January 11, 2016

College hockey: Dragons upset ranked Nichols

The SUNY Cortland men’s hockey team has opened second semester play with back-to-back victories, the latest being Saturday’s 4-3 upset victory over nationally-ranked Nichols College.
Sophomore Darren McCormick’s power play goal scored with seven minutes remaining in the third period lifted the Red Dragons past the Alumni Arena visitors, as Cortland improves to 6-6-3 overall.
Cortland was fresh from a non-league victory over another Massachusetts school the previous evening, having beaten Becker College 5-1 on Friday.
Against nationally 12th ranked Nichols (10-4), the Red Dragons also got goals from Casie Garrison, Andrew McCann and Dan Broderick while overcoming a 33-27 shot advantage by the Bison.
Sophomore goalie Drew Weigman came up with 30 saves for the Red Dragons.
The Bison took a 2-0 lead after the opening period on Frank Butler’s deflection in front at 3:02 on the power play and Brien Thompson’s slap shot from the left circle at 8:18.
Cortland tied the game at 2-2 with a pair or early second-period goals. Junior Garrison, a Cortland native, scored from the right circle just 12 seconds into the period and sophomore Broderick deflected a pass from senior Sam Pinsler past Nichols goalie Alex Larson on the power play at 4:30.
Nichols regained the lead on Butler’s second goal on a deflection at 11:16 of the second period, but sophomore McCann sent the game to the third period tied at 3-3 when he scored on a wrist shot from the right circle after collecting a pass from senior Mike Davie off the right boards.
McCormick netted the game winner at 13:00 of the final period, deflecting in a slap shot taken by teammate Ryan Wagner for his team-high eighth goal of the season.
Nichols pulled goalie Larson for an extra skater with 1:43 remaining but could not net the equalizer and Cortland held on for the victory.
The Red Dragons are back home this coming Friday, taking on Assumption from Massachusetts in a 7:30 p.m. non-league skate.

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