By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
The No. 7/7 Endicott College men’s ice hockey team made history yesterday, winning their first-ever NCAA Division III tournament game with a 4-3 win over N0. 4/5 Hobart in the opening round.
Endicott’s one-goal victory secured them a quarterfinal date with No. 8/9 Trinity College (Conn.), which scored a 4-1 first-round win over Plattsburgh State.
The two New England squads will meet this Saturday, March 18th in Hartford, Connecticut with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. A win for either squad would send them to the semifinals on Friday, March 24th.
The Gulls, who captured the initial Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown with a 5-4 win over University of New England, secured the program’s initial national tournament win midway through the final session when Jason Kalinowski netted his second goal of the contest. The go-ahead goal was set-up by Logan Day and Cam Bleck.
Endicott led Hobart, 1-0, after the opening period before the Statesmen evened the score at 3-3 with a trio of second period goals.
Kevin Aldridge, the Gulls’ netminder, turned aside 40 of 43 shots to help the visitors secure an exciting win.
Saturday’s victory over Hobart was the Gulls’ 12th-straight win – Endicott hasn’t dropped a contest since falling to the Nor’Easters on January 21st.