Holencik Boasts Shutout at Military Appreciation Night
February 4, 2017
SCRANTON–Scranton Hockey hosted their first Military Appreciation Night through US Hockey Players Support Our Troops. The donations received go to supporting active military members by sending care packages to troops stationed overseas. By the end of the night, Scranton Hockey racked up $1200 in donations for USHPSOT for servicemen. The hockey players plan to follow up by purchasing items and packing boxes to be sent to outposts around the world.
With their donation goal in mind, Scranton set out against West Chester University following a rousing speech by USHPSOT founder Charlie Gili. A mere 7 seconds into the game, Sophomore Chris Marsman rocked a zinger assisted by Junior Ross Kleinschmidt and Sophomore Mike Vaynshteyn. The three, along with Freshman Alex Hristakis, are former teammates from Long Island and were coached by another Scranton Alumni, and Ross's brother, Ryan Kleinschmidt. Ross Kleinschmidt, not to be outdone by his defensive teammate, scored a goal nearly 6 minutes into the game, assisted by Vaynshteyn and Hristakis. Freshman Marc Gurega kept the vibe going with a goal 3/4 of the way through the period, assisted by Kleinschmidt and Vaynshteyn. Vaynshteyn, heading into the zone with a 2-on-1, snapped a nice one-timer assisted by Gurega to score the 4th goal of the night. To end the period on a high note, Gurega scored his 2nd goal of the game with 16 seconds left, assisted by Juniors Mike Manfredonia and Alex DiMeo. Scranton headed to the locker room up 5-0.
With a goal tender change by WCU heading into the second period, Scranton's fight to maintain their lead was rivaled by WCU's fight to score their first goal. The battle ensued throughout the period, with both teams remaining scoreless for its entirety.
Scranton headed into the third period with one goal in mind--keep WCU scoreless and give the Military a game that no one would soon forget. Hristakis, who had been fighting to get his first goal as a Scranton Hockey player, managed to put one in towards the end of the period, with assists by Vaynshteyn and Gurega. Scranton ended the game 6-0 against WCU.
It was a night of firsts, with Scranton's first Military Appreciation Night and Hristakis's first goal of the season. Perhaps the most impressive was Junior Nick Holencik's first career shutout in net. Holencik, who has seen over 780 minutes of playing time in 14 games, registered 26 saves tonight to bring his total to 543 saves this season. Holencik is sure to see his share of shots when Scranton takes the ice next weekend to face off against Princeton for their last game of the season on 2/12/17 at 4PM. The last game will also double as Scranton's Senior Night, honoring Maciej "Magic" Wesolowski, Chris Corbett and Lewis Hackling.