Skidmore Hockey picks up first win

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tony Giacin '14 scored broke a 2-2 tie with 12:19 to play in the third to give the Skidmore College hockey team a 3-2 ECAC East win over the University of New England, Saturday night at the Saratoga City Rink.

The Thoroughbreds even their record at 1-1, while the Nor'Easters fall to 0-2.

Skidmore grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on consecutive goals by David Limoges '15 at 1:12 and 1:56 of the first period. Zach Menard '13 sent Limoges in on a breakaway for the first goal and then set-up the second goal with a perfect pass, chasing UNE goalie Craig Ryan.

The Nor'Easters patiently worked their way back into the game. Scott McManaman converted a penalty shot at 16:25 of the first to cut the lead to 2-1 at the end of one.

UNE had the only goal of the second period, a power-play tally by Tyler Fleurant at 7:04 that tied it 2-2.

Skidmore came out strong in the third period, but struggled to get one past back-up goalie Ian Edwards. Giacin broke through, battling in front to finally getting on past back-up Edwards, who had stopped all 37 shots he had seen up to that point. Alex Essaris '12 and Aaron Beck '14 were credited with the assists.

The Thoroughbreds out shot UNE 42-26, including 17-4 in the third period. Colin Bessey '12 had 24 saves in net for the win.

Skidmore is at St. Anselm at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.

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