The Hobart College ice hockey team downed Neumann 5-0 to win their second ECAC West conference championship in program history. Junior goalie Nick Broadwater stopped all 26 shots that he faced to earn his third shutout this season and garner ECAC West Most Outstanding Player honors.
The Statesmen scored three goals in the second period and added two more in the third for the final. Senior Greg Ciciola and first-year Peter Quigley each notched two goals in the victory. Junior Brad Richard tallied two assists.
With his third clean sheet this season, Broadwater tied the Hobart record for most shutouts in a season. Broadwater also tallied three shutouts last season. Keith Longo ’09 also posted three shutouts in the 2005-06 and 2008-09 seasons. Hobart won its first ECAC West championship in the 2003-04 season.
The Statesmen are now 16-10-1 overall. They will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection committee will release the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket tomorrow on NCAA.com at 9:30 p.m. The Knights finished their season with a 15-8-3 overall record.
After a scoreless first period, one of Neumann’s best scoring chances came when the Knights were awarded a penalty shot at 7:44 in the second. Mike Rey took the shot for Neumann, but was rejected by Broadwater.
Junior Bobby Hannah broke through for Hobart at 12:53 in the second period. While the Knights were on a power-play, Hannah got away with the puck and skated by a Neumann defender before slipping in a shorthanded goal. It was his seventh goal this season.
Just 2:55 later, Ciciola capitalized on a Hobart power-play to make it 2-0. There was a flurry of action in front of the net, and Ciciola came in from behind to stuff the puck into the goal. Richard and junior Ryan Corcoran were credited with assists. With 2:53 remaining in the middle period, Quigley scored his first goal of the night to stretch the Statesmen lead to 3-0. He fired into the net from the left slot after a pass from classmate Ian Coleman.
The Hobart offense continued to pour it on in the third. At 9:59, Ciciola found the back of the net for the second time in the game and for the 14th time this season. He carried the puck into the zone and beat a Knight defender before finding the back of the net. First-year Ryan Michel and Richard were credited with the assists. With 3:46 left in regulation, Quigley notched his second goal of the night on a backhand shot in front of the net. It was third goal this season. First-year Brendan Fitzgerald set up the play.
The Statesmen outshot Neumann 32-26. Hobart went 1-for-5 on the power-play, and killed all seven of the Knights power-play attempts.
Hannah, Ciciola and Richard joined Broadwater on the all-tournament team. Marlon Gardner and Matt Mazzarolo represented Neumann on the all-tournament team.