Ice Hockey

Vikings Use Hat Trick And ‘Rudy' To Top Broome

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, November 10, 2001

Kyle Reynolds Nets Three Goals And Four Assists; Luke Nally Scores
First Career Goal; And Hudson Valley Sweeps Past Broome, 13-1

Troy, N.Y., November 10, 2001 – Playing at Troy's Conway Ice Arena, sophomore forward Kyle Reynolds (La Salle Institute) had an impressive game, figuring in on seven scores. He had at least one goal or assist in each period. First-year forward Shea Vandervort (Northern Burlington H.S., NJ), meanwhile, netted the game-winning goal at 10:47 in the first period, and the Vikings romped to a 13-1 victory against Eastern Junior College Hockey League foe Broome Community College.

Hudson Valley, who won the 2000-01 junior college national championship, is now 2-0 in EJCHL action and 2-2 overall. Broome is 0-3 overall.

Brian Mohan (La Salle Institute), Section II's leading scorer last year, tallied two goals for Hudson Valley. He also had a pair of assists.

Image of Luke NallyThe game's most exciting moment came with about three minutes remaining in the final period. The Vikings held a 12-1 lead, and Hudson Valley head coach Ron Kuhl sent in 160-pound forward Luke Nally (Burnt Hills H.S.), who earned a championship ring with the Vikings last season as the team's manager.

"He did such a great job for us last season," Kuhl said. "He did all the things that keep a hockey program running. He took care of water bottles, pucks, everything. Plus, he suited up and practiced with us every day. So, on the way out to North Dakota for the national championship tournament last year, I told him that if he came back this season, I'd get him in a game. He deserved to be out on the ice."

Playing in his first collegiate contest (he also skated several previous shifts during the Broome game), Nally fought off a defender and set up camp near Broome's net as the Vikings held the puck in the Hornets' zone during a five-on-five situation. If Nally has ever considered the number 13 unlucky, he no longer should; he scored Hudson Valley's 13th goal of the game.

Nally gathered up a rebound and poked it home, bringing the crowd to its feet. His teammates and coaches cheered loudest of all as the puck came to rest at back of Broome's net. They clapped Nally on the back and exchanged high-fives with Nally and each other.

"That was unbelievable," Nally said. "I just concentrated on the puck. I don't even know how to explain what that felt like. It's a dream come true."

"Luke Nally is my ‘Rudy,'" said Kuhl, referring to the 1993 movie in which an undersized athlete tries out for and makes Notre Dame's football squad. "He did awesome. He was scrappy, and he even got a couple checks in. I'm so proud of him, and I'm proud of the way his teammates rallied around him."

Hudson Valley 13, Broome 1

Broome                                                 1     0     0     --     1
Hudson Valley Community College    5     4     4     --     13

First Period – 1, Broome, DeAngelo (Doogue), 5:05 (pp). Hudson Valley, Finkin (Cummings), 6:50. 3, Hudson Valley, S. Vandervort (Kennally), 10:47. 4, Hudson Valley, Reynolds (Mohan), 12:27. 5, Hudson Valley, Corrigan (Reynolds, D. Vandervort), 13:43 (pp). 6, Reynolds (D. Vandervort), 15:53 (pp).

Second Period – 7, Hudson Valley, Mohan (Reynolds), 1:17. 8, Hudson Valley, Murphy (Sheehan, Reddon), 1:35. 9, Hudson Valley, Paye (Platka), 7:36. 10, Hudson Valley, Mohan (Kennally, Cummings) 15:07 (pp).

Third Period – 11, Hudson Valley, Cummings (Reddon, Reynolds) 2:34. 12, Hudson Valley, Reynolds (Mohan), 2:43. 13, Hudson Valley, Sheehan (Cummings), 3:05. 14, Hudson Valley, Nally (Reynolds, S. Vandervort), 17:11.

Shots on goals – Broome 2-5-2----9. Hudson Valley 21-15-20---66.

Goalies – Broome, Deamond 16-11-16 (66 shots, 53 saves). Hudson Valley, Vasco 1-5-0 (6 shots, 5 saves), Graziano 0-0-2 (2 shots, 2 saves).