Ice Hockey

Hudson Valley Hockey Rallies to Beat Mohawk Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Hudson Valley Community College (8-9-2) ice hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a 5-4 overtime win over Mohawk Valley Community College (12-9-1) at the Conway Ice Arena in Troy.

Sophomore Brian Pekala (West Sand Lake/Averill Park High School) scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 2:28 remaining in overtime. He tapped home the rebound after sophomore Eric Nichols (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hills High School) shot caromed off the goaltender.

The Vikings trailed 3-1 entering the third period. After killing off a 4-on-3 Mohawk Valley power play for 1:20, Hudson Valley had its own three-minute power play. The Vikings cut its deficit to a goal when freshman Adam Rakoczy (Clifton Park/CBA) scored off a rebound.

Hudson Valley tied the game with 12:03 remaining in the third period on a goal by Sean Caruso (Waterford/LaSalle Institute) and took a 4-3 lead two minutes later on a blast from the left side by freshman Eric Olds (Scotia/CBA).

Mohawk Valley tied the game on Kevin McCready’s (Poughkeepsie) second goal of the game with 6:44 left in regulation.

Hudson Valley returns to action Saturday, February 9 when it visits Erie Community College for a 7:40 p.m. contest.

Mohawk Valley 0-3-1-0—4
Hudson Valley 0-1-3-1—5


Second Period: 1. MV-Nick Snyder (Jordan Anderson), 5:27 PPG; 2. HV-Maverick Erikson (Adam Rakoczy, Nick Kemp), 6:39; 3. MV-Kevin McCready (unassisted), 15:42 SHG; 4. MV-Kyle Tolman (unassisted), 17:54.

Third Period: 5. HV-Adam Rakoczy (unassisted), 2:40 PPG; 6. HV-Sean Caruso (Eric Olds, Brian Pekala), 7:57; 7. HV-Eric Olds (unassisted), 9:34 PPG; 8. MV-Kevin McCready (unassisted), 13:16 PPG.

Overtime: 9. HV-Brian Pekala (Eric Nichols), 2:42 PPG.

Goaltenders: MV-Brian Frankel (62:42, 24 shots, 19 saves); HV-Jonathan Morales (62:42, 27 shots, 23 saves).

Shots on Goal

MV 10-14-3-0—27
HV 5-2-15-2—24