Delaware Splits WVU Weekend Set

From Delaware Hockey Night

Following a 4-1 win over Pitt-Johnstown, the University of Delaware Division 3 men’s hockey team (14-7-2) split a weekend two-game set with the Division 2 West Virginia Mountaineers (8-6-1) in Morgantown, W. Va.

On Saturday evening (Jan. 13) at the Morgantown Ice Center, the Blue Hens came out guns blazing, reeling off four first-period goals and keeping West Virginia just enough at bay throughout en route to a 10-5 victory.  Marty Coverdale led the Hens with a hat trick, while seven other Delaware players accounted for a goal each.  Among them was Shane Saladis, who also notched a pair of third-period assists as the Hens edged clear of the Mountaineers after tempers boiled over with just under nine minutes to go.  A pair of misconducts assessed to Alex Ventura and Joe Weindling brought about an altercation which saw Delaware’s Jonathan Madia and West Virginia’s Alex Evans both receive game disqualifications for fisticuffs.  In all, a combined 95 penalty minutes were assessed to both teams.

Justin Sierocinski stopped 40 of 45 shots faced in victory, while Mountaineers goalie Matt Meyer could only handle 18 of the 28 shots on goal offered up by Delaware.

Not even eleven hours after the first game concluded, Nick Scafidi put the Hens on the board 12:42 into the first period of the second game, but West Virginia exacted revenge in a big way through the second period and the first 10-1/2 minutes of the third with six unanswered goals en route to a 7-2 win over Delaware.  Alex Ventura’s hat trick brought his seasonal goal total to 16, most among the Mountaineers.  Corey Calendrillo was the only other goal scorer for Delaware in defeat, while Sierocinski was relieved in net by Gabriel Nadell 4:27 into the third period. Once again, West Virginia outshot Delaware, 35-18.

The Blue Hens return home to face the Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors on Saturday, Jan. 20.  Game time at the University of Delaware Gold Arena is slated for 8:30 p.m.; radio coverage will begin on Delaware Hockey Night Radio at 8:15 p.m.

Delaware Overpowers UPJ, 4-1

From Delaware Hockey Night

The University of Delaware Division 3 men’s hockey team (12-6-2) kicked off a three-game road trip in victorious fashion, putting away the Pitt-Johnstown IceCats, 4-1, on Friday night (Jan. 12) at the historic 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pa. 

After falling to the Cats by an identical score in the Empire Classic in November, the Blue Hens found themselves trailing 12:03 in the first period.  With Dylan Garrett serving a roughing minor for Delaware, Jake Bacik, typically regarded as a playmaker more than a goal scorer with 16 assists on the season, earned his third goal of the year on a power-play opportunity from Kyle Eckenrod and Ryan Phelps.

Despite the early deficit, the Hens opened the floodgates in the final thirty minutes of action in Flood City, regrouping to tally four unanswered goals.  Steven Palomba equalled the score at one with an unassisted short-handed goal at the 11:55 mark of the second, four seconds before a hooking minor assessed to Shane Saladis expired.  Chris Mayville, Ryan D’Emelia, and Saladis all found the back of the Pitt-Johnstown net in the third period.  Saladis accounted for an assist as well, while Marty Coverdale had a pair of helpers in the Delaware attack.

Forrest Hines earned his seventh win in net for Delaware, saving 30 of 31 shots faced, while Pitt-Johnstown’s Jacob Bevan stopped 24 of 28 shots in defeat.

The Hens head southwest through the Allegheny Mountains to Morgantown, W. Va., for a weekend series against the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Their Saturday (Jan. 13) game is slated for 9:30 p.m., followed by a Sunday morning rematch at 10:30 a.m.

Team Recap Early October

Weekend 9/29
The Blue Hens finished September and start October with a win. Friday they faced off against PSU Harrisburg and closed with a 9-5 victory over the Lions.

On Sunday the team traveled to Salisbury to finalize their two game series with the Gulls. They closed the series with a second win ending 8-3 in favor of the Blue Hens.

Tallying goals & assists for team over the weekend were:
Goals – Coverdale 4, Palomba 3, Saladis 2, Mayville 2, Wetzel, Calendrillo, Dao, Madia, D’Emilia & Cacchioli.
Assists – Cacchioli 5, Mayville-4, Coverdale 3, Vermont 3, D’Emilia 2, Saladas, Scafidi, Smith, Palomba, D’Amato, Severson, & Staropoli.

Weekend 10/6
Friday team traveled to the Winding River Skating Center for their DVCHC league opener against Richard Stockton. It was a fast and physical game. Going down early in the game the team put together an excellent 2nd and 3rd period. The game ended up going into over time, where Shane Saladis’s sealed the victory when he recorded the Hattie on the assist from Bernstein just seconds in OT. Final score 5-4 Hens.
Saturday the 7th the Hens faced off against Ramapo for their Breast Cancer awareness game and it was a packed house. The team raised and donated a total of $290 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The Blue Hens played well, but came up short in an OT shootout to the Road Runners. Final score 5 Ramapo Delaware 4

Tallying goals & assists for the weekend were:
Goals – Saladis 3, Vermont. & Kanter
Assists – Scafidi 2, Palomba, Bernstein 2, Cacchioli, & Garrett

Weekend 10/13
Friday the Blue Hens matched up against the Kutztown Bears Friday night for parents weekend. It was great to see all the parents in the stands to enjoy the game. The team put together a very good 3rd period where the Blue Hens found the net four times to record the 7-3 victory over the Bears.

Sunday 10/15 proved to be a fast paced & action packed game against Ramapo. Leading the scoring charge was freshman Steven Palomba with the hat trick.

Tallying goals & assists for the weekend were:
Goals – Palomba 5, Saladis 2, Kanter, Cacchioli, Garrett, Bernstein, Sowa, Smith, & Scafidi
Assists – Cacchioli 5, Vermont 3, D’Emilia 2, Starpoli 2, Madia, Mayville, Garrett, Coverdale, Smith, & Scafidi

The season is just getting underway here at Delaware and the Hens are about to enter the heart of their league schedule. The rookie class is settling in nicely and the team is beginning to gel with their veteran line mates. The stage is set as the team prepares for two big games this upcoming weekend against Alvernia and Division Rival Rowan.