Tag: Emory

Late Flurry Clinches Sweep In Georgia

Prior to the VU Hockey Club’s Friday night faceoff against Emory this past weekend, freshman Jordan Zauderer asked coach Thomas Bernstein for a prediction.  A tradition dating back to his days playing high school hockey back in Pittsford, NY, Jordan was adamant that Bernstein take a position.

“Of course I’m going to say we’re going to win,” he responded in a tone that suggested equal parts caution and confidence.  “5 – 3, we pull out a close one.”

If only he had doubled down.

In its second road trip of the 2010-11 season, the Commodores notched two 5 – 3 victories, one Friday versus the Emory Eagles and another Saturday versus the University of Georgia Bulldogs.  It was exactly the way the Chilled Commodores were hoping to punctuate their season at the halfway point – i.e., with two strong performances en route to securing a record of eight wins versus a single loss on the year.

Friday Night Alright For A The Jack Attack

Jack Delehey (a.k.a., the “Energizer Bunny” as dubbed by freshman Mike Nisbet) notched a hat trick, the first of his young Vanderbilt hockey career, on assists from Evan “Pennies” Sclafani, Kyle McCann, and Tom Trepanier to power VU in its Friday win versus the Eagles.  Combined with his work on the penalty kill and back-check, Delehey was a one-man wrecking crew that Emory had no answers for.

“Jack has the spirit of 1,000 Christmases inside of him,” noted Sclafani, a freshman who made his debut on the defensive line to rave reviews from scouts and fans in attendance, following Delehey’s third goal of the game.  Given the context of the comment, one can only assume that that is a good thing.

Rounding out the scoring was Sclafani and Alan Leeser, another freshman who offered valuable minutes at left wing on the first line.

A Late Game Explosion

In what was by far the most exciting contest of the season thus far, Saturday’s game versus Georgia witnessed a seesaw battle that remained tight well into the third period.

Continuing his heroics from Friday, Delehey opened scoring in the first period with a beautiful off-angle, top-shelf slapper.  Then, following two goals by Georgia that left VU down 2 – 1, sophomore transfer sensation Kyle McCann rifled in an equalizer to knot the game at two apiece.

At that point it was clear the game was on track for an exciting finish, one way or the other.  A 2 – 2 tie.  On the road.  An SECHC conference rival in the Bulldogs.  Media in attendance ( … thanks to Jim Davis from HockeyY’all.com for stopping by).  The moment was enormous … and then it got bigger.

Georgia goal.  3 – 2. 8:54 remaining.

It was the first time in the 2010-11 season that the ‘Dores had faced any degree of late-game urgency.  Coach Bernstein wondered how they would respond given the uncharted territory.  “Following that goal, I just asked everybody, ‘Isn’t this great?’  A tight hockey game on a Saturday night on the road … I was having a blast and wanted to remind them that this was why we all signed up for the club.”

The ‘Dores went out and definitely had a bunch of fun, pouring on three goals in the final nine minutes, two by senior captain Peter Dignard and one by Trepanier, to secure the win.

“Boy, that was awesome,” said junior goalie Brenden Oliver who had another terrific game in net.  “We definitely wanted this one … just a great team effort.”

The Story Beyond The Stats

Lost on Saturday’s score sheet were two items of note.  The first was the impact that junior Nathan Tardiff and graduate student Ben Loss had on the game.  Both defensemen, Tardiff and Loss elevated the ‘Dore’s physical play while anchoring a stout attack in front of Oliver in net.  Along with Dignard, their decision to make the trip on Saturday contributed largely to the game’s positive outcome.

The other item of note was a near-miss-that-really-wasn’t-near off the stick of one Thomas Trepanier.  In the closing minutes of the second period, Kyle McCann made a furious rush up ice, slashing and toe-dragging his way towards the net.  After finally getting knocked off the puck, McCann made a brilliant pass in front to Trep which left the junior alone with the puck and the net.  No goalie, no defensemen … just one man and a surefire goal.

“All I could see was net,” said Loss who was skating up ice from the other end of the rink.  “Never seen a more wide open chance in my life.”

You can guess the rest based on the scoring recap.  Wide right.  Shame.  Audible laughter from the bench.  Jokes between periods.  Nightmares following the game.

Asked for comment, Trep simply said, “Ugh.”

The Good Times Roll On In December

Looking ahead, the club will be back on the ice (and the road) versus Louisville on December 3rd and 4th.  For more information, please reach out via the contact form on this website.  In the meantime, on behalf of the entire club – players, parents, and “staff” included – we thank everyone for your continued support of the team this year and look forward to a fun and entertaining second half of the season.  Hope to see everyone at the rink!

Vandy Sweeps Emory, Endures Homecoming & Snoop Dogg

NASHVILLE, TN (ESPN8) — Following a home sweep of Emory University this past weekend, the VU hockey faithful in attendance (“Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. Bernstein – party of 2?”) were left to toil over conflicting emotions and, more specifically, clichés.

A win is a win.

Not all wins are created equal.

I wonder how the Snoop Dogg concert was?

It was Vanderbilt’s homecoming weekend, the all-encompassing 72-hour parade of feasting and sport that on an annual basis commands the attention of most students on campus, including the members of the VU hockey club.  Despite a full schedule of parties, events, and celebrity performances slated for the weekend, the team demonstrated commitment to its cause by rallying to fill its rosters for both games.  Of course, that is where the similarities between the two games ended, as evidenced by the tale of the tape:

Friday night, thirteen goal margin of victory (14-1).  Saturday?  One goal (6-5).

Friday night, zero penalties (a first in VU hockey history per the Hall of Commodore Athletic Statistics).  Saturday?  Seven for seventeen minutes including the team’s first 5-minute major.

Friday night, Stephen (the Beast) Mozur and Scott McLaughlin in attendance.  Saturday night?  No Beast, No Scooter.

Friday night, no Erin Loeb.  Saturday night?  Erin Loeb, present and accounted for.

Above all of these Vanderbilt-specific stats, the biggest difference between the games lied on the Emory side of the ice.  Due to exams on Friday, Emory’s players made the Friday drive with a short bench and no goalie.  Kudos to one of their guys for stepping between the pipes versus opting for the forfeit.  While his hamstrings probably did not appreciate the gesture, the VU hockey club certainly did.

Conversely, on Saturday the pendulum swung back in the Eagles’ favor in all facets of the game.  Several players joined the squad in Nashville, including their full-time goalie, which made the contest a tight one right down to the final two minutes.  There was a penalty shot, 5-on-3 advantages for both teams, and even a tutorial from the ref on how to take a face-off.  “Never seen that before in my life,” said graduate student and defenseman Ben Loss in reference to a ref taking one of the Emory player’s sticks and demonstrating said technique.  “What a crazy game.”

In the end, the Commodores were happy to secure the win and a 4-1 start to the season.  Looking ahead, the club will be back on its home ice to play the LSU Tigers this coming weekend – 10:15pm on Friday (10/29) and 7pm on Saturday (10/30).  For more information, please reach out via the contact form on this website.

Looking forward to seeing you at Centennial!

* Special thanks to scoreboard operator Lila Totino for helping out with both games against Emory.  Lila is new to Nashville, a May 2010 graduate from Bates College who is currently working as a research assistant at Vanderbilt.  She is excited to be back around the game following her own ACHA club hockey experience back in New England.  Lila, we appreciate the help and look forward to seeing you at the rink throughout the season!