March 19, 2009

Courtesy of Neumann

ASTON, Pa. – The #12 Neumann College men’s ice hockey team has advanced to the NCAA Division III Ice Hockey Frozen Four, to be held on March 20 & 21.


The Knights upset top seeded Plattsburgh State, 5-4, in overtime in the quarterfinals last Saturday. Bill Foster scored the game-winning goal 2:35 into the first overtime session. Foster ended with two goals on the night. Kyle Casey notched two goals and Mike Hedden had a goal and two assists.


Neumann will face Hobart College in the national semifinals on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Herb Brooks Arena Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Knights and Statesmen are no strangers to each other this season. The game on Friday will be the teams fifth meeting. Each school has won two games thus far. Most recently, the Knights scored with 4.3 seconds left in the third period to win the ECAC West Championship over the Statesmen on March 7, 2009.


In the first round of the NCAA Championship, Neumann defeated Elmira College, 2-1. Ryan Heickert and Matt Ward scored for Neumann. The Knights also defeated the Soaring Eagles, 2-1, in the ECAC West semifinals.


Currently, the Knights are on a seven game winning streak. Overall this season, Neumann is 19-9-2.


The Knights are led by junior Matt Ward and senior Kyle Casey. They lead the ECAC West with 40 points each. Ward and Casey are also 1-2 in power play points with 20 and 19 respectively. Ward leads the team, and is tied for first in the conference, in scoring with 20 goals, including four game-winners. The forwards 11 power play goals ranks second in Division III. Casey is the leader in assists on the team and in the conference with 29.


Senior Mike Hedden is third on the team with 37 points, 17 goals and 20 assists. Freshman Marlon Gardner has notched 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points.


Freshman goaltender Ross MacKinnon has played over 1,340 minutes in net for the Knights. He has a goals against average of 2.68 and a save percentage of .905.


Under first year Head Coach Dominick Dawes, the Knights have already made Neumann College history, winning their first conference championship and receiving their first NCAA Tournament bid.

If you can't make it to Lake Placid, listen to the game here, brought to you by the Neumann Sports Network. Plattsburgh St. will also be providing live stats here.