Vikings Suffer Tough Loss, 5-4
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 6, 2000
Hudson Valley Nearly Guts Out Come-From-Behind
Victory Against Mohawk Valley
Troy, December 6 – Hudson Valley Community
College's hockey team rallied like a champion against visiting Mohawk Valley
Community College this evening, but suffered a gut-wrenching loss as time
expired. After the Vikings valiantly battled back from a 3-0 deficit to
tie the Eastern Junior College Hockey League matchup at four goals apiece
with just 1:08 left in the third period, Mohawk Valley slapped home the
game-winner at 19:59, escaping Troy's Conway Ice Arena with a 5-4 victory.
Mohawk Valley jumped in front with three goals
in the opening period, but Hudson Valley battled back and controlled the
second 20 minutes, outshooting the Hawks 23-4. Second-year defenseman Kevin
Graber (Troy) put the Vikings on the board by skating end-to-end and
beating Mohawk Valley's goalie with a high wrister.
The Vikings also controlled much of the third
period, outshooting Mohawk Valley 20-9. Mohawk Valley scored the first
goal of the frame, but Mike Santamoor (Saratoga) and Aaron Chandler
(Ithaca) each netted a score to bring the Vikings within one goal,
4-3. Then, with 1:39 left in the game and Hudson Valley at a one-man advantage,
head coach Ron Kuhl pulled Jason Vasco (CBA) off the ice, giving
the Vikings a six-on-four.
At 18:52, with five or six players crowded
around Mohawk Valley's net, Phil Usas (Saratoga) managed to poke
the puck home, from his knees, tying the game at four. Hudson Valley put
Vasco back between the pipes and the contest appeared headed for overtime
until Mohawk Valley scored its improbable, last-second goal.
Vasco stopped 23 shots for Hudson Valley. Jim
Sturges (East Hampton, MA) and Chris Paine (Saratoga) each contributed
a pair of assists.
Hudson Valley, ranked first among NJCAA Region
III teams, is now 8-4. Mohawk Valley is 7-5.
Mohawk Valley Community College
3 0 2
Hudson Valley Community College
0 1 3
First Period - 1, Mohawk Valley, Haird
(Giving), 00:26. 2, Mohawk Valley, Ruddy (Cerminaro, Haird), 00:43. 3,
Mohawk Valley, Cerminaro (Ruddy), 19:24.
Second Period - 4, Hudson Valley, Graber
Third Period – 5, Mohawk Valley, Murray
(unassisted), 2:19. 6, Hudson Valley, Santamoor (C. Paine, Sturges), 9:21.
7, Hudson Valley, Chandler (Cottrell, Sturges), 15:24. 8, Hudson Valley,
Usas (Vandervort, C. Paine), 18:52 (pp). 9, Mohawk Valley, Haird (unassisted),
Shots on goal – Mohawk Valley 15-4-9—28.
Hudson Valley 7-23-20—50.
Goalies – Mohawk Valley, Jaime Smith,
46 saves. Hudson Valley, Jason Vasco, 23 saves.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University
of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000
students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives
and worker retraining.