The Hobart hockey team scored three goals in the third period to secure a 4-2 win over Buffalo State in a non-conference game played tonight at The Cooler. Senior Greg Ciciola and junior Frank Salituro each tallied two goals in the victory.
Junior David Stevens logged two assists. Junior goalie Marty Ausserhofer improved to 8-3-0 in goal for Hobart this season. He finished with 20 saves in 59:52 seconds in net. The Statesmen improved to 9-7-0 this year.
Trevor McKinney recorded a goal and an assist for the Bengals. The Statesmen avenged a 3-1 loss to Buffalo State back on Dec. 7, in Buffalo, N.Y. In that game the Bengals scored three third period goals to win the game. With tonight’s loss, Buffalo State fell to 8-7-2 overall.
After a scoreless first period, the Bengals struck first 11:27 into the second period. Nick Melligan logged his fourth goal this year off an assist from McKinney.
Late in the second period, Buffalo State was called for two penalties nine seconds apart giving Hobart a 5-on-3 advantage. After a flurry of Statesmen chances that were turned aside by Bengals’ goalie Kevin Carr including three hard shots by junior Brad Richard, Salituro was able to find the back of the net. Stevens passed the puck through traffic to Salituro creating a 2-on-1 opportunity for Hobart. Salituro beat Carr low glove side for his sixth goal this year to tie the game at one.
Hobart took control in the third period. Just 26 seconds in, Ciciola notched his seventh goal of the season off passes from Stevens and junior Ryan Corcoran to give the Statesmen a 2-1 lead. Just 1:28 later, Salituro notched his second goal of the night on a shot from right in front of the goal. Junior Harry Radovich and sophomore Tom Rush set up the play.
The Bengals did not go away quietly. Trevor McKinney took advantage of a power-play and scored his team-leading 13th goal this winter after a pass from James Durham to cut the Buffalo State deficit to one at 3-2. It was as close as the Bengals would get.
Buffalo State pulled Carr for the extra skater, but could not capitalize. Instead on a Begnals power-play, Ciciola fired from long range into an empty net for the final. He now leads Hobart with eight goals this season.
The Statesmen enjoyed a 37-22 advantage in shots and went 1-for-6 on the power play. Buffalo State finished 1-for-5. Carr stopped 33 shots in 59:13 in goal for the Bengals.
The Statesmen will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 21 when they will host Potsdam at 7 p.m. for Alumni Weekend.