It didn’t take long for the Post men’s hockey team to get in the win column, notching their first victory in the program’s inaugural game last weekend.
The Eagles, who formed quickly after announcing the hockey program in April, erased a third period deficit and scored the game winner in overtime to triumph over the previously unbeaten Eastern Connecticut State Warriors at the Bolton Ice Palace on Saturday.
“Without the support of the University, none of this would be possible,” said head coach Pete Whitney. “As for the win, of course it’s always exciting to get that first win. It was incredibly special and humbling at the same time.”
Freshman defenseman Peter Petrino got things started in the first period, with the game’s opening goal, and the program’s historic first point, assisted by Trevor Buchas and Owen Kane.
“The coaching staff stressed how important it would be to get the first win in program history,” said Petrino. “It was really something special to be a part of; it’s something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. I’m really excited to see what the rest of our season holds, and I’m really proud to be an Eagle.”
Sophomore forward Dave Canfarotta netted the Eagles second goal late in the third, and sophomore center Christopher Harris tallied the game winner in overtime.
“It was extremely special to get our first win in our first game, I don’t think you could have drawn up a better ending to the first game in program history,” said Canfarotta. “It’s a statement to our coaching staff’s ability to prepare us in a short period of time, as well as all of the guys. Everyone really bought into what the coaches were saying.”
The Eagles were backstopped by freshman goalie Cameron Barbieri, and Post stopped thirty Warrior’s shots on the night.
“It showed us what we are capable of as a unit, and it also proves that just because we’re a first year team, it doesn’t mean we won’t compete until the end,” said Barbieri. “To be able to put together a team for the first time in history and go out and take an overtime win against a good team in the first game—it’s something special.”
The Eagles will return to the ice this Friday, November 13 for their home opener, a rematch with Eastern Connecticut State, at the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton.
“Our outlook is simply to improve every day and pay attention to details,” said Whitney. “We know, while there will be ups and downs, ultimately good things will come of it.”