The University of Delaware D1 Men’s team travelled to West Chester, PA on Saturday to play the West Chester University Rams. The game, which was originally set for 7:30pm but was delayed until after 9pm, ended in a shootout, producing a tight win for Delaware.
The starting line for the WCU game included forwards #32 Ethan Docking, #8 Cam Piorkowski, #10 Ryan Burns, defensemen #24 Mike Zidansek, #6 Harrison Chuma and #30 Stephen Odgers in goal. Due to injuries to all three D1 goalies, Delaware’s D2 goalie Stephen Odgers was brought up for Saturday’s starting lineup.
The game proved to be challenging for both teams, as both teams fought to generate goals during switch-off power plays leaving the game scoreless until the second period. In the second period, a powerplay goal from #12 Colin Emerich, assisted by #22 Mike Nisky and #37 Gavin Hulser, gave the Blue Hens a 1-0 lead heading into the third period. Then, in the third period, WCU was able to put one in the net, tying the game at 1-1. Regulation time ended, bringing the game into a 5-minute overtime. The five minutes were up, still with no goals, leading to a shootout. A successful goal by #26 Brian Ostrander produced a 2-1 win for Delaware. Ostrander shared his thoughts on the Blue Hen win stating, “Going into Saturday we knew we needed a big bounce back win coming off a loss vs. Navy. We also owed them [WCU] one after losing to them the first game of the season. Because of the delay, our pregame routine was thrown off tremendously. Going into the game we knew we were going to need a gutsy effort from top to bottom of the lineup to come out with a win. The game ended up going to a shootout, but we found a way to win a big game on the road. Although it wasn’t a league game, it was very important to get back in the win column and build some momentum for two league games next weekend.”
Next weekend, the team will play a series against No. 20 Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. We asked captain #24 Mike Zidansek how the team will work this week to prepare for the weekend: “For Syracuse, we definitely need to generate more chances at even strength. We need to help our goalies out more by getting some secondary scoring, especially against a ranked opponent next weekend.” Ostrander added, “We intend on a strong week of practice and we need to get everyone healthy to prepare for the huge league points on the road that we want to acquire.”
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Written by: Daniella Fioretti