No. 6/6 Salve Regina Finishes Season as NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Runner-Up

No. 6/6 Salve Regina Finishes Season as NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Runner-Up


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – No. 6/6 Salve Regina's quest for the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship title fell just short on Saturday (March 24) night as the Seahawks dropped the Championship game, 3-2, in double overtime to No. 1/1 St. Norbert at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Salve finishes the season at 22-6-2 and its NCAA runner-up finish is the best finish by a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) team in any sport. St. Norbert's Championship season ends with a record of 26-4-1.

The teams skated scoreless for much of the first period with each team getting its share of offensive opportunities. Special teams became the difference late in the period as St. Norbert went on the power play right after killing off a penalty of its own. Dominick Sacco (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was finally able to break the deadlock at the 18:31 mark as he became the first to beat Seahawks' goaltender Blake Wojtala (Trenton, Mich.) this weekend. The score came on the man-advantage with assists from Tanner Froese (Estevan, Saskatchewan) and Peter Bates (Evanston, Ill.).

Special teams were again the story in the second period. About half way through the second, Danny Eruzione (Winthrop, Mass.) was called for a five-minute boarding major giving the Green Knights an opportunity to expand their lead. They did just that on a power play tally by Luke Davison (De Pere, Wis.). Forese and Bates each picked up their second assists on the goal. Despite the power play goal, the major left Salve with more penalty time to kill off. During the kill, Cameron Russo (Billerica, Mass.) was able to break free and score a short-handed goal to cut the Seahawks deficit back to one. Pat Thompson (Hellertown, Pa.) and Frankie Sullivan (Fairfield, Conn.) assisted on Russo's goal. The Green Knights had a 15-4 shot advantage in the second.

The Seahawks picked up their game in the third and outshot the Green Knights 8-3 in the first 10 minutes of the period. Finally Paul Boutoussov (Dana Point, Calif.) was able to beat T.J. Black (Wheaton, Ill.) to tie the game at two apiece. Sullivan picked up another assist on the equalizer.

The score would remained tied through one overtime period. It wasn't until the 9:42 mark of the second overtime the Brad Pung (Grand Ledge, Mich.) beat Wojtala for the game-winner that gave the Green Knights their fifth NCAA Division III Championship. Froese picked up his third assist on the play with Alfred Johansson (Stockholm, Sweden) also adding a helper.

Wojtala made 47 saves in the loss to fall to 20-6-2 and Black stopped 41 shots completing his Championship season with a 27-3-1 record.



NCAA First Round – Saturday, March 10

No. 11/13 Nichols def. Fitchburg State, 3-1 | BOX
Colby def. No. 8/7 University of New England, 4-2 | BOX

NCAA Quarterfinals – Saturday, March 17

No. 6/6 Salve Regina def. No.11/13 Nichols, 4-3 | BOX

NCAA Semifinals – Friday, March 23
Herb Brooks Ice Arena (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

No. 6/6 Salve Regina def. No. 4/4 Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 3-0 | BOX
No.1/1 St. Norbert def. Colby, 4-3 | BOX

NCAA Championship – Saturday, March 24
Herb Brooks Ice Arena (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

No. 1/1 St. Norbert def. No. 6/6 Salve Regina, 3-2 (2OT) | BOX




The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.


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