Last weekend theÂ D3 HensÂ participated in theÂ Aston Ice Works Pre-Season Showcase inÂ Aston, PA.
TheÂ HensÂ kicked off the Showcase with a game againstÂ Fordham University. The game was hard fought, and after three periods the score was finished at 6-1.Â Nathan KanterÂ scored the first goal of the game for theÂ Blue Hens 3:50 into the second with assists coming fromÂ Matt Bishop. The Rams evened the game up at 12:31 in the second period and the game remained tied until Kenneth Elliott put one in with 2 minutesâ€™ left in the second. After the third began, Freshman Nicholas Scafidi put away his first goal of his Blue Hens career to start the goal parade for the Hens.Â Forrest HinesÂ played very well in net, and had a .938 save percentage on the night.
TheÂ Blue HensÂ second game of the showcase was against a much improved Bucknell University team. Sadly, this game was pretty boring to watch but in the end Bucknell put one top shelf late in the third to take the game.
The third game matched the Blue Hens against their DVCHC rival, The University of Maryland. TheÂ HensÂ got on the board first with a goal fromÂ Marty Coverdale. The team kept the offense rolling but came up empty handed from multiple scoring opportunities. TheÂ HensÂ held the lead late into the second, but surrendered a two goals to the Terps off of defensive breakdowns. The tie was finally broke early in the third when a fluttering puck took an indirect bounce past the Maryland goalie.Â Forrest Hineâ€™sÂ goaltending cemented theÂ Blue HensÂ to a 3-2 win.
The final game of the showcase for theÂ Blue HensÂ was a showdown against another DVCHC opponentÂ Alvernia. As the first period started, it took no time for the scoring to begin. TheÂ Hens broke the ice with a goal a little under two minutes in from Dylan Garrett. It took the Hens another period to find the back of the net.Â Jonathan Madia ripped a missile past the Alvernia goalie. A couple minutes later theÂ Crusaders managed to cut the lead in half. The HensÂ rolled in the third with goals from Steve Cacchioli and Kenneth Elliot, who slid in an empty net goal.
TheÂ Blue HensÂ ended theÂ Pre-SeasonÂ ShowcaseÂ with a great record of 3-1, and it was a big step forward for the team. Great goaltending, team defense, and the hard work the boys have been putting in is starting to pay off.