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01/10/2003
Hudson Valley Hockey Opens the New Year With a 4-3 Win Over Erie

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, January 10, 2003

Freshman forward Matt Benedetto (Rotterdam/Mohonasen High School) scored the game-winner with 3:04 remaining in the overtime as the Hudson Valley Community College (2-6) ice hockey team upset Erie Community College 4-3 this afternoon in Troy.

The game was a complete turnaround from when these two teams met in Buffalo on November 23. Erie (9-3) won that game 14-2 and was riding a seven game winning streak entering today's contest.

Benedetto took the pass from sophomore forward Brent Sheehan (Troy/Christian Brothers Academy) and blasted a wrist-shot from the left side that sailed over the Erie goaltender's shoulder and into the net for the winning goal.

Hudson Valley tied the game up on a goal from sophomore defenseman Matt Luther (Guilderland/Guilderland High School) with 2:50 remaining in the third period. Also registering goals for Hudson Valley were Sheehan and freshman forward Mike Guilfoil (Liverpool/Liverpool High School).

Freshman goaltender Dave Baranowski (Valley Falls/Hoosic Valley High School) stopped 36 shots for the Vikings to pick up his second win of the season.

Hudson Valley will host Monroe Community College on Wednesday, January 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

HUDSON VALLEY 4, ERIE 3

Erie 1 1 1 0 – 3
Hudson Valley 0 2 1 1 – 4

First Period: 1. Erie, Evan Phillips (unassisted), 18:42.

Second Period: 2. Hudson Valley, Mike Guilfoil (unassisted), 3:21; 3. Erie, Greg Fischer (Brian Hillery), 13:53; 4. Hudson Valley, Brent Sheehan (Jason Faas, Luke Paye), 19:45.

Third Period: 5. Erie, Justin Tricoli (Evan Phillips, Greg Fischer), 0:24; 6. Hudson Valley, Matt Luther (Adam Platka, Mike Guilfoil), 17:10.

Overtime: 7. Hudson Valley, Matt Benedetto (Brent Sheehan), 1:56.

Shots on goal: Erie 13-13-13-039. Hudson Valley 6-6-10-224.

Goalies: Erie, Robert Aleksandrowicz (24 shots, 20 saves). Hudson Valley, Dave Baranowski (39 shots, 36 saves).