UD MIH Sweeps Four Game Weekend
The University of Delaware overcame a tough schedule and continued to roll this weekend as they picked up 4 wins in 4 days. The Hens took two a piece from Stony Brook and Robert Morris and took a strangle hold on the ESCHL league standings. The Hens entered the weekend ranked #2 in the nation and knew that 4 wins in 4 days could possibly vault them to the school’s first ever #1 ranking in the next ranking period.
The first pair of games against the Stony Brook Sea Wolves were played on the smaller Gold Arena at UD. Friday’s game was very physical in the early stages, as both teams traded good scoring chances. The game remained tight until the third period, when Delaware exploded for three quick goals and held on to win 5-2. Saturday, the game started out just like Friday, it was physical and highly competitive. The Sea Wolves, however could not keep up with the Hens’ firepower, as Delaware took control of the game in the 2nd period and rolled to a 7-3 victory. With Delaware having the game in hand, Saturday’s contest got a little feisty late in the third, as both teams traded several pleasantries after whistles.
The Hens were very opportunistic in the two games against Stony Brook, as they capitalized on most of their good chances, while Delaware goalie SJ Broadt was able to turn away most of Stony Brook’s chances, “We knew Stony Brook would give us a tough test, especially after they beat Liberty last weekend, but I think we responded well. We need to keep improving in some areas, but we have the ability to be pretty good when we are clicking on all cylinders,” Broadt said following Saturday’s contest.
After two tough games on Friday and Saturday, the Hens work was not done, as the Robert Morris Colonials came to town on Sunday and Monday. While Robert Morris has struggled in the win column for much of the year, Delaware knew they had to bring a good effort as the Colonials took the Hens to overtime earlier in the year.
Early on Sunday, Delaware jumped on the Colonials, scoring 9 goals in less than the game’s first 30 minutes. The Hens looked to take their foot off of the gas a bit the rest of the way as they crusied to a 10-3 victory. Midseason transfer, Marcello Deangelis scored his first career goal in his first career game as a Blue Hen. Monday’s game was much like the previous day, as Delaware’s offense overwhelmed Robert Morris as they cruised to a 10-5 victory.
With the 4 wins, the Hens have improved to an impressive 23-1-1 record on the season. Over the weekend the team outscored their opponents by a score of 32-13. While nearly everyone chipped in with some offense this weekend, some of the notables included Ryan McDonald (10 points), Mark Zezut (10 points), Paul Tropsa (4 goals), and Ryan Sterrett (4 goals).
The Hens get back to work this weekend with a pair of games against ESCHL foe Rhode Island at the Brad Boss Ice Arena in Rhode Island.