Vikings Rally Falls Short
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, December 3, 2005
The Hudson Valley Community College (3-6, 1-4 Region III) ice hockey team had 25 shots over the final 24 minutes of the contest, but could not overcome a three-goal deficit in a 5-4 loss to defending national champion Morrisville State College (4-5-2/3-1-1 Region III).
Hudson Valley trailed 4-1 with four minutes remaining in the second period when freshman Dane Anderson (Newburgh/Newburgh Free Academy) scored his second goal of the game to cut the Mustangs lead to 4-2 heading into the second intermission.
The Vikings pulled to within a goal with 10:10 remaining in the game on a deflected goal by sophomore Chris Gramlich (Philadelphia/Bishop McDevitt High School).
However, Peyton Dzuria (Clinton/Rome Catholic High School) scored 20 second later to up Morrisville's lead to 5-3.
After pulling the goaltender in the final minutes, Hudson Valley closed the gap to within a goal with 1:22 remaining on a goal by sophomore Drew Luther (Guilderland/Guilderland High School).
The Vikings were on the power play during the final 1:01 of the contest but could not get a shot past Morrisville goaltender Brett Frease (Geneseo).
Nick Carelli (Genelle, BC) had two goals to lead Morrisville, which has won the last two NJCAA national championships.
Morrisville State 1 3 1 – 5
Hudson Valley 0 2 2 – 4
Morrisville State: Corey Smith 1-1, Chris Cacace 0-2, Justin Chamberlin 0-3, Dana Calderone 1-1, Nick Carelli 2-0, Peyton Dzuria 1-0, Tim Dorak 0-1, Brad Harrington 0-1.
Hudson Valley: Jeff Beecher 0-1, Dane Anderson 2-0, Kevin O'Connell 0-1, Drew Luther 1-1, Brett Holmes 0-1, Chris Gramlich 1-1, Brian Maher 0-1.
Shots on goal: Morrisville State 10-9-7—26; Hudson Valley 8-7-20—35
Goalies: Morrisville State – Brett Frease (60 minutes, 35 shots, 31 saves); Hudson Valley – Devon Lent (59 minutes, 26 shots, 21 saves).