The Hobart College hockey team moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest USCHO.com poll.
The Statesmen are 4-1-1 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play after splitting a pair of New England Hockey Conference contests over the weekend. On Friday, Hobart was edged by No. 1 Norwich 2-1. Junior Lawson MacDougall’s goal at the 18:49 mark of the third period was the first and only goal the Cadets have allowed this season. The next night, the Statesmen survived a slow start to knock of Castleton 8-3. The Spartans scored the first three goals to take a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the game. Hobart stormed back with eight unanswered goals including four in the third period.
The Statesmen will be back in action this weekend with a pair of games against SUNYAC foes. Hobart will host sixth-ranked Oswego on Friday night. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Cooler. The next night, the Statesmen will travel to take on Potsdam at 7 p.m.
Hobart is second in the NEHC and fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 5.17 goals per game. Junior Lawson MacDougall leads the team with nine points on three goals and six assists. First-year Brenden Howell leads has a team-high four goals through five games this season. Sophomore Joe Halstrom has played every minute in goal. He is 4-1-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
Oswego brings a 4-1-0 overall record into Friday’s game. The Lakers are looking to bounce back from a 9-1 loss to No. 2 Geneseo last Saturday. Travis Broughman (3g, 3a), Anthony Passero (1g, 5a) and Joseph Molinaro (1g, 5a) share the team lead with six points each. David Richer has played a majority of the minutes in goal. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.89 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
Potsdam enters the week with a 1-4-1 overall record. The Bears will be at Plattsburgh on Friday night. Robert Clerc leads Potsdam with four goals and six points. Tyler Young is right behind him with five points on two goals and three assists. Michael Paglucca has played a majority of the minutes in goal. He is 0-4-1 with a 4.21 GAA and a .874 save percentage.