The last game of the semester before the winter break proved to be a penalty filled evening for the Bears this past Sunday. Springfield came in to Dayton arena looking to roll the Bears, but this was not the case during the first. After Springfield jumped out to a quick lead, the Bears responded with two goals, one from dual athlete (boxing and hockey) Liam Otto and renown Ladies Man, Jake Wow-zyniak, who is so talented he caused Springfield to deflect the puck in to their own net. In the closing minutes Springfield capitalized and tied the game. As the game continued, many questionable calls were made by the officiating and resulted in a total of 29 penalties between the two sides. You can’t even begin to comprehend how many penalties were called unless you were there, so don’t even try. Springfield took advantage of the officiating and scored twice in the second to put them ahead. Early in the third, junior “Crazy” Lou DePaolis scored, but this was the smallest the gap would be between the two teams as Springfield answered later in the third and pulled out 7 to 4 victory. Jake Wow-zyniak added the other goal for the bears. Matt Panciocco made 46 saves in the game. John Trautwein fell down and couldn’t get back up after attempting to make a pass. A bit of a bitter close to the fall semester but the Bears look forward to the Spring and overcome the adversity of officiating, because after all they are the future leaders of this great nation. The record stands at 1-4-1 (1-3-1 in the league).
Daniel Webster trekked in to the Bear den this past Saturday with an offensive attitude and scoring 3 goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Daniel Webster was confident that they were going to take this lead in to the second until with just a second left, sophomore Chris Mombello buried one to cut the lead to just two. After a motivating Herb Brooks-like speech from Head Coach Brian Crimmel during the first intermission, the Bears were ready to hunt. Early in the second, senior Mike Rossi put one off the post and in to bring the Bears within one of Daniel Webster. Unfortunately, this would be as close as the Bears would get. The high scoring continued with Daniel Webster netting 6 more goals. Jake Wow-zyniak scored twice, while Scott Wow-zyniak, Liam Otto, and Ryan Guinee, all tallied a goal for the Bears. Neil Clarkin iced the puck twice. The final score was 9 to 7, Matt Panciocco was in net stopping 45 on 54 shots.
Due to scheduling conflicts with Connecticut College, the Bears traveled to Simsbury, CT to face Colby-Sawyer. Facing tired legs and the defeat from the earlier night weighing on their minds, the Bears kept the score even at 0 to 0 after the first period. At the start of the second, Jake Wawrzyniak jumped on breakaway and scoring to put the Bears in front1 to 0, but the goal was waved off due to a questionable penalty call behind the play. Colby-Sawyer capitalized on the ensuing power play giving them a 1 to 0 lead. The Wawrzyniak’s would not let this go on long as they responded with a quick goal and setting the sides even at 1 to 1 going in to the third. Senior Jake Wawrzyniak responded and was redeemed by scoring on a breakaway just 45 seconds in to the third period. Sophomore Chris Mombello and sophomore Ryan Guinee worked their magic together by adding another. Colby-Sawyer responded by adding one of their own. Chris Mombello scored once more and Colby-Sawyer jumped right back. Jake Wawrzyniak netted the final goal of the game after exceptional passing from his brother and the new addition to their line, senior Mike Rossi. Matt Panciocco making his second start of the season again was on top of his game stopping 30 shots.
Not one, but two Wawrzyniaks made their season debuts for the bears on Saturday for the bears. Jake, a senior at the academy, coming back after taking a season off due to injury and Scott, an USAFA exchange, came in full force demonstrating how talented they really are. The first period proved to be very exciting with sophomore Nick Mombello scoring first and firing up the crowd. Lyndon state answered back with two goals and seemed like they were going to take a lead in to the intermission. With only 22 seconds left in the period, senior Alex Mead cleared the zone preventing a scoring opportunity for Lyndon State’s power play. Senior Mike Rossi chased down Lyndon State’s man and the puck behind the net, where he bodied the defender, stole the puck, and scored with just 11 seconds remaining in the period. The Bears took this momentum in to the second, with Jake and Scott nick named “The Wow-zyniaks”, showing off their perfect passing, setting up freshman Doug Brown for his first collegiate goal. Lyndon State added one right before the third, tying the game at three a piece. Lyndon State scored late in the third and made it seemed that all was lost for the Bears, until sophomore Nick Mombello set up Junior Lou DePaolis for a snipe that tied the game at four sending the game in to overtime. In OT, the Bears found themselves down 4 on 3, where Lyndon State capitalized on an unfortunate bounce, winning the game. Matt Panciocco was in net for the Bears and played lights out stopping 49 shots.
A new member of the league, Western Connecticut State came to Dayton Arena determined to beat the Bears. The first period showed to pretty even for both sides, with Western Conn only taking a 2 to 0 lead in to the intermission thanks to goaltender Ben Lesniak playing strong in net. After the intermission, Western Conn jumped out to add to their lead making it 5 to 0. Matt Panciocco, who was not expecting to play until the following weekend as he made the transition from rugby to hockey, replaced Ben Lesniak who made 21 saves on 26 shots. Late in the second, sophomore Nick Mombello tallied one for the Bears after a great breakout pass from senior Alex Mead while the Bears were down a man. The third period showed to be a shooting gallery for Western Conn as they put up 23 shots in the third, but only scoring three due to the great positional play of the Bears and Panciocco’s outstanding play between he pipes, saving 31 out of the 34 shots he faced. Senior Mike Rossi added one goal for the bears during the third. Junior defenseman Lou DePaolis made his season debut and stood strong on the blue line.
The Bears opened the 2014-15 against divisional opponent Springfield College on Saturday. On the road, traveling light with only eight skaters, the Bears had quite the challenge ahead of them. Against all odds, the Bears were able to hold Springfield to a 2-0 after the first. Unfortunately in the second, the tired legs became apparent as Springfield netted 6 goals that period. Coast Guard’s own Mike Rossi and Luke Trautwein both netted one a piece in the second, making the score 8-2. As the third period started, Springfield jumped out early to score three quick goals, taking advantage of the Bears short bench. Springfield did not let up and the game started to become chippy, however the Bears kept their composure and only took one penalty in the third, and just three in the entire game. When it seemed as though the Bears had nothing left in the tank late in the third, senior Alex Mead took the puck from end to end, which set up another Mike Rossi goal, which was his 79th career point. Other notable performances were sophomore Chris Mombello who had three assists in the game and goalie Ben Lesniak who faced 60 shots. The final score was 14-3. Our next game is home against Western Connecticut State on 16 November 2014, at 8:45 pm (2045). The Lyndon State Game has been rescheduled for 22 November 2014, at 7:30 pm (1930). Thank you all for the support and Go Bears!