WORCESTER – Making his first start of the season, Colonels sophomore goalie Vladimir Cibulka (Bratislava, Slovakia) stood tall in the third period making 11 saves in the final 20 minutes, helping to hold off the Becker Hawks in a Curry 3-1 win on Saturday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.
November 16, 2019
Worcester Ice Center
Score: Curry 3 – Becker 1
Records: The Becker College Hawks 1-5-0 (0-4-0 CCC) | The Colby-Sawyer College Chargers 5-1-0 (3-1-0 CCC)
The Colonels opened the scoring in the first period on a power-play goal by senior Billy Vizzo (Shelton, Conn.) at 12:47.
Curry sophomore Mic Curran (Arlington, Mass.) carried into the offensive zone and shot a wrister from the top of the slot that broke through the pads of the Hawks senior goalie Grant Martens (Bloomington, Minn.). Vizzo was behind Martens to tap in the easy goal for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Colonels doubled the lead in the second period with the first goal of the year for senior Anthony Trujillo (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
After the Hawks failed to clear defensively, freshman Mark Zhukov (St. Petersburg, Russia) forced a turnover and feathered a pass across the crease where Trujillo was waiting, slamming home the pass to give Curry a 2-0 lead.
Just after that goal, the Hawks would spend nearly seven minutes shorthanded to end the period, including two minutes of 5-on-3, but did not allow a goal, swinging the momentum their way heading for the third.
That momentum would finally result in a goal for Becker, cutting the deficit to 2-1 early in the third period on a goal by sophomore Jason Diamond (Lakeville, Conn.)
Aggressive forechecking by the Hawks forced a turnover in the Curry defensive zone with the puck eventually finding freshman Mikey Wilson (Alexandria, Va.) on a quickly developing 2-on-1.
Wilson saucered a pass over a diving Colonels stick, across the crease to Diamond, who fired a one-timer from in close, past Cibulka, to get the Hawks within one goal.
Becker continued to apply the pressure throughout the third period but was turned away over the final 16:48 by Cibulka.
The Colonels netminder would cap off his night being credited with an assist on an empty net goal scored by sophomore Alex Ochterbeck (Dallas, Texas).
Cibulka made a left pad save on a shot by Diamond, that rebounded into the slot before being chipped out of danger by Curry junior Viktor Jansson (Stockholm, Sweden).
Ochterbeck skated on to the chipped Jansson pass and held off a pair of Hawks defenders as he sealed the game with the empty netter.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Diamond is up to a team-high three goals and tied for the most points on the team with six.
- Junior Zach Skop (Pittstown, N.J.) came in for 24 minutes of relief for Becker and made 23 saves, allowing no goals.
FOR THE COLONELS
- Ochterbeck's tally gives him a team-high four goals this season. He leads the team with seven points through six games.
- Jansson had a pair of assists on the night and has six points in six games with two goals and four assists.
- Sophomore Eetu Selanne (Coto de Caza, Calif.) added an assist on Trujillo's goal, giving him four assists this season.
The Hawks play a home-and-home series next Friday and Saturday against Western New England University. Becker hosts the Friday match before travelling to WNE on Saturday for the end of the home-and-home. Both games are set for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop. The Colonels head for a home-and-home with Nichols, starting by hosting the Bison on Friday at 6:50 p.m. followed by a Saturday road game at Nichols at 7:40 p.m.