The University of Central Oklahoma Hockey Team hosted the Nation’s #11 team, the Stony Brook University Seawolves of New York over the weekend and swept the Seawolves, 3-1 and 4-3.
UCO and Stony Brook have a unique history together as the Bronchos beat Stony Brook two seasons ago for the National Championship. Both teams met again in Long Island, New York last season where they split a series of games. Once again both teams challenge each other again late in the season, and true to their past, the games were tough, physical contests.
On Friday night, Stony Brook opened the period and pushed the pace and at times bottled up the Bronchos in their zone. The Seawolves, Chris Molnar put Stony Brook up on top in the first period before the Bronchos regrouped with Donny Danroth leading the way scoring the tying goal and the go head goal in the second period. UCO’s Gaven Hohl finished off the scoring with Danroth assisting.
Saturday night’s game started out with the Seawolves pushing the play once again by putting 17 shots on UCO’s netminder, Jacob Wallstedt in the first period but it was the Broncho’s Matti Jmaeff who opened the scoring before Stony Brook’s Chris Molnar tied the game. Thirty seconds later, the Broncho’s Donny Danroth assisted on a Brandon Formosa goal to put the Bronchos ahead at the end of the first period 2-1.
The Bronchos scored on a powerplay goal from Landon Robin late in the second and Tyler Minx finished with the eventual game winner with another assist from Donny Danroth. While the Seawolves rallied late in the third period with two goals, UCO’s Jacob Wallstedt smothered any hope of tying the game with some big saves.
“With Tyler Herndon gone with Team USA at the World University games, Spencer Pertalo injured and Andrei Novikov missing the games after a game disqualification, we had to have someone step up this weekend. Donny Danroth was that guy, he proved that when the game is on the line he is more than ready to elevate his game”, said the UCO Head Coach, Craig McAlister.
The Bronchos head to Missouri State and Arkansas University this next weekend before returning home against their bedlam rival, the University of Oklahoma on Friday, February 10th.