The Cortland Men’s Ice Hockey team faced off against King’s College in their last scrimmage of the year. The Red Dragons lost a close battle in overtime by a score of 3-2 in a hard fought and chippy game.
King’s College opened the scoring in the first period, but Cortland responded early in the second period with a goal from Douglas Elgstam. King’s college struck late in the second period to regain the lead against the Red Dragons. Cortland forward Shane Beaulieu tied the game in the third, and the Dragons forced overtime. Early in overtime Cortland lost on a breakaway goal from King’s college. This was King’s College’s hockey program’s first ever win in its two years of existence.
Cortland played most of their players throughout the game, with starting goalie Nick Modica playing the first two periods of the game, and Sal Lauretta playing the third.
2018-2019 Team Preview
Several changes have occured with the Red Dragons’ roster. Former Captain, Dan Broderick, and former star goalie, Drew Weigman, both graduated.
Forward, Stefano Alonzi has been named captain for the 2018-2019 season. Alternate captains for this season are forward, Mike Crowley, and defenseman, Martin Lavallee.
Alonzi is going into his third season with the Red Dragons. This is going to be his first season as the caption but he was an alternate captain last season. Over the course of two seasons, Alonzi has played in 48 games, scoring eight goals and 12 assists, for a total of 20 points.
Crowley is going into his fourth and final season with the Red Dragons. He has been an alternate captain the past two seasons. Crowley has played in 68 games over the past three seasons, scoring 10 goals and 32 assists, for a total of 42 points.
Lavallee is going into his third season with the Red Dragons. This will be his first season as a captain. Over the past two seasons, he has played in 42 games, scoring one goal and 11 assists, for a total of 12 points.
With four year starting goalie Drew Weigman graduated, Nick Modica and Sal Lauretta will have to step up this season.
Modica is going into his third season with the Red Dragons. However, he has only played in 3 games over the previous two seasons. In his first season, Modica only played in one game and posted a 10.41 goals against average (GAA) and .625 save percentage (SV%).
Last season, Modica’s stats were much better. Although it’s a small sample size of two games, his GAA improved to a 1.45 and his SV% jumped up to .944. Modica was solid in the scrimmage against King’s College. Modica is receiving the duties of the starting goalie for the Red Dragons this season, hopefully he can continue his solid play when the games matter.
Lauretta is going into his second season with the Red Dragons. Sal has never played in a game for the Red Dragons. Because of this, we don’t know what to expect from him at the college level. However, Sal had very good stats in the NA3HL with the Binghamton Jr. Senators. In 26 regular season games, Sal had an impressive GAA of 1.72 and a SV% of .941. Sal led his team to the playoffs where he would play in seven games. In those seven games, he had a very nice 1.96 GAA and .935 SV%. Furthermore, Sal looked solid in the scrimmage against King’s College. Sal will be the backup to Modica this year, however, if he’s called to action, hopefully he plays as well as he did for the Jr. Senators.
Newcomers to the team are forwards Shane Beaulieu, Hayden Hart, Ian Keller, Dorian Overland, and Mike Sciore. New defensemen to the Red Dragons are Jacob Gaydos, Oliver Lester, and Cole Skelly.
Coaching Staff Changes
The Red Dragons have also made some changes to the coaching staff in the offseason. Coach Joe Cardarelli will enter his fifth season as the Red Dragons’ Head Coach and his sixth season with the team. The newest member of the coaching staff is Assistant Coach Stephen Castriota, who was a former player for SUNY Fredonia. He is an experienced coach and player that brings a lot to the team.
The Red Dragons start their season with back-to-back home games. The first being this Friday, October 26th, against Skidmore College and this Saturday, October 27th, against Lebanon Valley. Both games will be played in Alumni Arena and start at 7 P.M.
By Nolan Vest and Matt Hawkins