Millersville opens semester with southeast derby

by Kaylee Herndon (Jan. 16, 2020)

Millersville University Ice Hockey (7-13-1-1, 15pts., 6th CSCHC) is opening the spring semester with an approx. 565 mile road trip to Kentucky for three non-conference games in three days. The five-day journey to the southeast is the longest road trip of the regular season. 

This is the team’s first matchup against both University of Louisville (7-15-2-1, 6pts., 7th TSCHL) and University of Kentucky (8-8-1-0, 5th SE Independents). All three teams are members of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

Weekend Schedule
Jan. 16 at Louisville, 9:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 at Kentucky, 11:55 p.m.
Jan. 18 at Kentucky, 11:55 p.m.

Team Record
7-13-1-1, 15pts.,  6th CSCHC

Fall Semester Summary
Millersville ended the semester with an overall record of 7-13-1-1 with all seven wins coming within the last ten games of the semester (7-3-0-0). The team enters the road trip with a 3-8-0-0 away record and are looking to break a two-game losing streak.

Pat McAteer and David Andrews are tied for the Millersville lead in goals (8). McAteer also leads the team in points and tallied Millersville’s sole short-handed goal of the season (13). Tyler Browne leads the team in assists (8). 

In the final win of the fall semester Christopher King scored the game-winning shootout goal to edge out The College of New Jersey, 4-3 on Greek Night (Sat. Nov. 23). McAteer tallied two goals on the night and Tyler Poulin notched his first goal of the season. Garret Baldacci made 43 saves in regulation and 47 overall (3GA). 

Baldacci rounded out the fall semester with a 4-6-1-1 record with a 4.32 goals against average and a .888 save percentage. He ranks eighth in the CSCHC for goals against average. Baldacci is credited with two assists this season. 

Mathieu Schroeder holds a 1-3-0-0 record with a 5.21 goals against average and a .849 save percentage. Team President Hayden Folfas finished the fall semester with a 1-4-0-0 record, He holds a 6.54 goals against average and a .845 save percentage. 

New Face in the Crowd
Forward Griffin Helm is expected to skate for Millersville this weekend, having joined the team at the beginning of the spring semester. Helm previously played for Hempfield High (USHS-PA) in 2014-15 and tallied four points in 16 games played (1g, 3a).

Millersville leaders
Goals: McAteer/Andrews (8)
Assists: Browne (8)
Points: McAteer (13)
PIM: Vacarelo (56)

Louisville leaders
Goals: Soukas (18)
Assists: Ryan (19)
Points: Soukas (31)
PIM: Guidry (60)

Kentucky leaders
Goals: Eastlack (12)
Assists: Kasch (9)
Points: Eastlack (20)
PIM: Bartuce (61)

Scouting Louisville
The University of Louisville Cardinals are ranked seventh in the Tri-State Collegiate Hockey League (TSCHL) with a 2-8-0-0 league record and a 7-15-2-1 overall record. The team opened the spring semester with back-to-back home losses to Texas A&M University. Louisville holds a 3-6-2-1 record at home this season.  

Captain Yannis Soukas leads the Cardinals in goals and points (18g, 31pts). Soukas tallied three goals in the back-to-back losses on Jan. 10-11 (5pts). Colton Ryan leads the team in assists (19a). Bailey Emery is second on the team in assists and points (17a, 24pts). 

Louisville has four rostered goalies entering the spring semester. Quinn Fessler played his first game for the Cardinals on Jan. 11. He made 35 saves in the 6-3 loss. Fessler holds a 3.60 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. 

Both Cam Walsh and Spencer Reu saw time in the 8-4 loss on Jan. 10 to Texas A&M. Walsh has a record of 4-6-2-1 with a 4.11 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. Reu holds a 3.76 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with a 1-4-0-0 record. 

Ryan Cote holds a 2-5-0-0 record for the Cardinals with a 3.67 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Cote was last in net on Dec. 7 and made 25 saves in a 4-2 loss to the University of Illinois (3GA). 

Louisville has a 15.3% success rate on the man up and are 87.6% successful on the penalty kill. The Cardinals have scored four short-handed goals this season. 

Scouting Kentucky 
The University of Kentucky is ranked 5th in the ACHA’s Southeast Independents division with an overall record of 8-8-1-0.The team enters the weekend on a two-game losing streak after dropping back-to-back games against Ohio University on Jan. 10-11. Kentucky holds a 6-3-1-0 home record this season.

Gary Eastlack leads the team on goals and points (12g, 20pts). Eastlack notched an unassisted goal in Kentucky’s first game of the spring semester, where they fell to Ohio 4-2. Jimmy Kasch leads the team in assists and trails Eastlack in points (9a, 14pts). 

 Sam Tucker holds a 3-1-0 record for Kentucky with a 2.78 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. In the 4-2 loss against Ohio on Jan. 10 Tucker made 34 saves (2GA). 

Jeff Ison made 38 saves in the Jan. 11 6-4 loss to Ohio (4 GA). Ison has a 2-2-0 record for Kentucky with a 3.38 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. 
Eric Williams holds a 3-5-1 record with a 3.21 goals against average and an .876 save percentage. Ian Moran has not seen time for Kentucky this season. 

Kentucky is 7.6% successful on the power play and kills 81.8% of their penalties. The team has also notched four short-handed goals this season, two from the team’s leading goal-scorer Eastlack. 

Upcoming Games
Jan. 24 vs. Rider University, 9:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 at Seton Hall, 9:45 p.m.