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Hobart, Manhattanville Tie


GENEVA, N.Y.—The No. 9 Hobart College hockey team battled to a 4-4 overtime tie with visiting Manhattanville in an ECAC West game played this afternoon at The Cooler. The Statesmen are now 3-0-1 overall, while the Valiants are 0-1-1.


Eight different Hobart players earned at least a point. Senior Ryan Corcoran (Stamford, Conn.) led the effort for the Statesmen with two assists.  Matt Coleman led Manhattanville with a goal and an assist.


The Valiants struck first 4:45 into the first. Paul Sirignano made it 1-0 after a pass from Louie Balzano. With 5:09 left before the first break, senior Frank Salituro (Vaughan, Ontario) tallied his third goal of the season to tie the game at one. After passes from sophomore Brad McBride (Lone Tree, Colo.) and senior Bobby Hannah (Burbank, Calif.), Salituro lifted a shot over Manhattanville goalie, Brian Fleming’s, shoulder and into the top right corner of the goal to tie the game at one.


First-year Bo Webster (Aurora, Ontario) tallied his second of the year at 7:48 in the second to give Hobart a 2-1 advantage. Corcoran and first-year Ben Gamache (Longlac, Ontario) logged the assists. With 2:15 left before the second intermission, juniorTommy Fiorentino (New Hartford, N.Y.) netted his first tally of the season on a Statesmen power play after a quick pass from Corcoran to make it 3-1.


The Valiants rallied scoring three quick goals in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Brett Skalski capitalized on a power play that carried over from the second period just 35 seconds into the third. Coleman earned the assist. At 3:14, Coleman notched a goal of his own off an assist from Scott Hudson, and at 4:37, Craig Simchuk put the Valiants on top with a shorthanded tally.


However, the Statesmen weren’t finished. With 4:57 left in regulation, sophomore Terrence O’Neill (Kearny, N.J.) blasted a shot into the back of the net from the right side to tie the game at 4-4. O’Neill’s first goal of the season sent the game into overtime, but neither team could net the game-winner. Each team logged three shots in the extra period. The Statesmen held a 55-35 lead in overall shots.


Hobart went 1-for-7 on the power-play, while Manhattanville finished 1-for-5.


Senior goalie Nick Broadwater (Portland, Maine) finished with 31 saves in 64:55 for Hobart. Fleming recorded 51 saves in all 65 minutes in goal for the Valiants.


The Statesmen will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 9, when they travel to take on Brockport in a non-league game at 7 p.m.

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Janet has been covering women's hockey for over 35 years. Along with a 38 year career in Public Relations and over 40 years photographing sports, she found a passion in women's hockey. Her initial story was on the founding of the Niagara University D1 program, she expanded to collegiate and youth and was active in the founding and promoting of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. When Professional Women's Hockey hit the ice she was there, one of the first to release the story in WNY. Along with her husband, Randy, people comment that if there's hockey, the Schultz's are there!