Scranton & Seton Hall's Captains
with Susan G Komen NEPA
Executive Director Dolly Woody
PITTSTON–Scranton began the weekend on the road Friday night, playing at Princeton's historic Baker Arena. The team took to the ice against Princeton with Freshman Dylan Euvino making his debut in net. A quick goal by Princeton within the first three minutes in an attempt to dominate the game woke the boys up. Junior Ryan Kelly scored Scranton's first goal of the game after a scoreless 12-minute span. Kelly's goal was assisted by Junior Chris Marsman. The only penalty of the first period put Scranton on the PK. Princeton capitalized off this, bringing the score to 2-1 Princeton to end the first.
The second period was a strong battle on both sides, with no goals scored in the first 15 minutes of play. Princeton knocked one in the net as the clock ticked down, bringing the Tigers up 3-1. Marsman, known for rallying when Scranton's down, put one in the net in the last two minutes of the period, assisted by Junior Dan Blazejewski. The second period ended with Princeton up 3-2 over Scranton.
Scranton came out ready to play for the third period, with Senior Lewis Hackling scoring within the first two minutes to tie the game. His goal went unassisted. Marsman rocketed another ringer just before the midpoint of the period to bring Scranton up 4-3. Sophomore Alex Hristakis, one of the many Freeport Arrows alumni on the Scranton team, scored what would be the game-winning goal with just over seven minutes left in the third. Senior Alex DiMeo scored Scranton's last goal of the game less than a minute later, assisted by Seniors Will Girimonte and Mike Manfredonia. A late-period goal by Princeton ended the game with the Royals winning 6-4 over the Tigers.
With 22 SOG throughout the game, Euvino made his debut with the University of Scranton. His 18 saves helped bring Scranton to victory, and Scranton will surely be seeing a lot more of him on the ice this season.
The first day of October was celebrated with the Royals shedding their usual white home jerseys for pink. Dolly Woody, Executive Director of the Northeast Pennsylvania Affiliate for the Susan G Komen Foundation, joined Scranton in their Skate for the Cure night. The boys have worked hard over the last month, raising awareness of the event throughout the community, gathering donations from local vendors to raffle off and selling tickets and t-shirts on campus to raise money for breast cancer treatments and scientific studies--all in an effort to find a cure. The event really came together under Senior Lewis Hackling and Carol Marsman, Junior Chris Marsman's mother and president of the Scranton Hockey Booster club. This partnership churned out $1500 to be donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation!
The first period showed promise for Scranton, as they took to the ice ready to play after having last night off. Sophomore Marc Gurega scored the first goal of the game, assisted by Junior Mike Vaynshteyn. The next 10 minutes went by scoreless, with the majority of the play down in Seton Hall's defensive zone. Their persistence paid off, however, with Kelly scoring at the 6-minute mark, assisted by Hackling and Freshman Pete Cassidy. Cassidy had to make his mark before their shift was up, scoring less than a minute later, assisted by his linemates Kelly and Hackling. Both goals were scored with Scranton on the PowerPlay. Scranton ended the period up 3-0 over Seton Hall.
Second period showed Seton Hall coming out hard. An early-period penalty put Scranton on the PK, with Seton Hall capitalizing for their first goal of the night. Less than 30 seconds later, Seton Hall scored again to bring the game to 3-2. Scranton, again on the PK midway through the period, stepped up their game with Vaynshteyn scoring a short-handed goal assisted by Senior Ross Kleinschmidt and Marsman to give the Royals a two-goal lead. In a little over a minute, Seton Hall picked up the pace and kocked two more in the net to tie the game 4-4. Kleinschmidt, who is on his fourth season with Scranton, took the initiative and sniped two unassisted goals in a 7-second span to bring back Scranton's lead and end the period 6-4.
Scranton's steam would run out in the third period, however. A string of penalties on both sides gave each team scoring opportunities, although neither team seemed to capitalize off this. Seton Hall put 4 goals in the net in the first half of the period to bring them up 8-6 over Scranton. Despite some scoring chances, Vaynshteyn scored the only point of the period for Scranton. Seton Hall put another puck in the net right before the buzzer, bringing the final score to 9-7.
Senior Nick Holencik proudly wore his pink in the net tonight, saving 23 of the 32 SOG. Keeping with the theme of the night, Holencik pinked up his pads. Scranton takes a hiatus next weekend for Fall Break, returning to the ice for their second game against Princeton on Sunday, October 15th at 5PM at Revolution Ice.