FGCU sweeps Weber State in the weekend series
The Florida Gulf Coast University D2 hockey team gears up to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov 7 at Germain Arena. The second of the two-game series will continue at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $5 at the door, but free with your Eagle ID.
The EMU Eagles, a Division I hockey team, travel from Ypsilanti, Michigan, boasting an unimpressive 4-9-0 record. Brian Kozlowski, leading point-getter for EMU, poses a potential scoring threat for FGCU defense. Kozlowski has scored five goals and tallied 12 assists in the previous 12 games. EMU has allowed 66 goals this season.
“We have played Eastern Michigan the last three years and done very well against them.” Coach Bob Brinkworth said. “They will have some high-end players, and it will be a good test for us next weekend. Our speed, and the fact that we have four lines that cannot only compete, but score on a regular basis, makes it hard for our opponents.”
The Eagles hosted Weber State University on Friday, Oct. 31, at Germain Arena. FGCU went on to crush the Wildcats with scores of 10-3 on Friday and 11-0 Saturday.
Scoring opened with a Wildcats’ goal in the second minute of play, by Alex Pizarro. The Wildcats’ goal ignited the Eagles to slide six goals past WSU’s goaltender Dalton Kay. Goals from FGCU’s Nick Houser, Dillon Duprey, Myles Neuneker, Brian Valancy, Nick Schilson and Jordan Klotz sent the Wildcats to the locker room stunned, forcing a goaltender change.
The second period started with what looked to be a recharged WSU offense. Right-winger Troy Quarnberg was able to sneak one past FGCU goaltender Tyler Tracy. Eagles retaliated with goals from Houser and Klotz, shocking the WSU back-up goaltendern Lucas Thatcher.
Colton Bailey stretched the Eagles’ lead with a goal assisted by Anthony Yezek, in the seventh minute of the third period. Jack Emmer followed that up with an unassisted goal, closing out scoring for FGCU. Wildcats’ Phill Jennrich put a late-period goal past Tracy, but it was too late for a WSU rally, and the Eagles continued to maintain their lead.
FGCU defenders Logan Garst and Rob Marlinski posed an impressive plus-5 rating, while forwards Houser and Klotz both got a pair of goals for the evening.
On Saturday night, the Eagles continued to destroy the Wildcats. First period scoring started in the first minute of play with a goal from Schilson assisted by Duprey. Yezek and Duprey followed suit, scoring two more goals to round out the period at 3-0.
The Wildcats limited the Eagles’ scoring to two in the second period. An early goal from Klotz continued to shake the already rattled WSU goalie Kay. Eagles’ second goal of the period was scored on an awarded penalty shot by Bailey, in the 18th minute.
Weber State reluctantly took the ice for the third period. Allowing six even-strength goals, the Wildcats’ were essentially tamed by the soaring Eagles. A goal from Valancy, Chemello, Schilson, Houser, and two from Neuneker were enough to send the Wildcats home scoreless.
“We played very well as a team this past Saturday night, and the scoring was distributed amongst all four lines.” Brinkworth said.
Eagles’ goaltender Mike Reed stood on his head in Saturday’s matchup. Stopping all 40 shots faced. Starting center, Schilson scored two goals and tallied two assists. Neuneker also put two goals past WSU goaltenders.