FEBRUARY 16, 2018
FIVE GOAL SECOND PERIOD LEADS 10TH-RANKED UTICA OVER KING'S
PITTSTON, PA --- The 10th-ranked Utica College men's ice hockey team scored five times in the second period to defeat King's College 8-3 on Friday night at Revolution Ice in Pittston. The game was the final home game for the Monarchs in their inaugural season.
King's sees their record fall to 0-24-0 overall and 0-15-0 in United Collegiate Hockey Conference play while Utica improves to 18-5-1 overall and 11-4-0 in the UCHC.
The Pioneers scored first 5:32 into the game when Jacob Gerson was able to find the back of the net for his sixth of the year. The Monarchs came right back about five minutes later when Luke Damiano scored a power-play goal right before the opportunity expired to even the game at one. Alex Bastone and Cameron Anklewich picked up the assists on the goal. However, Utica retook the lead when Tyler Pietrowski was able to fire a shot past Jake Tugnutt at the 12:52 mark of the period.
Utica, who entered the game as the 10th ranked team in both polls, came out firing in the second period and scored four goals in the first 8:24. The Pioneers wrapped up the period with another goal in the last minute of play to take a 7-1 lead. Utica outshot the Monarchs 22-2 in the period and had five different players score and had 10 different players record a point in the period.
The Monarchs came out of the locker room strong for the third period and were able to cut the deficit to 7-3 on goals from Tanner Wilding and Anklewich. Wildring scored his goal just three seconds into a power-play opportunity when Luciano Bucci won the faceoff and Wildring knocked the puck into the net. The Monarchs scored their first even-strength goal of the game with 5:02 left in the game when Andrew Newman found Ancklewich for his third goal of the year. The Pioneers wrapped up the scoring a minute later when Justin Derlago scored a power-play goal nine seconds into the opportunity.
Cameron Anklewich led the Monarchs with the one goal and one assist for the first multiple-point game of his career. Luke Damiano and Tanner Wildring scored a goal each while Alex Bastone, Andrew Newman, and Luciano Bucci each had one assist. Jake Tugnutt made 42 saves in goal. The Monarchs finished the game 2-3 on power-play opportunities. Anthony Frati won 18 of 26 faceoffs to help the Monarchs have a 34-30 faceoff advantage in the game.
Utica had eight different players score and 14 players record a point. Dalton Carter had one goal and three assists while Anthony McVeigh and Tyler Pietrowski added a goal and two assists each. Henry Dill made 13 saves to pick up the win in goal. The Pioneers took advantage of King's only penalty of the game.
The Monarchs will close out the season tomorrow afternoon when they face Nazareth College at 4:00 p.m. at Bill Gray's Iceplex in Rochester, N.Y.