Case ice hockey wrapped up another busy weekend with a win versus Allegheny College at home and another loss on the road.
The team faced off against Allegheny for the second time already this season, pulling their overall record against this team to 2-0. The match got off to a promising start with the Spartans taking a 6-0 lead in the first two periods before the opposition got off the ground in the third.
Case used their home-rink advantage and struck early to meet their at-home win record from last season in the second week of league play. Will Zacher, who would complete a three-goal hat trick in this match, scored the first goal just one minute and twenty seconds into the first period.
Additional scorers for the team were Anthony Perugini with two goals and Amit Sharma, Jonathan Greenberg and Will Brenn, each with one goal. Goaltender Cam Gutman saved 39 shots during the game in his first win this season with a final score of 8-2.
Club president Patrick Thomas was encouraged by the win. “It was a good win. The entire team contributed to the win. We have such a wide variety of talent so it is great to see everyone play,” Thomas said.
Traveling for the second weekend in a row, the Spartans were at a disadvantage against league front-runner University of Pittsburgh. Coming in with only eight players, the team worked to challenge the Pittsburgh offense in the first period. However, the pace of play proved difficult for the Spartans to maintain as they fell to 6-0 before Jason Pickering scored on a power play ahead of the second period’s end.
The team was only able to score once more during a power play goal in the third period by Brenn, while the opposition scored six additional times to bring the final score to 12-2.
Despite the loss, the team feels confident moving forward. They have matched losses with victories at home and are hoping to add another this weekend versus Gannon University. The Spartans fell to Gannon in the first weekend of the season on the road. They look to avenge the 7-2 loss with the home crowd and home-rink advantage on their side.
Thomas believes this match is critical to the success of the club this season. “The winner of our division will probably be determined by this game. Gannon beat us once already. We want to show them the first game was a fluke.”
The club is always looking to gain depth for the team to help as the season progresses. They accept all skill and age levels from the CWRU community and are currently accepting new members. More information on the team schedule and membership procedures can be found on their club website.
Friday’s game will be held at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center at 9:00 p.m. The team will be shuttling students to the event starting at 8:00 from Fribley Commons. The team hopes to see a motivating home crowd to support the team in this exciting matchup.