Ice Hockey

Rally Falls Short As Vikings Drop 4-3 Home Game

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, January 11, 2002

Troy, N.Y., January 11, 2002 – Hudson Valley Community College's ice hockey team rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period against Erie Community College tonight, scoring a pair of goals in a 12-second span to make it a one-goal game, but the Vikings could get no closer. Erie held on to defeat Hudson Valley, 4-3, at the Conway Ice Area in Troy.

Hudson Valley, the defending NJCAA champion, is now 8-4-1 overall. Erie is 8-4.

At 8:11 in the final period tonight, with Hudson Valley trailing 4-1, Jim Sturges (East Hampton H.S., MA) slapped a knuckleballing rebound into Erie's net. Then, at 8:23, Brian Mohan (La Salle Institute), the leading scorer in Section II last season, took a pass from Sturges and rocketed the puck just under the crossbar, pulling the Vikings to within one goal.

Hudson Valley continued to attack Erie; the Vikings outshot Erie, 12-4, in the third period. Erie, however, fended off the remainder of the barrage and left Troy with a victory.

Shea Vandervort (Northern Burlington H.S.) scored Hudson Valley's first goal, in the second period. Shea's brother, Dean Vandervort (Northern Burlington H.S.), had a pair of assists, as did Mike Santamoor (Saratoga H.S.). Jason Vasco (CBA) made 14 saves for the Vikings.