JCU hockey splits weekend road trip, beats Pitt 3-1

November 17th, 2011

In a weekend where the John Carroll University club ice hockey team spent far more hours on the road than they did on the ice, the Blue Streaks came away with an equal split of one win and one loss this past weekend.

The Blue Streaks began the weekend by traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 11 to face off against the divisional opponent University of Pittsburgh. Needing a win to further pad their first place lead over the Panthers in the division, the Blue Streaks came up big with an impressive 3-1 victory over the host Pitt Panthers.

Taking advantage of the power play at hand, senior Geoff Abrahams netted the first goal of the game for the Blue Streaks in the second period of action with the assists coming from both freshman Parker Phillips and junior Jesse Dietrick.

Less than 90 seconds later, senior Danny Geiger scored on the power play as well to increase JCU’s lead to 2-0 in the game. Sophomore Danny Potter and junior Sean Lattal assisted Geiger on the goal.

In the third period, Geiger recorded his second goal of the game with the assist again coming from Lattal. From there, the Blue Streaks held on to the lead as they defeated Pitt 3-1 on the night.

“The win against Pitt was significant for the team. We were able to beat a team expected to contend for the league title on their ice,” said coach Wilk. “[The win] shows our progress from last year and throughout this season. It also showed us what we’re capable of when we stay focused and disciplined for 60 minutes.”

Unfortunately, the Blue Streaks couldn’t complete the clean sweep of victories on the weekend when they faced the divisional opponent West Virginia Mountaineers. Having traveled to Morgantown, W.Va. to square off against the host Mountaineers. JCU struggled from start to finish in the contest, falling to WVU by a decisive score of 4-0.

“We didn’t bring enough energy to the WVU game. They’re a tough team who skates hard,” said coach Wilk. “We caught them on their third game in three days and should have had an advantage. Our power play has been key over the past three games and we got shut out against WVU.”

With the 1-1 split this past weekend, the Blue Streaks now have an overall record of 8-6 on the season. The team will look to improve upon that current mark this coming weekend as they will travel to Canton, N.Y. From there, the Blue Streaks will take battle against the host State University of New York Kangaroos on both Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 in the fourth annual Terry Martin Classic.