By Brittany Burke
In a league upset against the Marist Red Foxes, Saturday Nov. 14, the CCSU Blue Devils dominated the majority of the game outscoring Marist 12-4.
“It’s a league game and this team was ranked fourth in the North East coming in, and we were ninth, so call it an upset if you will, but it was a good game,” said Head Coach Ben Adams.
The Blue Devils took the ice and scored less than two minutes into the first period, immediately setting the bar high, stating that they were there to win after coming off a loss at UMass on Friday Nov. 13. The first goal came from senior captain, Mike DiClemente with assistance from fellow senior captain, Joe Dabkowski and junior Ryan Beaulieu.
DiClemente’s first goal was just the beginning to his powerful night out on the ice. By the time the horn signaled the end of the third Mike DiClemente had racked up two goals and seven assists, having a hand in nine out of the twelve CCSU goals for the night.
Power was coming from every player the Blue Devils had out on the ice. Captain Joe Dabkowski had a pair of goals and a pair of assists to aid the win, same with Senior, Rob DiClemente. The combination of Dabkowski and the two DiClemente brothers proved to be lethal up against the Marist defense, having a hand in three of CCSU’s total points.
Overall, e11 different Blue Devil players had a hand in scoring goals on Marist goalie, Justin Frei’s net including, Captain Thomas Carroll, who made an impressive goal from Marist’s blue line in the first. Along with Ryan Paglinco, whose second period goal came unassisted, Eric Blewett, with a pair of goals and assists, Brett Holmes and Billy Edwards. Erich Stoneman also had a notable assist in the third with 2:07 left in the game.
“It was a great team win. Definitely our blue line stepped up and got us some goals, but everybody from the net out played a great game,” stressed Coach Adams.
Blue Devil goalie, Ross Mocko made some impressive saves against Marist, holding them to four goals, and completely shutting them out in the third. He was given a lot of help by his defense that was making dives and saves in front of his net to keep the puck from getting through the pipes.
The command shown by the Blue Devils, especially in the second was a tenfold improvement from their win last Sunday Nov. 8 against New York University. Where they lost focus and control in the second last week, this week they turned around and capitalized on every opportunity, scoring five in the second alone.
“There was not a minus in the room, which is good. We capitalized on the power play, four of those goals in the second were on the power play, so we definitely took advantage of the situations they gave us, and the mistakes that they made,” said Coach Adams.
The Blue Devils had six power play goals for the night, after Marist repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with penalties. The Red Foxes recorded 30 minutes in game misconducts alone, giving the Blue Devils the advantage for most of the night.
“We knew this team (CCSU) could play like this, we just hadn’t seen it yet,” said Coach Adams. “So we need to carry this over into other games we play in the future.”
The Blue Devils are back at home next Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday Nov. 21 for the CT Governor’s Cup mini tournament.
CCSU is up against University of Connecticut on Friday night at 9:10 p.m. in their first game of the tournament and will then play the winner of the Western Connecticut/Southern Connecticut game the following night at either 8 or 9:05 p.m.