Vandervort's Goal Downs Monroe, 5-4
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, January 18, 2001
Hudson Valley's Dean Vandervort Scores Game-Winner Late
In The Third Period To Beat Region-Leading Monroe
Troy, January 18 – Hudson Valley Community
College's Dean Vandervort (Jacobstown, NJ) proved he could shine
in the spotlight Thursday night.
"The difference tonight was Dean Vandervort and his
last goal," said Hudson Valley hockey coach Ron Kuhl after Vandervort
scored twice, leading the Vikings to a 5-4 Eastern Junior College Hockey
League (EJCHL) victory against Monroe Community College. "Every time he
takes the puck up the ice, something good happens."
That's exactly what Vandervort did at Troy's Conway
Ice Arena Thursday evening. With the game tied, he went the length of the
rink, juking out a pair of Monroe defenders to get a good look at the Monroe
net. From 10 feet away, as he drifted toward the boards, Vandervort lifted
a wrister into the opposite corner of the goal, scoring the game-winner
with 6:22 left in the third period.
Vandervort also scored Hudson Valley's first goal,
at 3:19 in the first period. The first-year center now has a team-high
The Vikings (11-4) also beat Monroe (7-7-1) on November
17, scoring a 3-2 overtime victory on the road.
While Vandervort put Hudson Valley on the scoreboard
Thursday night, goaltender Jason Vasco (CBA) fended off the Monroe
attack. The Vikings were hit with 18 penalty minutes, but Vasco and the
Hudson Valley defense allowed just one power play goal. In fact, during
a two-minute stretch in the second period, with Monroe sporting a 5-on-4
advantage, Vasco turned aside 10 shots. The freshman made 29 saves in all
and held Monroe scoreless in the third period.
"He's a difference-maker," Kuhl said. "When one part
of the team is flat, another piece picks it up. Jason came up huge tonight."
Kyle Reynolds (La Salle), Chris Paine (Saratoga)
and Jim Sturges (North Hampton, MA) each scored a goal for the Vikings.
Paine added a pair of assists.
HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 5
MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4
2 2 0
Hudson Valley 3 1
1 -- 5
First Period – 1, Monroe, Allison
(unassisted), 2:38. 2, Hudson Valley, Vandervort (M. Paine), 3:19. 3, Hudson
Valley, Sturges (C. Paine), 10:41 (pp). 4, Hudson Valley, Reynolds (C.
Paine), 17:32 (pp). 5, Monroe, Yaskulski (Allison), 18:17.
Second Period – 6, Monroe, Enright
(Goula), 12:48 (pp). 7, Monroe, Moore (Allison), 14:13. 8, Hudson Valley,
C. Paine (Finkin), 15:31.
Third Period – 9, Hudson Valley, Vandervort
Goalies – Monroe, Chinappi and Taylor
combined for 35 saves. Hudson Valley, Vasco (33 shots, 29 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.