Ice Hockey shoots way to 2-0

AQUINAS PHOTO \  MIKE MAZZUCA SENIOR CAPTAIN Gregg Daley lines up during a faceoff in the ice hockey team’s game Saturday vs. Bloomsburg University. The team won 6-3, improving its record to 2-0 on the season.

AQUINAS PHOTO / MIKE MAZZUCA / SENIOR CAPTAIN Gregg Daley lines up during a faceoff in the ice hockey team’s game Saturday vs. Bloomsburg University. The team won 6-3, improving its record to 2-0 on the season.

Published: October 9, 2015

MICHAEL MAZZUCA
Sports Correspondent

The University club ice hockey team defeated Bloomsburg University 6-3 Saturday night at Revolution Ice Centre sparked by three goals in the last thirteen minutes of the first period.

To give the Royals a 2-1 lead, defenseman John Burdsall chipped the puck up the ice to first-year Mike Vaynshteyn., who bared down toward the right side of Bloomsburg’s goaltender. With the goalie’s pads low to the ice, Vaynshteyn flipped the black rubber over to give the Royals a 2-1 lead.

The University played its special teams unit when Bloomsburg’s Jon Blust was called for interference late in the opening period. It was the opportunity that the Royals were looking for.

It generated a barrage of shots and solid puck possession. Immediately off the faceoff, co-captain Gregg Daley passed the puck across the ice to Chris Marsman at the top of the right circle. The puck placed itself right in Marsman’s wheelhouse as the arena could hear the black rubber ding off the post into the net.

As fans and players were celebrating on the bench, Nick Iannotti jammed in another Royals tally to lead 4-1 entering the second period. Iannotti’s goal – assisted by Marsman and Maciej Wesolowski – came 24 seconds after Marsman’s.

The University club hockey defense coach and general manager Tim Moran described his club as a “high-energy team.”

“I think with each goal they scored, they got more confidence and that was their game,” Moran said Saturday night following the game.

The top line of Will Girimonte and captains Neil Jacobsen and Daley collected two goals and an assist. Girimonte notched the game’s first score after slipping the puck between the legs of a Bloomsburg defenseman. He rushed past the second defenseman and shot the puck high past Bloomsburg’s goalie.

Jacobsen recalled that play as a key moment in the game.

“(Girimonte) just had a nice move and came in and when you start the game with a goal, it’s a big push. He had the goal first. We feed off that goal and just keep on going, “ Jacobsen said.

The University is a scoring machine, producing 12 goals on 33 shots through their first four periods of the season. The team won its first two games of the season with a combined score of 14-7.

Vaynshteyn posted another goal six minutes into the second period. Ryan Kelly and Alex DiMeo assisted Vaynshteyn on the play. Girimonte put the Royals on top 6-1, helped by Chris Flannery with 4:31 left in the second frame.

“I don’t know these boys that well yet, but so far everything has been going great. I feel like a family with them so it’s pretty good,” Vaynshteyn said.

Bloomsburg scored two goals in the third, but the Royals built too much of a lead to fall.

Goalkeeper Nick Holencik picked up his first win in his first start to put the Royals at 2-0 for the season.

Coach Moran is excited about the year.

“The team this year has an amazing tempo right now, and it’s just incredible the way they pull together and play with each other,” Moran said.

Contact the writer: michael.mazzuca@scranton.edu

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