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Club hockey starts spring with loss

George Jones

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Sports
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The Case club hockey team started its spring schedule with five new players and a positive attitude after a rough fall schedule in which the team went 1-8, but lost on Saturday against the Community College of Allegheny Country (CACC) by a score of 3-6.

The team's 1-8 start was due mainly to a shortage of players. The team had several seniors graduate from last year's 9-8 playoff team, and played most games last semester with only seven or eight available skaters. The team got five new players, four freshmen and a senior, on the roster for the spring. Although they can now have a full bench, they are always looking for more players.

The game was even closer than the final score indicated. "We were up 1-0, and we were only down 4-3 through most of the third period. They put in a couple goals at the end…the bottom line is we had a couple breakdowns more [on defense] than they did," noted defenseman and club president Vince Leone. "We took a lot of encouragement from this game because they are the best team in the league [CCAC's record is 9-1], and we hung in there really well."

Mark Wrobleski had the most points, with one goal and one assist. "He is our most aggressive, puck-hungry forward. He wants to score and be involved in the play," said the team's coach, Mike Fetsko. One of the new players, freshman Eric Garrity, scored the first goal of his career. "His goal was a result of great hustle and being in the right place when a rebound came out. He had the opportunity and he buried it," said Fetsko.

The goalie, Joe Timpona, had a great game. He stopped approximately 90% of opposing shots, as CCAC had around 60 shots on goal to Case's 20. "Overall, I thought everyone played hard, and we were in the game the whole time until they started getting lucky bounces," said Timpona. "The fifth goal hit off one of our players and landed right on one of CCAC's players' stick which he shot in."

The club is looking forward to the last three games of the season, all home games to be played at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center. "I'm really excited to see how the new players do," said Leone.
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