registering a shot on goal.
not All three of Geneseo’s AHCA All-Americans (Bosio, Perna and Morgan) scored in the first period.
not The Knights finished 3 for 6 on the power play while holding UNE to just 1 for 5 on the power play.
not Senior defender Matthew Doran finished with a goal and two assists while Bosio had two goals and an assist.
not Senior forwards Brendan Miller and Henry Cleghorn along with freshman forward Domenic Garozzo each finished with two assists apiece.
not Junior goaltender Matt Petizian made 21 saves for the win.
not The Knights improve to 8-7-2 in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Championship game for the first time in program history.
In games where senior forward Dan Bosio scores at least one goal, Geneseo is 15-0-0 this season. In Bosio’s career, the Knights are 31-2-0 in games where he scores at least once, including a 9-0-0 record in postseason games (6-0 -0 SUNYAC, 3-0-0 NCAA).
GENESEO IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
not Geneseo is making his fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including his sixth appearance since the 2013-14 season and ninth overall. The Knights sat in a similar position in 2020, earning a bye to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, but the NCAA halted play before they had a chance to compete, closing the books on what could have been an NCAA championship season. The Knights last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2019, beating Manhattanville, 8-2, in the quarterfinals before falling in the national semifinals to Norwich, 4-2. In 2018, the Knights beat host Hobart, 4-2, in the first round before losing at home to Colby, 2-1, on a last-second goal in the quarter-finals.
not Geneseo makes its first trip to Herb Brooks Arena since the 2016 season. During this campaign, the Knights beat Salve Regina (RI), 7-1, and Williams (Mass.), 2-1, in a pair of games at home before falling to eventual national champion, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-1, in a national semifinal contested at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid. The Knights turned a 2014 sweeping bid into wins over Nichols (Mass.), 3-2, and Norwich (Vt.), 3-2, for the first NCAA Tournament wins in program history. Playing in his first-ever national semifinal, Geneseo fell to eventual national champion St. Norbert (Wisc.), 6-2, in a match played in Lewiston, Maine. The Knights made back-to-back NCAA Tournament showings in 2005 and 2006 with their first appearance in 1990.
The Knights (24-3-1) will face Adrian in the national championship on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m.