Ice Hockey

Vikings Power Past Monroe, 7-3

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Sturges Picks Up Three Goals And Three Assists;
Santamoor Gets His Second Hat Trick Of The Season

Troy, N.Y., January 16, 2002 – Hudson Valley Community College's ice hockey team capitalized on its first five power play opportunities at Troy's Conway Ice Arena against Monroe Community College this evening. That opportunistic style of play led the Vikings to a 7-3 Eastern Junior College Hockey League victory.

"We made some changes in the last few practices," said second-year center Jim Sturges (East Hampton H.S., MA), who had three goals and three assists. The Second Team All-American had either a goal or an assist on each of Hudson Valley's first five scores. "One of the things we worked on is the power play, when we're up a man and when we're down a man. Taking advantage of mistakes, that's what's going to win games for us."

The Vikings, winners of the 2000-01 national junior college title, are now 9-4-1 overall. Monroe is 10-5-1. The two squads played to a 4-4 tie at Monroe earlier this season.

In addition to scoring five power play goals this evening, Hudson Valley notched two short-handed tallies, one by Sturges and one by Mike Santamoor (Saratoga H.S.), who picked up his second hat trick of the season.

"We also mixed up our lines," Sturges said. "The chemistry is good."

Dean Vandervort (Northern Burlington H.S., NJ) scored Hudson Valley's first goal, at 5:07 in the first period, giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead. Monroe then took a 2-1 lead, but Sturges closed out the first-period scoring with a rebound netter at 17:27, evening the score at 2-2.

The Vikings scored five times in the second period, while goalie Jason Vasco (CBA) held Monroe to just one goal in the final two periods. He made 34 saves on the game.

Santamoor contributed three of Hudson Valley's handful of second-period scores, and he knocked in the game-winner with 4:09 gone in the second period. He also contributed an assist.

Shea Vandervort (Northern Burlington H.S.) had three assists and Brian Mohan (La Salle Institute) had a pair of assists.

"We realized that we couldn't let up once we got ahead," Sturges said. "We just have to keep it going now."

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.