December 10, 2012
Pilgrims swept by Cortland
The SUNY Cortland men’s hockey team closed out first semester play with a second consecutive victory, opening up a 4-0 second period lead en route to a 6-2 non-conference victory over New England College on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Chris Kaleta led the Red Dragons (4-7-2) with a pair of goals and junior A.J. Moyer had a pair of assists at Alumni Arena, where Cortland had knocked off New England College 3-2 the previous evening.
Cortland opened up a 3-0 lead after one period on sophomore David Moore’s first goal as a Red Dragon at 2:33, senior Michael Lysyj’s team-high 11th goal at 11:00 and sophomore Nick Zappia’s unassisted power-play goal at 11:40.
Kaleta made it a 4-0 game with his 10th goal of the season on the power play at 4:19 of the second period. The Pilgrims (4-5-1) out of New Hampshire pulled to within 4-2 as Samuli Turunen put in his own rebound at 10:53 of the second and Ben Souders scored less than four minutes later.
The Red Dragons sealed the win with a power-play goal from Kaleta just 32 seconds into the third period and freshman Kyle Herring’s goal on a slap shot from the right point after a face-off win by senior Matty Davie at 7:23.
The Red Dragons finished with a 38-28 shot advantage, Lyle Rocker coming up with 26 saves in goal for the winners.
Cortland — 2-1-1 in its last four contests — is idle until it returns to action with a non-conference game at Nazareth on Jan. 8.
Cortland Women Nipped
BUFFALO — Buffalo State’s Nikki Kirchberger had a three-goal hat trick and the host Bengals held off a Cortland rally to defeat the Red Dragons 3-2 on Saturday.
Jordan Lee made 17 saves for Buffalo State (4-6-1), which led 3-0 with one minute left in the second period. Buffalo State and Cortland will play two ECAC West games in Cortland Feb. 1-2.
Senior Maggie Giamo led Cortland (1-9-1) with a goal and an assist and freshman Maggie Corbett also scored.
Cortland, enjoying a two-skater advantage, got on the board when Corbett scored off a Giamo assist with just 54 seconds left in the second. The Red Dragons drew within a goal 4:37 into the third as Giamo found the net, assisted by freshman Lauryn Gillis.
Cortland pressured the Bengals late but couldn’t net the equalizer. The Red Dragons are off until Jane. 8 when they host Hamilton College in a non-league game.
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