Hockey – Eagles Soar, Knights Fall

Kenneth P. Byrnes, Ph.D./ERAU Hockey Coach

The Embry-Riddle Eagles Hockey Team faced off against the Lynn University Fighting Knights on Friday, October 6.

The puck dropped and the Eagles came into this game prepared. They out-shot the Knights 18 shots to two shots, and four of those 18 shots went in the net.

Halfway through the first period, Sterling Brandt put the first goal home for the Eagles. Two minutes later, the Eagles stuck again. Kerson picked up a well deserved assist, as he won the face-off to keep the puck in the offensive zone and start the play.

The next goal was scored by Ryan Marks. He took the puck at center ice and put on a clinic weaving around Lynn players, like they were cones on the ice, and picked his corner to put the Eagles up 3-0. With two minutes left in the period, Alex Hess made a great pass to Matthew Sillcocks to make it 4-0.

In the second period,  the Eagles out-shot Lynn 17 shots to three, and 11 of those were in grade A scoring areas. Sterling Brandt started the second period with his second of the night.

Less than a minute later, Spencer Kuhlman walked the puck along the point and shot a beautiful wrist shot to make it 6-0.

Lynn’s goaltender sustained an injury to his groin, forcing Lynn to take a timeout. With 15 minutes left on the clock, and a whole third period yet to play, Lynn University forfeited.

They did this as their goalie could not go on, and they did not have a backup. The game would go in the books as a 6-0 win for the Eagles.

Note to the reader: the two teams played after the official forfeit, since Lynn traveled 3.5 hours to play the Eagles, and the coaches and referees agreed that would be fine.  The game after the forfeit did not count on the official score-sheet.

An odd game, as it really was only one period and five minutes of true on the books game play, but the Eagles were impressive in those 25 minutes. They put up 6 goals, and Minervini stopped every shot thrown his way. In 25 minutes, the Eagles put up 21 shots, which means the Eagles were putting a shot on goal approximately every minute, and scoring a goal approximately every 4 minutes.

If the Eagles can keep up that kind of production, they will be dangerous going forward.