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Despite Failing to Win National Championship, NYU Hockey’s Best Days Yet to Come

By Tom Maher         

          This past weekend, the New York University men’s ice hockey team competed in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament in Marlborough, MA. 

          On Friday, the first of three days of pool play, the Violets defeated the Southeast’s #1-ranked team, Florida Gulf Coast University, by a score of 4-3. Senior forward Paul Kazarnovsky scored the game-winner shorthanded with 3:50 remaining and was assisted by junior forward Niko Masotta and sophomore goaltender Sam Daley. 

          On Saturday, the Violets took on the Central Division’s #2-ranked team, Lindenwood University. Lindenwood was coming off of a 6-3 victory over the West’s #3-ranked Utah State on Friday. Lindenwood jumped out to a 3-1 lead by the midpoint of the game. With goals from sophomore forward Dakota Richardson and junior forward Michael O’Shaughnessy, the Violets tied the game up heading into the 3rd. But two unanswered power-play goals by Lindenwood sealed the deal and NYU had lost their second game of pool play. 

          On Sunday, the Violets played their last game of pool play against Utah State. NYU took an early lead when captain Dan Fortunato fired the puck past Utah State goalie Bryce Scherschel, with an assist from Kazarnovsky. That goal proved to be the game-winner as the Violets won, 1-0. Sam Daley stopped all 24 shots he faced for his first shutout as a Violet. 

          The Violets then played the waiting game, awaiting the results of the Florida Gulf Coast-Lindenwood game, the score of which would determine who advanced. NYU needed a Florida Gulf Coast win and at least seven goals to be scored in the game because of the least-goals-against tiebreaker. Florida Gulf Coast did defeat Lindenwood, but by a score of 3-2, not enough for NYU to advance. 

          Despite the disappointing exit, the Violets’ 2013-2014 run represented a leap forward for the program. They hadn’t competed at Nationals since 2007 and lost all three games of pool play in that year’s tournament. The Violets can also take pride in the knowledge that they defeated both the eventual National Champion (University of New Hampshire) and the runner-up (Florida Gulf Coast), the former of which they defeated twice during the regular season. 

          “Each year we have taken steps forward and this was an incredible learning experience at the National Tournament,” says head coach Chris Cosentino. “Knowing that we defeated both teams in the championship game and three of the four in the Final Four, we know that we are very close.”

          Sophomore goalie Sam Daley’s breakout is also an encouraging sign for the program heading forward. Daley had the best goals-against average (1.50) of any goaltender in the tournament. “Sam Daley has proven that he is a top goaltender in the league and now at the National Tournament level,” says Cosentino. “He is the future of our program and we have all the confidence in him that he will lead us to the National Tournament once again next year.”

         Cosentino is confident that the results can only get better going forward. “We have a lot of talent and experience coming back and a very strong recruiting class coming in with players that can make an immediate impact on and off the ice.”

         With 18 All-Academic Honorees, more than any other team in their conference, the Violets got the job done in the classroom as well this season. Seniors Tim Gumaer (A), Paul Kazarnovsky, Robert Moskalewicz, Jr., and grad student Chris Tennekoon will all be graduating in May. 

         With 13 rising seniors, the Violets will be even more experienced and mature next season, ready to take the next step and bring the National Championship to Manhattan. 

NYU Falls 5-3 to Lindenwood

          NYU took on Lindenwood University in Day Two of pool play at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s (ACHA) National Tournament in Marlborough, Massachussetts.

          Both teams won their first games on Friday: NYU defeated Florida Gulf Coast 4-3 and Lindenwood beat Utah State 6-3.

          NYU earned the first power-play of the game and freshman defenseman Evan Ripley cashed in with a bomb of a slapshot that beat Lindenwood goaltender Tim Craig. Niko Masotta and Paul Kazarnovsky earned assists on the goal.

          Later in the period, Lindenwood gained a 5-on-4 advantage after Stephan Gale and Michael O’Shaughnessy were sent to the box for roughing, along with a Lindenwood player. Lindenwood scored on the ensuing power-play to tie the game.

          Junior defenseman Art Griem was assessed a major and a game misconduct for elbowing at 16:31. The loss of Griem, a top-pair defenseman who plays big minutes, was discouraging for the NYU squad, but they got back to work and killed off the penalty.

          In the first three minutes of the second, Lindenwood scored two goals to take the lead. But NYU bounced right back when Evan Ripley rushed the puck from his own end all the way to Lindenwood’s hashmarks, where he took a shot on Craig that was put home by Dakota Richardson. In the dying seconds of the second, Michael O’Shaughnessy charged Lindenwood’s net and slid a rebound past Craig to tie the game up heading into the third.

          But before the second period could end, Davy Johnson and Mike Cambria were called for slashing. Lindenwood scored a power-play goal 32 seconds into the third to take the lead yet again. Lindenwood would score another power-play goal at the midway point of the third and held on to win.

          NYU will take on Utah State tomorrow at 12:30pm. This is a must-win game for NYU in order for them to advance to the semifinals on Monday. In addition, Lindenwood must lose to Florida Gulf Coast tomorrow. Beyond this, please visit http://achanationalsboston.com/news.php?news_id=917718 for tie-breaking procedures. 

Kazarnovsky Lifts NYU Over FGCU in Game 1 of Pool Play

          NYU took on Florida Gulf Coast University today in Game 1 of pool play at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s (ACHA) National Tournament in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

          Freshman defenseman Evan Ripley broke the ice at 9:26 of the first period when he roofed his own rebound over the shoulder of FGCU goaltender Tyler Tracey. Junior forward Niko Masotta extended NYU’s lead to two goals minutes later and NYU was off to a dominant start.

          A more energized FGCU squad took the ice in the second, drawing penalties and tying the game up before the midpoint. But junior forward Mike Cambria gave NYU the lead once again at 14:36 on a one-timer off a beautiful pass from his linemate, junior Dakota Richardson.

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NYU celebrates Mike Cambria’s (#18) second period goal. 

          Two-and-a-half minutes later, however, FGCU tied the game once again. The second period would end with both teams knotted at 3 goals a piece.

          After some end-to-end action in the beginning of the third, FGCU started to take control of the game, earning two consecutive power plays and peppering sophomore goaltender Sam Daley with shots. But after killing their final penalty, Masotta and senior forward Paul Kazarnovsky raced the puck up the ice and gained a 2-on-1. Kazarnovsky ripped the puck past Tracey’s blocker side to give NYU a 4-3 lead with 3:50 remaining in the game.

imagePaul Kazarnovksy (#15) celebrates what would become the game-winning goal with line-mate Niko Masotta (#7).       

In the remaining minutes, FGCU had several opportunities to tie the game up yet again, but goalie Sam Daley stood on his head for NYU, ensuring that they’d get the win.

          NYU will take on Lindenwood University tomorrow at 3pm. Should NYU win their pool (which consists of FGCU, Lindenwood, and Utah State), they will advance to the semifinals on Monday. 

NYU Leads SECHL With 18 All-Academic Honorees

          This season, NYU again led the Super East Collegiate Hockey League in All-Academic honorees with 18. NYU has held this title since they joined the Super East in 2000. The following student/athletes maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher in order to attain this honor:

#3 Eric Basmajian

#14 Matt Cloutier

#34 Sam Daley

#4 Dan Fortunato (C)

#2 Art Griem

#13 Tim Gumaer (A)

#19 Pete Jorgensen

#15 Paul Kazarnovsky 

#7 Niko Masotta

#6 Robert Moskalewicz

#31 Alex Pepper

#10 Dakota Richardson

#11 Evan Ripley

#20 David Shaby

#33 Chris Tennekoon

#28 Henry Thomson-Smith

#24 Spencer Varney (A)

#22 Jake Zimmerman

NYU Hockey Advances to the ACHA National Tournament

NYU Hockey Team Advances to the ACHA National Tournament

New York, NY (Feb. 24th) – The New York University men’s ice hockey team has advanced to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament in Marlborough, MA. With a victory over #5 University of Connecticut at last weekend’s Northeast Regional Tournament, NYU punched its first ticket to the big dance since 2007. The Violets’ first game at the National Tournament will be on Friday, March 21st at the New England Sports Center against the #1 Southeast seed, Florida Gulf Coast University. The remaining teams in the pool are Lindenwood University and Utah State University.

          Ranked #4 in the Northeast region, the Violets recorded an impressive 18-4-2 regular season record heading into the Regional Tournament. In the first game, NYU came from behind to defeat #9 Endicott College, 4-2. NYU punched its ticket to Nationals on Sunday after they defeated a tough UConn Husky team, 7-2.

          NYU also finished #2 in the Super East Collegiate Hockey League (SECHL) with an 11-2-1 record in league play. The SECHL playoffs take place this weekend in Wayne, NJ.

          The Nationals berth is the product of a four-year rebuilding process that was initiated with the arrival of head coach Chris Cosentino in 2010. After inheriting a young Violets team in 2010-2011, Cosentino quickly turned the entire culture of the program around by recruiting elite student/athletes from top prep schools and junior leagues.

          In 2011-2012, the Violets clinched a spot in the Northeast Regional tournament, but were defeated in overtime by the University of New Hampshire in the quarterfinals. Last season, the Violets defeated William Paterson University in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. An overtime loss to Northeastern in the semis ended their shot at making the National Tournament.

          “Each year we have taken a step forward in our development and we are going to continue pushing forward as a program,” said Cosentino. “This has been an incredible learning experience for our team and we are looking forward to the SECHL playoffs and the National Tournament.”

           Under the direction of Cosentino, assistant coaches Mike Martin and Dan Fortunato, and general manager Elizabeth Miller, the Violets have developed into a mature, elite team in the ACHA. With 17 upperclassmen, the Violets play an energetic and up tempo style but according to their coach it is their experience that has played the biggest role in the success.

          “Our players have been tested over the past three or four years and this season was no different,” Cosentino added. “We have battled through a ton of injuries this year and we keep answering the bell. There is something very special about this group and it starts with our ability to deal with adversity and keep pushing forward.”

          Off the ice, the Violets have consistently succeeded in the classroom. NYU has led the SECHL in All-Academic Honorees since they joined it in 2000. Last year, an extraordinary 18 student/athletes received at least a 3.3 GPA. They also maintain a steady presence in the community, raising thousands of dollars for more than 15 not-for-profit organizations in the NYC area and volunteer at the St. Francis Xavier Church soup kitchen on Sunday mornings.

          The ACHA Divison II National Tournament will take place March 21-25 in Marlborough, MA and will be hosted by Northeastern University.

Nationals Schedule

Friday, March 21st vs. Florida Gulf Coast University - Time TBA

Saturday, March 22nd vs. Lindenwood University - Time TBA

Sunday, March 23rd vs. Utah State University - Time TBA

NYU Starts 2014 Strong, Prepares For Archrival WPU

By Tom Maher

New York, NY (Feb. 7th) - NYU Hockey started 2014 on the right note, winning three of four games, including a win last week against #2 Northeastern. 

        With great goaltending from Chris Tennekoon and goals from Richardson, Cambria, and Ripley, NYU downed Northeastern for the first time this season after a disappointing tie with the Huskies back in October, in which Chris Tennekoon stopped 30 of 33 shots, including a penalty shot. 

        Tonight, NYU prepares to take on their archrivals at William Paterson University. With a 24-2 record, WPU sits at #1 in the Northeast Region and will likely receive an auto-bid to Nationals, along with Northeastern. 

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Tim Gumaer defends WPU forward Ryan Mara in last season’s home matchup.

        Last February, NYU ended WPU’s shot at Nationals by defeating them 4-3 in the Northeast Regionals in Danbury, CT. Paul Kazarnovsky scored the game-winning goal in that game.

        Assisting on that game-winning goal was former NYU captain Richie Pallai, who will make his return to Chelsea Piers tonight as a member of WPU’s ice hockey club. 

        Despite the distractions, NYU remains focused on winning a big hockey game tonight. They will do so without a few key players, lost to injury. But they will also get their captain, Dan Fortunato, back into the lineup tonight. Another defenseman, Art Griem, made his return to the lineup against Bryant in late January, and has already reestablished himself as a dominant force on NYU’s blue-line. “Throughout the year we have been missing key components and different players keep stepping up,” says head coach Chris Cosentino. “Griem was a monster this weekend for us and he is still finding his game.” 

        Join us at Chelsea Piers tonight at 8:30pm for the biggest game of NYU’s season. 

Passing of NYU Hockey alum Zachary Ciperski

We are sad to report the passing of NYU Hockey alumnus, Zachary Ciperski, on January 26, 2014.  Zach played in net for the Violets in the 1999-2000 season, leading the team as a freshman to their first of five ACHA National Championship Tournament appearances.  He currently holds the team records for lowest season GAA and highest season save%.  
Zach was a member of our NYU Hockey family, and was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10 AM - 1 PM.  Funeral services are pending, but will immediately follow the visiting hours on Saturday afternoon.  Additional details will be posted as soon as available at http://www.vandermay.com/Obituaries.aspx?from=obtDet&obituaryid=4560 
In lieu of flowers, Zach’s family has asked that friends support any of the following charities in his honor.
The Kidney and Urology Foundation
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America
2 West 47th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10036
Arts For All
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NYU Wins One, Loses One In Two Quality Matchups

By Tom Maher

New York, NY (Nov. 25th) - NYU was dealt its second loss of the season on the road this past weekend against UMass-Amherst, the #8-ranked team in the ACHA’s Northeast region. NYU defeated UMass 5-1 at home on November 1st, but on Friday night, UMass was ready battle.

            After a scoreless first period, UMass took a quick 1-0 lead 25 seconds into the second. But Dakota Richardson would tie the game up in the closing minutes of that period with help from defensemen Evan Ripley and Spencer Varney. Richardson now leads NYU in goals with 12.

            In the third, UMass once again took the lead. NYU pulled goaltender Sam Daley for the extra skater, but UMass subsequently took a 3-1 lead on an empty-netter.

            Despite the fact that NYU came out on the losing end of this one, it was a spirited bout between two strong teams. “Just another quality game to make us a better team,” says head coach Chris Cosentino.

            On Saturday night, NYU took on Keene State College for the second time this season, in New Hampshire.

            After two scoreless periods, Niko Masotta finally broke through for NYU, with help from line-mates Denis O’Hara and Paul Kazarnovsky. Masotta shares the team lead in points this season with Dakota Richardson (21). Less than a minute later, Davy Johnson, returning from a lower body injury, scored his 8th goal of the season with assists from Cambria and Johnson.

            At 7:39 of the third, the Cambria-Johnson-Richardson line struck again, with Cambria lighting the lamp this time.

            Keene State College showed signs of life late in the third with goals from Chris O’Hara and Mitchell Paulson, but Michael O’Shaughnessy put the game out of reach with an empty-netter.

            Despite NYU’s four goals, Keene State goaltender Dylan Strogen was strong in net, stopping 42 of 45 shots.

            “Keene is a very underrated team that has an excellent goaltender,” says Cosentino. “We got good goaltending once again and I was pleased with our effort on the defensive side of the puck.”

            “We have been generating a lot of shots lately, we just need to work on our execution. Although we went 1-1, it was another great weekend of hockey for us that will make us a better team down the road.”

            NYU takes on Marist College on December 6th at 8:30 pm at home. 

Jorgensen’s Hat Trick Helps NYU Sweep Siena; Coach’s Comments

By Tom Maher

        NEW YORK, NY (Nov. 11th) - After a wild OT win on Friday night, NYU went right back to work Saturday against Siena College, who they defeated back on October 18th. 

        Freshman winger Pete Jorgensen scored a hat-trick on Saturday night, including the game-winning 5th goal, helping to defeat a resilient Siena team that challenged NYU at home back in October. Though NYU won that game as well (in OT), Siena goaltender John Schlegel has challenged NYU on both occassions, keeping his team in games, and keeping opponents on their toes. 

        On Jorgensen, Cosentino says he’s using his big body the right way and will continue to have success should he keep doing so. “Pete is learning how to be successful at this level and Saturday he proved that he is developing in the right direction,” said Cosentino. “He has to understand that he is a big, strong player that needs to win battles and be around the net. If he does that consistently we have something special there, but he has to stick with it and keep pushing forward. We decided to put a line of freshmen together against Siena and they were our best line. Dave Morgan, Pete Jorgensen and Matt Cloutier saw an opportunity and they ran with it.” Cloutier and Morgan both had one assist each on Jorgensen’s goals. 

        While NYU continues their explosive start to the regular season, this weekend had them competing hard in two games against relentless opponents. The aggressive styles of both Penn State and Siena ensured that both tilts would be one-goal games. Cosentino credits the home crowd with giving his players a much-needed boost on Friday night. “We have hands-down the best fan support in the Northeast and it is growing every game,” he says. “We play a style of hockey that gets the fans into it and we feed off the crowd’s energy. We want to be a hard team to play against whether we are home or away, but at Chelsea Piers the atmosphere is at a whole different level. We appreciate the support we get and we just want to make them proud and give them a great show. The thing that is awesome to see is that it is not just NYU students, but NYU faculty, NYU staff and members of the community coming out to support the team. We are New York City’s college hockey team and we take a great deal of pride in that.” 

        On Saturday, it was the freshmen who provided a boost, helping to carry the load against a tough road opponent. 

        A different night means a different hero for this year’s team, whether it’s the core players, the rookies, or the fans. NYU has a lot of hockey ahead of them and will need to keep getting this wide range of contributions.

Freshmen Lead NYU to 7-2 Victory Over Western Connecticut State

By Michael Rappaport

NEW YORK – With the best start in his tenure at NYU under his belt and an inferior opponent on the schedule, Violets’ head coach Chris Cosentino felt that it was a good time to give the freshmen on his roster some game action.

        The decision worked, as three freshmen scored the first goal of their collegiate careers and led NYU to a 7-2 victory over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers on Sunday afternoon. The victory gave NYU an 8-1-1 record through their first ten games of the season, and they extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1). “We’ve wanted to get these guys some action for a while,” Cosentino said following the victory. “I was anxious to see what they would do with the opportunity they were given.”

          Cosentino wasted no time using his first-year players, as an all-freshmen line of Matt Cloutier, Pete Jorgensen and Henry Thomson-Smith to start the game, along with another freshman, Jordan Wang, on defense. Early in the first period, Cloutier opened the scoring with his first collegiate goal and Jorgensen adding his first collegiate assist. “Coach (Cosentino) has been looking for a lot of the newer guys to step up and contribute offensively,” Cloutier said after the game. “Pete (Jorgensen) gave me a great pass, and I had a pretty wide open net.” 

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      Henry Thomson-Smith (#28) and Jordan Wang (#32) in their NYU Hockey debuts

        NYU dominated the action from start to finish. Their forecheck was relentless, and if not for the play of Western Connecticut State’s goaltender, Robert Sutherland, the Violets’ lead after the first period would have been larger than just 1-0. “We felt we were playing really well throughout the whole game,” NYU assistant coach Mike Martin said. “Their goalie played an outstanding game and made a few exceptional saves to keep them in the game.” 

        Despite the dominating play, NYU was unable to get a comfortable lead for the majority of the contest. Following Jorgensen’s power play goal 1:45 into the second period – his first with NYU – the Colonials scored two goals in just over a minute to tie the game at two. 

        Jorgensen took a slashing penalty that led to the first Colonial goal. It was one of a few mistakes among the group of first-year players as a whole that Martin attributed to the their lack of experience. “They definitely showed that they are freshman,” Martin said. “They’re young and they’re still adjusting to the level of play of this league.” 

       It was a surprise to many that the score was tied at two at the game’s midway point. After all, NYU had defeated the Colonials 16-0 during their home opener at Chelsea Piers last season. But there have been other lapses in games throughout the season – albeit for five or six minutes – where the team has given up two quick goals. NYU allowed two goals in the second period during their home opener against Bryant after jumping out to a 2-0 lead. And they gave up two goals in six seconds during the second period in a game against Siena. 

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                     Matthew Cloutier (#14) takes the puck through center ice.        

        Yet each time the team is in a tough situation they find a way to persevere. Sunday afternoon was no exception. Before the period was over, sophomore Denis O’Hara and junior Dakota Richardson scored two goals in a span of two and a half minutes to help the Violets regain the two-goal lead. 

      NYU proceeded to score three third period goals, including the first of David Morgan’s collegiate career. “Andrew Gillen made a great play out of the corner and gave me a great pass,” Morgan said about the sequence that led to his goal. “All I had to do was fire it home.” 

       NYU’s outstanding start – the best the school has had in quite some time – can be attributed to the solid job that Cosentino and his staff have done in recruiting. The upperclassmen on the club now (all recruited by this coaching staff) are examples of that. Cosentino talks about building this program into a perennial contender, emphasizing the need to win now and build for the future. On Sunday afternoon, we saw a glimpse into the promising future of NYU Hockey.

O’Shaughnessy Shines On Second-Line As NYU Defeats UMass 5-1

By Tom Maher

        New York, NY (Nov. 1st) - NYU took on The University of Massachusetts-Amherst for the first time in four years Friday night at Chelsea Piers. Despite a modest 5-4 record, UMass has won key matchups this season against strong teams such as Northeastern and Bryant. 

        One of the big questions heading into the game was the stability of the dominant second-line in the wake of center Davy Johnson’s suspension. Because of Johnson’s absence, Head Coach Chris Cosentino moved senior Michael O’Shaughnessy (below) to the center slot of the second-line. O’Shaughnessy, who had 8 goals and 8 assists in 25 games last season, scored twice last night and played a strong two-way game throughout.

        NYU got started early in the first period with a goal from Niko Masotta, his 7th of the year, with help from Paul Kazarnovsky. A dominant performance in net from Sam Daley kept UMass scoreless throughout the entire period and much of the second.

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        At 8:11 of the second period, Dakota Richardson scored with help from defenseman Evan Ripley, who had two assists in the game. The goal proved to be the game-winner, Richardson’s second in three games. 

        UMass managed to get a shot past Sam Daley at the end of the second, but NYU struck back quickly at 1:43 of the third when O’Shaughnessy and his linemates crashed the net and beat UMass goaltender Drew McLeman on a rebound. 

        Captain Dan Fortunato extended the lead to three goals after his slapshot from the point beat McLeman. It was Fortunato’s first goal of the season. 

        If the nail wasn’t already in the coffin, O’Shaughnessy made sure of it in the closing minutes of the third period as he closed in on UMass’ net, faked right, and went high with a backhand to make it 5-1 NYU. 

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        Friday’s win demonstrates the depth of this year’s squad. Despite being faced with the absence of a star, they found a way to get the job done against a solid UMass team. Consistently strong performances from the defense despite the injuries to Art Griem and Eric Basmajian also demonstrate this depth and versatility.

        NYU takes on Western Connecticut on Sunday at 4pm. You can listen to the broadcast here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nyu-hockey. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as well: twitter.com/NYUIceHockey. 

Coach’s Comments: UNH and Northeastern

Here’s a summary of this weekend’s games from Head Coach Chris Cosentino. 

On beating a top-notch program in New Hampshire:

" Every game is a battle against UNH and at the end of the day it has been the team that works the smartest that comes out on top. On Friday night, we were able to establish good pressure and get great goaltending from Sam Daley. Dakota Richardson stepped up and played one of his best games in a NYU hockey jersey. We were concerned about how things would go on the big sheet, but we stuck to the game plan and controlled the 3rd period.” 

On the impressive play by the Cambria-Johnson-Richardson line:

"That is a well balanced line of skilled and experienced players. The thing that has stood out the most is the level of energy and hunger that each player on that line competes with every shift. As long as they keep the intensity up and keep taking steps forward, they are just going to get stronger. "

On tying Northeastern:

"Northeastern is a top team in the region and we have gone into OT with them 3 out of the 4 times we have played them in the past two seasons. We faced a great deal of adversity on Saturday night and I was proud of the way we kept pushing forward. Chris Tennekoon was great in net for us and I walked away pleased with the effort from our team. We just have keep pushing forward as a unit and learn from our mistakes.”


NYU Ties Northeastern In Regional Rematch

By Tom Maher

        Boston, MA (Oct. 27th) - If NYU and Northeastern weren’t already solidified rivals, that will change after the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie on Saturday night. 

        After exchanging the lead twice throughout the first two periods (on goals by Kazarnovsky and Johnson), the two teams found themselves in a 3-3 standstill throughout the majority of the third period, after Dakota Richardson tied it up with a beautiful goal on a breakaway at 1:06 of the third period.

        But the road to OT was anything but stable for NYU, as Northeastern was awarded a penalty shot with less than a minute remaining in the third. Goalie Chris Tennekoon made a huge blocker save, giving NYU the momentum heading into OT. 

        Northeastern goalie Matthew LaBarge made a huge glove save off an Evan Ripley laser early in OT. Several great saves by Chris Tennekoon maintained the gridlock as well. Two great performances in both nets ensured that no team would emerge entirely victorious. 

        In the past two seasons, NYU and Northeastern have faced off four times. In three out of these four games, overtime was needed to decide a winner. Between last February’s playoff matchup (in which Northeastern defeated NYU in OT) and Saturday’s spirited bout, we can be sure to see more great battles between these two premier Northeast teams. 

Notes:

-The refs called a tight game, dishing out a total of nineteen penalties. 

-Dakota Richardson had three goals this weekend, including the game-winner on Friday night against New Hampshire.

-Davy Johnson now has eight goals in as many games, including three game-winners.              

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