The men’s hockey team came into Saturday morning’s game with a record of 1-3; SUNY Broome came with a record of 3-3 and looked to be the favorite of the two. Despite their underdog status, the Vikings came out hot, dominating possession in the first five minutes of the game.
The defense continued to stand strong as Broome picked up the pace. An incredible triple save by freshman goalie Nate Muller near the end of the first period kept the score at 0-0 to end the period. With already double the shots on goal, Hudson Valley started the second period looking strong and hungry for a goal.
Three minutes into the second period, Freshman defensemen Hunter Craig found success on a rebound and scored the Viking’s first goal of the game. Hudson Valley followed that with another score by forward Chris Breault, assisted by Freshman foward Nate Ryan. Still finding trouble getting shots on goal, Broome ended the period down by two.
Broome returned to the third period fired up and looked to close the gap. Despite a power play to begin the third period, they continue trail behind. With thirteen minutes to go, Broome scored their first point of the game, bringing the score to 2-1. Both teams experienced a string of penalties in the final minutes of the game. Breault scored again for Hudson Valley near the end of the game.
The game finished with a Vikings victory of 3-1 over SUNY Broome and the Vikings improved their record to 2-3. With only two season left in the program’s existence this win can give the team momentum to salvage the season.
They host Erie in back to back games on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Robert M. Conway arena. Erie is 5-2 and will be a tough test for a Viking team that is going through growing pains.