Admittedly, one of my weaker points of hockey knowledge is the prospect pool. With so many players in several countries, I haven’t had the time to catch up on the big names and the late-round steals.
Thankfully, Jared Ramsden does this all the time. Ramsden writes for Hockey’s Future, specifically covering the New Jersey Devils. He found some time to answer a few questions I sent him about the Devils’ prospects and this year’s draft. Here is the interview:
William Paterson, the number one seed in the American Hockey College Association’s National Tournament, looked to clinch the first collegiate hockey title in New Jersey.
The team fell short of its goal, dropping two of three games and taking fourth in the Division Two national championship bracket in Simsbury, Connecticut.
The Pioneers dropped their first tournament game Wednesday, March 17 against Lindenwood University, 8-3. After a scoreless first period, Lindenwood University exploded for five goals in the second period to take the lead, 5-2. Dettrick Pierzinski led the charge with four goals in the win.
William Paterson dropped their second game the next day, 7-5, to the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. UMBC scored three goals in the second and third period to defeat the Pioneers. Rob Durke finished with four points, including a hat trick, in the win for UMBC.
The Pioneers won their third game Friday, defeating Colorado State University, 5-4, in overtime. After taking a one goal lead in the third period, Colorado State tied the game on a goal by forward Mitch Hoover. Pioneers forward Robert Prezioso scored the game-winning goal at 7:40 of the overtime period for the win.
Three Pioneers tied for the team lead in goals scored during the three-day tournament. Ryan Mara, Justin Fortino and Prezioso all netted two goals for the Pioneers. Albert Campbell led the team in assists, and goalie Chris Bauer led in goals against average (6.04) and save percentage (.833).
The final season rankings have yet to be posted.
The William Paterson University Pioneers won their first Super East Collegiate Hockey League crown be defeating Montclair State University, 4-3, at the Albany County Hockey Facility Sunday.
The Pioneers received goals from Craig Junda, John Gomez, Chris Moser, and the game-winner from Shaun McTigue. Freshman goaltender Chris Bauer played a strong game in the final.
This is William Paterson’s second year in the SECHL. Before joining the league, the Pioneers played in the Mid-Atlantic College Hockey Association.
This was the third straight championship-game for the Pioneers. Two years ago, the Pioneers lost to Wagner College for the MACHA title. Last year, Siena College defeated WPU in the final.
With the win, the Pioneers extend their winning streak over rival Montclair State to 13 games. The team will be involved in the American Hockey College Association national championship tournament, beginning March 17. They hold a number one seed in the tournament.
The William Paterson Pioneers will broadcast all of this weekends Super East Collegiate Hockey League Playoff games on Pioneer radio.
The Pioneers open the tournament tomorrow night at 5:45, taking on the winner of #4 Central Connecticut and #5 University of New Hampshire.
William Paterson is searching for their first SECHL title.
The game will be called live from the Albany County Hockey Facility in Albany, NY. You can find the link here for the games.
Here’s some interesting college hockey news to read before the Devils – Sharks game tonight.
The Pioneers (24-8-1-1) clinched their second straight trip to the American Hockey College Association (ACHA) national championship tournament. William Paterson enters the tournament as the number one seed of the Northeast Region. The top two seeds in each region earn an automatic berth to Nationals.
After not making the playoffs in 34 years, the Pioneers have now appeared in three straight playoff appearances. Last year, the team went 0-3 in the playoffs, with a loss to eventual national champions Davenport University.
A college hockey team from New Jersey has never won a national championship at any level.
The Pioneers clinched their second straight Super East Collegiate Hockey League (SECHL) regular-season crown this season. The team is led by goaltender Chris Bauer, who led the nation with 19 wins. The freshman goaltender also ranks third in the Nation in minutes played with 1,528, and has a posted a 3.85 goals against average.
The team will play in the SECHL tournament March 6-8. They ACHA tournament begins March 17 and runs until March 20 in Simsbury, Connecticut.