UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica jumped out to a 3-1 second-period lead and was able to hang on for a 4-3 victory against ECAC Men's West Conference rival Elmira on Friday night.
The Pioneers improved to 3-0 for the second consecutive season and moved their record to 2-0 in conference play. Eight different players scored at least one point for UC, including senior captain Jon Gaffney, who tallied a game-high three assists. All-American junior Louie Educate and senior forward Ridge Garbutt each tallied a goal and an assist for the Pioneers.
Utica led 3-1 headed into the final period of play, but the Soaring Eagles would not go down without a fight as they netted a power-play tally 1:15 into the final stanza to cut their deficit to 3-2. UC's Garbutt put the Pioneers back on top 4-2 at just under four minutes into the third period, but Elmira responded once again with another power-play goal, cutting UC's lead back to 4-3 with 13 minutes left in the contest. All three of Elmira's goals came on the power-play.
Utica senior goalie Nick Therrien and the Pioneers' defense stood strong for the final 13 minutes of the contest to preserve the one-goal victory. Therrien finished the evening with 25 saves.
For the second consecutive game, the Pioneers were able to score the first goal in the first minute of play as Educate stuffed home his first goal of the season off assists from Garbutt and Gaffney. Neither team scored for the remainder of the period and the Pioneers held a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.
No. 3 Norwich 5, Saint Michael's 0
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Norwich opened up its 2013-14 ECAC East league play with 5-0 victory against St. Michael's on Friday night at Cairns Arena.
Senior forward Chris Duszynski continued his torrid start to the season, netting two goals to pace the Cadets' offense in the victory. He now has five goals in two games so far.
Classmate Shane Gorman had a goal and three assists, while junior Corey Hale and sophomore Ryan Whitell also scored. Senior Travis Janke added three helpers, and junior Matic Marinsek posted four saves to pick up the victory. Janke has a team-leading six assists so far as he continues his ascent up the NU all-time scoring chart.
St. Michael's junior Dave Donzanti made a career-high 37 saves for the Purple Knights before sophomore Michael Comitini had nine in 12:30 of relief.
No. 4 Plattsburgh State 4, Geneseo State 1
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- The special teams scored three of the four Cardinals goals Friday night as the Plattsburgh State topped Geneseo State 4-1 in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in front of a sellout at the Stafford Ice Arena.
The Cardinals (2-0-0, 2-0-0 SUNYAC) quickly capitalized on their first power play of the evening when Barry Roytman's shot from the point rung off the post and over the goal line to give Plattsburgh State a 1-0 lead at 4:23 of the first period. Alex Jensen made the pass to Roytman off the draw to pick up the assist.
Michael Radisa's short-handed goal added to the Plattsburgh State lead with 26 seconds left in the first. Patrick Hermans poked the puck away from a Geneseo attacker before Alex Jensen grabbed the loose puck in the neutral zone and carried it up the left side. Geneseo goaltender Nick Horrigan made the initial stop on Alex Jensen's shot but Radisa was there to bury the rebound for his first collegiate goal.
Plattsburgh State went up by three goals early in the second period on Kevin Emmerling's first of the year at the 1:57 mark. The Ice Knights failed to keep the puck in the zone and Emmerling beat Horrigan through the five-hole on a breakaway. Emmerling's goal signaled the end of Horrigan's night as Geneseo made the switch to junior goalie Bryan Haude after the Cardinals' third goal.
No. 9 Hobart 4, Nazareth 4
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Hobart played through 65 minutes to a 4-4 overtime tie with Nazareth on Friday night in an ECAC West game. It's the second consecutive tie for the Statesmen who are now 1-0-2 both overall and in the conference. The Golden Flyers are 1-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the ECAC West.
Junior Bronson Kovacs led Hobart with a goal and an assist. Junior Brad McBride chipped in two assists. Chris Murray scored twice for Nazareth. Ben Blasko and Jordan Ciccarello both produced a goal and an assist for the Golden Flyers.
With 2:30 left in the first period, Chris Murray put Nazareth up 1-0. Blasko earned an assist on the play. Just 46 seconds into the second period the Golden Flyers went up 2-0 on a power-play goal by Ciccarello. Tom Seravalli and Mark Zavorin were credited with the assists.
Hobart took the momentum for the middle of the second period, scoring three consecutive goals. Nazareth was called for a five-minute major penalty and then for another two-minute cross-checking penalty. In the five-on-three that followed, Kovacs put the Statesmen on the board at 9:01 in the second. He blasted a one-timer that bounced off the post and into the back of the goal after passes from first-year Jon Neal and McBride. While still on a five-on-three, sophomore Ben Gamache made it 2-2 with his power-play goal. Kovacs set up the play. With 1:33 left in the second, first-year Carl Belizario notched his first collegiate goal to put Hobart up 3-2 during a four-on-four.
With 1:11 remaining in the second and just 22 seconds after Hobart had tied up the game, Blasko answered for the Golden Flyers with the teams still four-on-four, tying the game at 3-3. Murray and Ciccarello logged the assists.
With 3:51 left in the third period, Murray produced his second goal of the night to put Nazareth up 4-3. Hobart pulled its goalie for an extra attacker and with just 24 seconds left on the clock, sophomore Mac Olson knotted the game at four for the Statesmen. Junior Ryan Michel and McBride registered the assists.