Skidmore Defeats Men's Hockey in Conference Action

BOSTON, Mass. – With a pair of goals in the third period, one an empty-netter, Skidmore College (8-11-2, 7-7-0 ECAC East) downed men's hockey (10-8-3, 6-7-1 ECAC East) by the final score of 4-2 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Playing a major part in the decisive period for the Thoroughbreds was Brad Schuler who assisted both of the goals.  The deciding score came from Nick Dupuis with less than four minutes to play in regulation.

Leading up those two goals was a very physical, but clean match-up between two squads still looking cement a spot in this year's ECAC East conference tournament. 

Skidmore broke the scoreless draw at the 6:04 mark of the first period on a power-play goal from Tyler Doremus.  UMass Boston would respond nine minutes later with their first goal of the contest.  Senior Andrew Burke (Southampton, Pa.) tied the game at 1-1 on an Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) assist.

After the first intermission, Skidmore once again scored the early goal to regain the lead this time on an even strength play from Vlad Gavrik.  However just like the first frame, the Beacons answered right back with their second goal of the day, this time from Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.).  Picking-up the assists on the then tying goal was Bryan Albert (Redlands, Calif.) and Daniel.

Through the first two frames the two squads were dead even in the shots column having each tallied 27 shots on goal.  Colin Bessey, who got the win Saturday afternoon, went on to record 42 saves between the pipes.  Kevin Bendel (Denville, N.J.), fresh off of his win last night against fourth ranked Castleton State College, totaled 32 saves in his first loss in almost a month.

After the second intermission both teams battled up-and-down the ice looking for that crucial goal.  As a team the period belonged to the Beacons as they outshot the Thoroughbreds 17-9, but with the two late goals Skidmore would take the victory.

On the day, Skidmore was 1-for-3 on the power-play, while the Beacons went just 0-for-1, with the lone Skidmore penalty coming midway through the final period.

Men's Hockey will host the University of New England next Friday at 7 p.m.