Hudson Valley Ice Hockey Selected For NJCAA Tournament
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 429-9486
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, February 20, 2005
The Hudson Valley Community College ice hockey team
has earned the sixth seed in the National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament and
will meet No. 3 Monroe Community College in the
opening round at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4 in
Hudson Valley won three of its final four games of
the season to improve its record to 11-7-1 and
guarantee itself a slot in the six-team national
championship tournament. It will be the third
postseason appearance for Hudson Valley in the
program's history, and the first for the Vikings since
winning the national championship in 2001. Monroe
enters the tournament with a 13-7-2 mark.
"We're very excited to get a chance to play for a
national championship," said Hudson Valley head coach
Matt Alvey. "We're peaking at the right time. Over the
last couple of weeks we've been able to put the puck
in the net and our goaltending has come up big for us
on several occasions."
Freshman Jeff Beecher (South Glens Falls/South Glens
Falls High School) leads Hudson Valley and ranks sixth
in the NJCAA in scoring with 42 points (21 goals and
21 assists). He has had eight goals and six assists
over the last four games.
Three other Hudson Valley players have tallied at
least 20 points this season. Sophomore Mike Van Baaren (Albany/LaSalle Institute) is second on the team with 13 goals and has nine assists. Sophomore Stephen Barrett (Claverack/Hudson High School) has 12 goals and eight assists, and sophomore Devin Krichbaum (Pattersonville/Sault Ste Marie, MI High School) has four goals and 16 assists.
Sophomore goaltender Bryan McDonald (Ballston Lake/Shenendehowa High School) ranks fourth in Region III with a 2.86 goals against average.
Hudson Valley and Monroe already have played twice
this season. The Tribunes won, 6-2, on November 12 in Rochester. The two teams tied, 4-4, on January 22 in Troy.
The winner of Friday night's game will meet second
seeded Minot State University-Bottineau (ND) in the
tournament semifinals at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.
Bottineau currently sports a 20-4 record.