St. Nick's Start Season Strong at Home
DECEMBER 15, 2018
By Defenseman Kevin Peel (Yale '12)
This past Saturday, the men of St. Nicks took on Wissahickon in the first of two exhibition games set for the 2018-2019 season.
St. Nicks spent the first 10 minutes shaking off some rust, and a sloppy neutral zone turnover resulted in Wissahickon taking a 1-0 lead. Despite numerous Grade A scoring chances, the Nicks found themselves down 1-0 with 5 minutes left in the first period. That would all change when Carson Cooper (Yale ’16; ECAC Defensive Player of the Year) jammed home a rebound to knot things up at 1 a piece. From there, the floodgates opened and STN quickly scored 3 more. Goals from Matt Cook, Matt Hatch and Jared Keller had the Nicks up 4-1 heading into the 2nd period.
The goals kept coming in the 2nd, with offensive juggernaut Patrick Raley leading the charge from the back end. Jared Keller, Eric Robinson and Tucker Dayton also found the back of the net, giving the Nicks a comfortable 10-1 lead. STN goaltender, Sean Dougherty, bounced back from the early goal against to make 25 saves, setting the stage for a strong performance from the boys in blue.
With the Nicks firmly in control of the game, emotions began to run a little high. The lead secured, physicality starting to pick up, and STN started leaning on their grittier Canadian players, namely Carson Cooper, Kevin Peel and Jordan Kary. Despite failing to find the score sheet, Jordan Kary won numerous puck battles and was able to be effective by getting pucks in deep.
Recent father and self-proclaimed captain, Matt Cook, added 3 secondary assists in the win.
The win has St. Nicks at 1-0 this season, and will be looking to ride this momentum into their 2 game series against Vail in the new year.
St. Nick's Beat Suns
FEBRUARY 17, 2018
By Defenseman Kevin Peel (Yale '12)
After getting swept by the Suns in 2017, the STN squad headed west with a new slogan for the President’s Day Weekend series: Revenge Tour 2018. With some fresh blood and young lungs added to the line-up, the Nicks were able to battle the altitude and complete the sweep, with scores of 6-4 and 6-3.
Friday night started in a fury, with the Nicks scoring twice in the first 39 seconds, en route to a 5-1 lead after the 1st period. The deep bench of the Suns battled back and made it interesting throughout the next two periods, however it wasn’t enough, as the Nicks were able to pull it off with a 6-4 final. Eric Robinson led the way with 2G and 3A, getting some help from Jesse Root (2G 1A), Trent Ruffalo (3A) and Kevin Peel (3A). Connor Wilson was a stud between the pipes, making 12 of his 28 saves in the 3rd period.
Saturday night was a different story as the Suns came out hard, refusing to be caught off guard for the second night in a row. After a scoreless 1st period, the Suns were able to jump ahead 2-1 early in the second period, with Kevin Sullivan and Brendan Reich scoring to end the period with the Nicks up 3-2. STN was able to expand their lead, taking advantage of 3 straight powerplays, ending in a 6-3 final. Kevin Sullivan shocked the world by scoring a goal and adding 2 assists, while Alex Ward solidified his Sun Valley Norris campaign with 1G 2A. Connor “the Kitty” Wilson came up big once again, making 25 saves for the Nicks.
St. Nick's Sweep The Moose
JANUARY 17, 2018
By Kevin Kaiser (Princeton '10)
An elite St. Nick’s squad headed to Wyoming this January for two games versus one of the best semi-professional teams in the Rockies, the Jackson Hole Moose. The Nick’s were focused and hungry, and it showed on the ice and the scoreboard as the boys came away with a sweep in front of raucous crowds at the sold-out Snow King Sports & Events Center.
STN prevailed in a nail-biter in night one. The Nick’s went up 4-1 with Dan Weiniger, former Bowdoin College sniper, scoring two beautiful goals off the rush. But the Moose battled back, scoring two late in the 3rd to make it 4-3, and then went on a 6-on-3 powerplay with one minute remaining. Some gutsy shot blocks from Matt Raley (St. Lawrence) and key saves from goaltender Andrew Margolin (Conn College) kept the puck out of the net in the final seconds, and the St. Nick’s hung on for the 4-3 win.
It was all STN on night two – all the boys were buzzing even after a long night of drinking and day of skiing. Doug Rogers (Harvard), Jordan Kary (Cornell), and Nick Anderson (Williams College) all got in on the action, and the Nick’s cruised to a lop-sided 6-3 victory.
As always, the team had a great time off the ice enjoying the best that Jackson Hole has to offer: skiing, fishing, and drinking.