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Series Preview: Rutgers vs. Cortland

09/27/2018, 10:30am EDT
By Namrita Singh

Rutgers opens up conference play this weekend in a back-to-back against Cortland State. 

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Your Rutgers University Ice Knights will look to remain undefeated when they open conference play this weekend against NECHL opponent Cortland State. The first game in the back-to-back is scheduled for Friday, September 28 at 8:00PM and the second half will be Saturday, September 29 at 3:00PM. Both games will take place at ProSkate Ice Arena in Monmouth Junction, NJ.  

The last time these two teams played each other was the 2010-11 season with Rutgers winning both games: a 9-0 shutout and a 3-2 overtime win. But these are two completely different teams and an exciting matchup is at hand.

Cortland: Cortland is 1-3 to start the season and continues a six-game road trip against Rutgers before they return home. They picked up their only win in a shootout against Canisius with freshman Nick Obi scoring the game-winning goal. Obi and senior Taylor Traenke are Cortland’s leading scorers with four points apiece. They have also been getting offensive contributions from more than a handful of players.

They most recently played Lehigh on Saturday, a 5-4 loss. They were able to climb back from a 3-0 deficit with goals from Traenkle, Jacob Manente, and Bailey Sparacio but were unable to secure the win.

Senior Hunter Andersen and freshman Dylan Clare have both seen time in net for the Red Dragons. Andersen (0-2) has a 6.00 goals against average and .888 save percentage through two games, while Clare (1-1) has a 5.28 goals against average and .857 save percentage through two. Clare made 36 saves in the shootout win over Canisius.

Rutgers: The Ice Knights are 2-0 to start the 2018-19 season after sweeping Villanova in a home-and-home. They outscored the Ice Cats 11-5 with six goals Friday night and five on Saturday.

Josh Kim currently leads the team in scoring with seven points (5G, 2A) and the team’s top line ([Josh] Kim-Griffin Privitera-Joe DeLandro) combined for 14 points over the first two games. Kim tallied a hat trick on Friday with a pair of shorthanded goals, and he and DeLandro had two goals each in Saturday’s contest.

The team has also been backed by strong play from their goaltenders Brandon Schellin and Chris Fiorillo, as well as their young defensemen. Schellin and Fiorillo split the weekend; Schellin has a 2.00 goals against average and .939 save percentage while Fiorillo has a 3.00 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

Puck drops are scheduled for 8:30PM Friday night and 3:30PM Saturday afternoon at ProSkate.

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