Pioneers set new wins record in home finale
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Six different players scored to help the Utica College men's hockey team defeat visiting Nazareth College, 7-1 in ECAC West Conference action Friday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Junior Trever Hertz (Jaffray, British Columbia/Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL)) netted one goal and added two assists, while sophomore Peter LaFosse (Merrimack, NH/Kimball Union Academy) totaled three helpers on the night.
The Pioneers opened the scoring at 4:56 of the first period as senior Rob Morton (New Hartford, NY/Merrimack (Hockey East)) netted his 12th of the season. Morton picked up a loose puck in front and fired it home. Seniors Eric Peterson (Newton, NH/Valley (EJHL)) and Cody Adams (Duncan, British Columbia/Plattsburgh (SUNYAC)) assisted on the play. Just five minutes later, UC struck again as junior Adam Graff (Bear, DE/Syracuse Stars (EJHL)) found the back of the net for his ninth of the year, assisted by Hertz and LaFosse. Senior Mike Slowikowski (Ewing, NJ/N.J. Hitmen (EJHL)) capped off the first period scoring as he fired home a shot from the point at 14:48. Graff and LaFosse assisted on Slowikowski's sixth of the season.
Each team scored just one goal in the second period. Trever Hertz (Jaffray, British Columbia/Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL)) gave UC a 4-0 lead at 4:32 with his 11th of the season, on the power play, assisted by Morton and freshman Donny Olivieri (Philadelphia, PA/Bismarck (NAHL)). The Golden Flyers finally got on the board at 11:19 of the second, as Julius Tamasy scored on the power play for his sixth of the year. Ben Waldman and Scott Dawson assisted on the tally.
The Pioneers added three more goals in the third to ice the game. Junior Jon Gaffney (Dover, NJ/Springfield Blues (NAHL)) scored just 42 seconds into the final frame off assists from Olivieri and Ridge Garbutt (Toronto, Ontario/Brewster Academy (NH)). Then, Gaffney hooked up with senior Evan Chlanda (Islip, NY/Springfield (EJHL)) at 12:59 for his second of the year. Robert Etts (Smithtown, NY/Hitmen (EJHL)) also assisted on Chlanda's tally. UC finished the scoring just 33 seconds later as Slowikowski netted his second of the game of feeds from Hertz and LaFosse.
Joe Gladnick and Ed Zdolshek combined for 42 saves for Nazareth, while Nick Therrien (Rochester, NH/NY Apple Core (EJHL)) stopped 15 shots in net for UC.
The Golden Flyers drop to 6-15-1 overall and 1-11 in the conference, while Utica improves to 18-4-0 (9-3-0 ECAC West) and sets a new school record for wins in a single season.
Both teams will travel to Rochester, NY for the series finale tomorrow night at the Sports Centre at Monroe Community College. Puck drop will be at 7 p.m.