The Hobart hockey team scored two goals in the opening 6:50 of the game and went on to blank Manhattanville 4-0 in an ECAC West game played tonight at the Valiants’ Playland Ice Casino. Four different Statesmen scored in the win.
Hobart (1-1, 1-0 ECAC West) earned its first win of the season in its first conference game this year. It was Manhattanville’s season and conference opener.
Junior goalie Nick Broadwater played all 60 minutes and stopped all 30 shots that he faced to secure his first shutout of the year. First-year Terrence O’Neill and senior Greg Ciciola each earned two assists in the victory for the Statesmen.
First-year Peter Ryan started off the scoring just 4:09 into the first period. He notched what proved to be the game-winner off assists from Ciciola and O’Neill. It was Ryan’s first collegiate goal. Just 2:41 later, first-year Bronson Kovacs scored his first goal as a Statesman on a power-play to make it 2-0. O’Neill and first-year Tommaso Traversa set up the play.
After a scoreless second period, Hobart blew open the game with two goals in the third. First-year Ian Coleman recorded his first collegiate goal at 14:32 in the final period to put the Statesmen up 3-0. Junior Cam Miller and junior Bobby Hannah were credited with the assists. Junior Frank Salituro capitalized on a power-play, scoring on an empty net with two minutes left in the game for the final. It was his first goal this season. Ciciola earned the assist.
The Valiants pulled their goalie for the 1:35, but could not get on the scoreboard. Pierre Oliver Lemieux stopped 25 shots in 58:25 in goal for Manhattanville. The Valiants held a slight 30-29 edge in shots. Hobart was 2-for-8 on the power play, while Manhattanville went 0-for-9.
The Statesmen will be back in action tomorrow night, Nov. 5, when they travel to take on Salve Regina in a non-conference game beginning at 7 p.m.