Ferraro Comes Up Big Early to Keep SVC close in the First Period
Polar Bearcats Starting to Build Special Season
With decisive wins over Pitt Greensburg and Pitt Bradford the past weekend by respective 11-4 and 12-1 scores, Saint Vincent improved its record to 5-1-0, positioning itself to have one of its best seasons in recent years. In the Friday evening match against UPG, St. Vincent lost an early lead with sloppy play and ended the first frame behind 4-3 in spite of 2 scores by Haberstroh and a goal by Burchick. SVC continually gave away time and space and had poor defensive zone play in front of goaltender Alex Ferraro. UPG took advantage of what was given, scored 3 goals less than 5 minutes and held a 15-8 shot advantage after the first. Adjustments to start the second settled the play off Saint Vincent and a shorthanded and even strength goal by Zack Zapata began to turn the tide. The score that sent UPG on its heels came after some devastating wall play by Joel Santoro and Cheyton Burchick. Emerging from a rugby scrum, Santoro worked his way behind the UPG net and laid a perfect feed to Captain Stone Haberstroh who snapped the puck into the net for a hat-trick goal. With a 6-4 lead heading into the final period, Tristan Moyer found the net three times in the third to go along with scores by Haberstroh and Fuchs. Alex Ferraro faced 37 shots to gain the win.
The result was little better for host Pitt Bradford team on Sunday. At their home rink in Olean, NY, UPB played a calculated first period and used solid positional play to frustrate SVC until a Zach Zapata goal cracked the opening score. Followed by a Joe Moyer goal, SVC took a 2-0 lead into the locker room. The second frame was owned by Saint Vincent as 25 shots and goals by 6 different players overwhelmed a single power play tally by UPB. Bradford recovered in the third until penalties gave SVC the opportunity to score 3 power play goals, including a hat trick by Joe Moyer, who match this brother’s effort the day before. Shane Stone made 22 saves for the win. Two players collected their first scores of the season as Joel Santoro deflected a shot with his skate and Mike Malozzi was finally rewarded after numerous scoring opportunities early in the contest.
Two important road games are on schedule next weekend as the Polar Bearcats travel to Robert Morris on Friday evening and face off against Duquesne University in a Sunday morning match.
Penalty Filled Game Ends with SVC Beating Pitt Bradford 7-3
Lead with a 4 goal effort by Captain Stone Haberstroh, that included 2 shorthanded tallies, SVC took a big early lead, lost ground with Pitt Bradford staging a comeback, and finally put the game away with the last two scores of the match. Zack Zapata added two scores with Mitch Fuchs adding 5 assists. Clark Josephson had the opener for SVC. Two outstanding plays included a give and go net drive by Haberstroh with a back and forth feed with Fuchs behind the net and the second shorthanded score by the SVC Captain. He stripped the puck in the defensive zone and snapped a blistering wrist shot over the UPB netminder. Freshman goalie Shane Stone stopped 18 shots in his first game for SVC to record the win. He made several key saves that kept UPB at bay when they drew the score to 5-3 early in the 3’rd period. Numerous minor penalties on both sides destroyed the flow of the game. One altercation resulted in 4 fighting penalties. After a scrum that was cleared by the officials UPB player #18 pitchforked SVC defenseman Chris Miller who defended himself in the scuffle. Andrew Vecchio was also ejected for Saint Vincent.
Saint Vincent Preps for Back to Back Games Against Pitt Bradford
SVC will play home and away the next two Sundays in its first ever match ups against Pitt Bradford. Saint Vincent will play at home Sunday, October 27 and travel to Olean New York for a 3PM game the next Sunday.
Polar Bearcats Defeat Robert Morris
A match that should have been a decisive win for SVC stayed tense until Clark Josephson scored a goal midway through the third period to lock in a 4-1 victory. RMU goaltender Wyatt Wolf made 73 saves and played a solid positional game cutting angles and frustrating the Saint Vincent shooters. Nick Rogalski’s opening shorthanded goal was answered by RMU late in the first period on a break-away from the penalty box. Freshman defenseman Chris Miller scored his first SVC goal, shorthanded, in what would be the eventual game winner in the second, followed by a power play goal from Zach Zapata. Alex Ferraro got the win in goal, splitting the game with Rob Wynn who foiled RMU on a breakaway. Every player for SVC had a shot on goal.
Success with Case Western
Although Case dominated in shots by 47 to 28 and zone time, they could not solve the goaltending riddle of Alex Ferraro or a 5 goal SVC power play outburst as Saint Vincent skated away with a 7-2 victory. The first line of Haberstroh, Fuchs and Zapata combined for 6 goals and 4 of the power play scores with a hat trick by Haberstroh and 2 power play markers by Zapata. Nick Rogalski added another power play score. The game winner came on an incredible end to end rush by Haberstroh, taking the puck from behind the Saint Vincent net, working through several checks along the wall in the Case zone and ending with a sharp wrist shot behind the Spartan goaltender. One area dominated by SVC – hits. Moyer Inc. brothers, Joe and Tristan, Joel Santoro and Cheyton Burchick ran over and through several Case players.
SVC Drops Opener to I.U.P. 5-1
After a surprise start and an early lead on a goal by Joe Moyer, SVC faded against I.U.P. as the game progressed. Numerous penalties on both sides make for a choppy contest as Saint Vincent struggled to maintain good defensive gaps. Several blue line turnovers and long passes that seldom connected thwarted momentum for the home Bearcats. Goaltending was solid and the team played a strong third period, deadlocking IUP at 0-0. IUP held the shot advantage at 56 to 26.
Saint Vincent travels to Case this Friday to start league play.
Captain Stone Haberstroh and Assistant Captains Joe Moyer and Trent Stead lead SVC in its first game of the 2019-2020 season, Sunday, September 22, 2019 vs. I.U.P. at Center Ice Arena in Delmont. Face Off at 2:20 PM. The game marks the start of the 50’th season from the team’s origination in 1969-1970 by students Bob Farrell and Gerry Hyner.