Ice Hockey

Hudson Valley Hockey Wins Fifth Game of the Season

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Hudson Valley Community College ice hockey team scored three first period goals in a 4-1 win over the Hudson Valley Junior Eagles (18-7-2) earlier tonight in Troy.

The Vikings are off to a 5-1 start this season, which ties the best six-game start in the program's history. Hudson Valley also was 5-1 after six games in 1999-2000 and in 1995-96.

The Eagles opened the scoring with a breakaway goal by Henrik Oloffson, 6:18 into the opening period.

The Vikings responded with first period goals by sophomores Aaron Coopersmith (Souderton, PA/Souderton High School), Stephen Barrett (Claverack/Hudson High School) and Richard McKenna (Greenwood Lake, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) to take a comfortable 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

Sophomore Andrew Usas (Milton/The Winchendon School, MA) added an insurance goal for Hudson Valley with 2:50 remaining in the contest.

Sophomore goalie Bryan McDonald (Ballston Lake/Shenendehowa High School) stopped 30 shots in net for the Vikings.

The Vikings will host North Country Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 20.

Hudson Valley Eagles               1  0  0 – 1
Hudson Valley Vikings              3  0  1 – 4

First Period: 1. Eagles – Henrik Olofsson (Andrew Scampoli, Steve Wiedler), 6:18; 2. Vikings – Aaron Coopersmith (Mike VanBaaren), 8:06; 3. Vikings - Stephen Barrett (Jeff Weaver), 15:31; 4. Vikings - Richard McKenna (Aaron Coopersmith, Chris Gramlich), 19:30.

Third Period: 5. Vikings – Andrew Usas (Richard McKenna, Devin Krichbaum), 17:10.

Shots on goal: Eagles 12-11-831. Vikings 10-8-1533.

Goalies: Eagles – Jonathan Morales (20:00, 12 shots, 9 saves), Carmine Vetrano (40:00, 21 shots, 20 saves). Vikings – Bryan McDonald (31 shots, 30 saves).