Ice Hockey

Vikings Fall, 2-1

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, December 8, 2001

Morrisville, N.Y., December 8, 2001 – Despite a standout performance by Hudson Valley Community College goaltender Jason Vasco (CBA), the Vikings' ice hockey team lost a nail-biter to SUNY Morrisville, 2-1, this evening. Playing at Morrisville's Ice Plex, Vasco kept Hudson Valley in the Eastern Junior College Hockey League contest by recording 58 saves.

Hudson Valley, who does not play again until Jan. 11, is now 8-3-1 overall. Morrisville is 10-0-1.

Hudson Valley fell behind, 1-0, with just seven minutes gone in the first period, but the Vikings responded 1:25 later. Second-year forward Mike Santamoor (Saratoga H.S.) rushed the puck the length of the ice and muscled a defender off his back to fire off a shot while sliding toward the Morrisville net on his knees. The shot was knocked away by Morrisville's goalie, but All-American Jim Sturges (East Hampton H.S., MA) rifled the rebound home.

With the game tied at one goal apiece, Vasco had his work cut out for him in the second period; Morrisville pounded him with 18 shots. He was up to the challenge, however, turning away every shot, including five during a stretch in which Morrisville held a two-man advantage.

Morrisville scored the game-winner at 12:58 in the third period, on a power-play goal. With about a minute remaining in the game, Vasco was pulled off the ice to give Hudson Valley a one-man edge, but the Vikings were unable to capitalize.