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2/2/2009 —

Penn State Brandywine’s talented ice hockey team, currently 23-5-0 and ranked seventh in the Atlantic Region (out of about sixty teams) continues its pursuit of a possible championship.

The top ten teams in each of the four regions qualify for a regional tournament, with the top four teams in each region going to the National Championship Tournament in Rochester, N.Y.

In a recent match, Penn State Brandywine faced Neumann College and showed the team’s true mettle. Neumann scored first midway through the first period. Junior Eric Breeden scored late in the period with an assist to freshman Jason Mandel to tie the score at 1-1. The shots on goal were 17 for Penn State Brandywine and 12 for Neumann. The first period got physical and was played at a pace that favored Neumann. But the game speed was not as fast as it was about to get.

As the second period started, the speed of the game increased as did the physical play. Neumann had problems handling   Brandywine’s speed and started taking penalties for hooking and holding. All Neumann’s penalties led to three straight power play goals for Penn State. The first came when freshman Mike Gumina scored, assisted by junior Anthony Carnessi and freshman Tyler Wiltrout, to make the score 2-1. Freshman Matt Green scored, assisted by freshman Brian Eswood and Tyler Wiltrout, with the second power play, making the score 3-1. The shots were 15 for Penn State Brandywine and 13 for Neumann College.

The third period started with Penn State Brandywine on the power play and it did not take long before freshman Alex Davis scored to make the score 4-1. Senior Andrew Galeone scored, assisted by Matt Green, to make the score 5-1 in favor of Penn State Brandywine. Late in the third period, a Neumann College player got behind the Brandywine defense and was pulled down and awarded a penalty shot which he converted to make the final score 5-2. The shots in the third period were 19 for Penn State Brandywine and 7 for Neumann College.

Good luck to the team in the regionals!

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