Hens Outpace Rutgers-Camden, 4-1

From DeHockeyNight.com

The University of Delaware Division 3 men’s hockey team (14-7-2) displayed end-to-end dominance in a facile 4-1 victory over Rutgers University-Camden at Gold Arena in Newark, Del. on Saturday night (Jan. 20).

Delaware controlled the puck and the pace from the outset, working out of their own zone with little trouble for the duration of the game. At the 4:53 mark, first-line winger Nick Scafidi tapped the first Delaware goal past Rutgers-Camden goalie Dan Flaherty off a rebound from the right edge of the crease. Third-line centre Dylan Garrett contributed the Hens’ second at 9:29, receiving a centering pass in the low slot from Jonathan Madia directly behind the net. Luke Hussey got one back for Rutgers-Camden at 10:13, accelerating into the Hens’ zone up the left side and finding the back of the net over Delaware netminder Gabe Nadell’s left shoulder.

After outshooting the Scarlet Raptors 18-4 in the first period, Delaware kept the pressure on in the second to extend their lead to 3-1. Marty Coverdale notched his twelfth of the season at 3:01 with a successful redirect of a Ryan D’Emelia long-range shot. D’Emelia earned his sixth goal of the year at the 1:12 mark of the third, connecting on a one-timer in the mid-slot via Shane Saladis. The Hens accounted for 53 shots on Flaherty, who saved 49 in defeat. Nadell saved 14 of 15 shots faced, improving to 4-3 on the season.

Delaware travels to Connecticut for a weekend set, facing Fairfield on Saturday night (Jan. 27) before squaring off against Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 28).

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.