BY JUSTUS STURTEVANT, STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna ice hockey team enjoyed a strong showing in Saturday’s home opener, earning a 9-5 victory over Long Island University-C.W. Post.
The Crusaders balanced attack struck for three goals in each period. In the first period, it was senior Joshua Harrison, senior Jakub Husek and junior Steven Cole finding the back of the net as Susquehanna jumped out to a 3-1 lead after a period.
The second period saw another goal by Cole, as well as one apiece by junior Michael Suttora and senior Lukas Bilek. The Crusaders surrendered two goals in the second, entering the third period with a lead of 6-3. Another productive offensive period put the game away for Susquehanna, as they once again struck for three goals.
Cole secured a hat trick with just eight minutes left in the game, after goals by junior Nickolas Kifolo and Suttora sealed the victory for the Crusaders. Freshman Sean Treppedi saved 28 of 33 shots, earning the victory in net.
Susquehanna 1, Kutztown 4
After surrendering three goals in the first period, the Crusaders hung tough for the next two periods, losing 4-1 to Kutztown. The lone Susquehanna goal came in the second period off of Bilek’s stick. Freshman goalkeeper Ethan Kupp saved 53 out of 57 shots in the loss.
Despite the results, senior Cameron Dougherty was pleased with his team.
Dougherty said of Saturday’s result: “The game was a great confidence booster for the team. We showed discipline against an obviously frustrated C.W. Post, who arrived with a very limited number of players. Despite the fact that it was non-league, it helped to get us into the win column and to get our offense going with nine goals from six different players.”
Even the loss had Dougherty excited for what is to come.
“Despite the loss, it was a great improvement for our team and a good sign of things to come,” he said.
The team will be back in action today when they travel to the University of Pennsylvania at 7:15 p.m..