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Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Falls To SUNY Geneseo In NCAA Tournament

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the first-round of the NCAA Division 3 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. The Bison saw their season conclude with a 3-2 setback against Geneseo State:

GENESEO, N.Y. – Sophomore Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) made a career-high 45 saves in Nichols College’s 3-2 loss at SUNY Geneseo Thursday evening in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Wilson Ice Arena.

Junior Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) and sophomore Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored for the Bison, who were making their second trip to the NCAA’s in program history (2008-09).

Freshman Connor Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) picked up a goal and an assist for the Knights (22-6-0), who will host Norwich Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Nate Brown (Bethel Park, Pa.) tallied two assists for SUNY Geneseo, which outshot Nichols 48-33.

“I thought it was a very even hockey game,” said Nichols head coach Kevin Swallow. “We battled them from start to finish and I thought we had our chances. The shots were not indicative of how this game was played – the score was. Both teams were very evenly matched. We could have been a little hungrier around the net and buried a couple, but you have to give them credit. They’re a very good hockey team.”

The Knights opened the scoring just 2:25 into the contest when junior Justin Scharfe (Webster, N.Y.) tucked a shot inside the right post behind Larson. Brown and Anthoine were credited with assists on the Scharfe’s 10th marker of the season.

All five Bison touched the puck on Beasley’s goal at 16:08 of the first. Junior Chris Gularte (Salinas, Calif.) sent a pass from the right point down to classmate Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) along the right wing boards. Sposit fed Beasley just outside the crease, and he lifted a backhand shot over the glove hand of Horrigan.

Junior Tyler Brickler (Riverwoods, Ill.) scored the game-winning goal – his 15th goal of the season – on the power play at 15:18 of the second period. He sent a shot through from the point through a screen and into the lower left side of the net. Early in the third, Brown took a shot from the right point that Anthoine redirected over the right shoulder of Larson at 2:10 to push the SUNY Geneseo lead to 3-1.

Nichols climbed to within one at 10:50 of the third when Jackson redirected a pass from sophomore Sean Fleming (Easthampton, N.J.) past SUNY Geneseo sophomore goalie Nick Horrigan (Mount Forest, Ontario). The Bison nearly tied the game with Larson on the bench for the extra attacker late in the stanza, but Sposit’s shot from the right side struck the right post along the ice.

“Alex played great. He’s a big-game player who always shows up when we have a tough opponent, and tonight was no exception,” said Swallow. “He played great start-to-finish.”

Horrigan made 31 saves to improve to 13-1-0 on the season. SUNY Geneseo went 1-for-3 with the extra attacker while Nichols did not receive a power-play opportunity.

Nichols closes its season 18-7-3.

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Concludes Regular Season With 5-5 Tie Against WNE

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s ice hockey contest, which saw the Bison conclude their season with a 5-5 tie to Western New England:

 HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Junior Evan Jones (Famington Hills, Mich.) scored his first goal of the season as the Nichols College men’s ice hockey team finished in a 5-5 tie with Western New England in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast action Saturday night at Levy Rink.

The Bison end the regular season 16-6-3 (9-3-2 ECAC Northeast) and will host a conference semi-final game on Wednesday, March 5, with a matchup to be determined.

The Golden Bears (10-13-1, 4-8-1 ECAC Northeast) got things going at 9:18 of the first period when junior Michael Darrar (Monroe Township, N.J.) took a shot from the bottom of the left circle and bested senior goaltender Dylan Woodring (Rouge River, Ore.). Junior Andrew Cramer (New Wilmington, Pa.) received credit for the assist on the goal.

Junior Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) evened things up 33 seconds later when he redirected a shot from classmate Kyle Shapiro (Ambler, Pa.) in the crease and past junior Tim Carr (Pine Bush, N.Y.). Sophomore Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) was credited with the secondary apple.

Western New England retook the lead at 16:56 of the same stanza. Senior Alan Martin (Monson, Mass.) scored his seventh goal of the season and was assisted by sophomore Chris Lembo (Southington, Conn.) and senior Brian Prost (Parma, Ohio).

The Golden Bears expanded their lead less than a minute into the second period when junior Joe Budnick (Newington, Conn.) wristed a shot from the top of the right circle and over the blocker of Woodring. Sophomore Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) relieved Woodring following the goal and played the rest of the game.

Nichols answered back with three unanswered goals in the same stanza. Junior Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) took a shot from the slot and over the blocker of Carr to pull within one. Classmate Chris Gularte (Salinas, Calif.) evened the score at three at 14:55. Senior Josh DeLoach (Tampa, Fla.) passed it from the left point over to Gularte, who then blasted a shot from the right point and over the glove of the goaltender. Senior Greg Strootman (Aston, Pa.) was also credited with an assist on the equalizer.

The Bison took the lead at 18:12 of the second period when sophomore Sean Fleming (Easthampton, N.J.) dropped a pass back to Jones at the bottom of the left circle and Jones beat the goalie stick-side. The goal marked Jones’ first of the season.

Beasley scored just 1:04 into the third period on a tough-angled shot from the bottom of the left circle that found its way into the back of the net. Juniors Kyle Shapiro (Ambler, Pa.) and Mike Schwartz (Long Beach, N.Y.) both tallied assists to make the score 5-3 Bison.

The Golden Bears pulled their deficit to within a goal less than a minute later when Martin notched his second goal of the game. Following slashing penalties by both Shapiro and graduate student Ray Furr (Woodbridge, Va.), Western New England went on a two-man advantage for 45 seconds. It only took the Golden Bears six seconds though as they took the faceoff from the left circle in the Bison zone, and Prost passed it over to junior Brandon Stroud (Clarksville, Ind.) who then was able to best Larson top shelf.

Nichols outshot Western New England in overtime 4-3, however, finished outshot for the game 44-35. Larson picked up 28 saves while Woodring tallied 11 saves in a little over a period of work. Carr notched 30 saves for the Golden Bears.

Western New England travels to Worcester, Mass. to take on conference foe Becker College Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Beats WNE, Clinches Second Place In ECAC Northeast

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team that topped Western New England College and claimed second place in the upcoming ECAC Northeast tournament:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) and first-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had a goal and an assist as the Nichols College men’s ice hockey team defeated visiting Western New England, 4-1, in an ECAC Northeast showdown at Levy Rink. With the win, Nichols (16-7-1, 9-3-1 ECACNE) clinches second place in the league standings and a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. The Bison will host a home game on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 8:10 p.m. against an opponent to be decided during the opening round on Saturday, Feb. 23. Western New England claims a home game in the first round and will wait until the end of Tuesday’s games to learn their opponent.

First-year Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) made 14 saves en route to his 10th victory of the season (10-5-1) for the most victories by a Bison rookie goaltender since Keith Fink ’09 won 16 games in his inaugural season in 2005-2006. Sophomore Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) pitched in with a pair of helpers.

Sophomore Chris Gularte (Salinas, Calif.) potted a power play goal with a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic. Jackson and senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) each had a helper on the tally at 5:13 in the first. Later in the frame, junior Brian Prost (Parma, Ohio) buried a shot from the left circle off a feed from junior John Kelly (Staten Island, N.Y.) to even the game with a power play goal at 15:51. Nichols claimed a commanding 22-4 lead in shots as each side capitalized on an extra man opportunity.

First-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) snapped the 1-alll tie midway through the second period as he finished off a series of rebounds after shots by classmate Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) at 10:46. The Bison outshot the visitors 18-5 in the frame and took advantage of a power play opportunity.

Sposit and sophomore Mike Schwartz (Long Beach, N.Y.) struck 1:31 apart to extend the Bison lead. At 6:10, Beasley and sophomore Kyle Shapiro (Ambler, Pa.) as Schwartz beat the goaltender on the stick side for his first goal of the season. Jackson and senior Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) each had a stick Nichols fourth goal of the evening with 12:19 left in the game.

Western New England junior Eric Sorenson (Fairport, N.Y.) turned aside 48 shots in the setback for the Golden Bears as he fell to 5-7-0 on the season.

Nichols closes out the regular season with a 7:35 p.m. game at Curry on Tuesday night.

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Skates Past Suffolk, Fleming Scores First Collegiate Goal

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s press release from the men’s ice hockey game against Suffolk University, which saw the Bison earn an important two-goal victory against the Rams:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Nine different Nichols College men’s ice hockey student-athletes recorded a point as the Bison defeated visiting Suffolk, 3-1, on Wednesday night in an ECAC Northeast game at Levy Rink. With the win, Nichols continues a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and notches the most victories since the 2008-09 season with a 14-7-1 overall record and 7-3-1 ledger in the league. The Rams slip to 6-11-5 on the year and 3-5-3 in the ECAC Northeast.

Senior captain Wil Brown (Hershey, Pa.) skated in his 100th consecutive game overall and 75th in a Nichols sweater. The three-year Bison began his streak in Lebanon Valley College’s season-opener on October 23, 2009.

“Playing in 100 games has been a goal of mine since I began college,” remarked Brown upon being notified of the milestone.

Nichols first-year Sean Fleming (Eastampton, N.J.) started the night off with his first collegiate goal midway through the first period. Sophomores Mike Schwartz (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) each had a stick in the scoring opportunity at 10:32. With 1:54 left in the frame, Suffolk rookie Mike Cherpark (Enfield, Conn.) snuck the puck past the goaltender’s shoulder with help from junior Jon Stauffer (Landsdale, Pa.) to even the game at 1-1. Nichols claimed a 15-10 advantage on shots as both teams had one power play chance in the stanza.

The Bison potted a pair of second period goals 1:32 apart to build a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) knocked home a pass from first-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) at 10:47 before senior Zach Kohn (Delafield, Wis.) and sophomore Chris Gularte (Salinas, Calif.) created a chance for rookie Daniel Bufis (Linden, N.J.)at 12:19. Junior Josh DeLoach (Tampa, Fla.) was also credited with a helper on Sposit’s tally. Nichols outshot the visitors 12-6 in the period as each team went 0-for-1 with extra personnel.

Neither team found the back of the net in a third period that saw the Bison take 16 of the 23 shots and have a trio of power play chances. Suffolk went 0-for-1 in the final frame.

The game was played as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) winter “Play For a Cure” week. Each season, SAAC and the Nichols athletic teams combine efforts to help raise awareness about a disease or particular issue that affects the Nichols community. The theme this winter is stomach cancer. Nichols student-athletes and game staff, as well as the officials donned periwinkle stick-on ribbons. The contest also featured a ceremonial puck drop prior to the contest.

Both squads are back on the ice on Saturday. Nichols travels to Curry for a 4:35 p.m. game while Suffolk heads to city-rival Wentworth at 4:10 p.m.