BY BRANDON WILFORE // APRIL 9, 2017 //
Before the game junior defenseman Jack Boillotat put the game in perspective and stated simply, “We lost to them last year, and we really want to beat them this year.”
‘They’ being the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards, who made the drive for a 3 p.m. Commonwealth Coast Conference tilt.
The Colonels seemed to let last year fuel them and they dominated every facet of the game, coming out victorious by a 23-2 margin.
The beginning of the game was shaping up to be a battle for both teams. Wentworth started the scoring with 14:26 left in the first quarter and Curry responded with two goals. The Leopards tied the game up with about six minutes to play and seemingly packed in the rest of their offense.
Over the rest of the first half, the Colonels racked up 11 more goals, and sophomore Devin Newell completed his hat trick in roughly 16 minutes of game-time.
Curry had the upper hand at halftime in every statistical category, seemingly owning Wentworth. The Colonels only lost two faceoffs in the first half and led 13-2 at intermission.
They were halfway to something that hasn’t happened since 2012, a win over the Leopards. The Colonels were clearly out to prove a point.
They started the scoring party with around 12 minutes left in the third quarter when junior Tom Cashin sent a ball flying toward the net during a man-up advantage and found twine; 14-2 Curry. Sophomore Dakota Sanders, who was a wrecking ball on defense all day, added a goal to the beat down along with teammates senior Brandon Flaim, and junior Matt Serra.
Sophomore Dakota Sanders, who was a wrecking ball on defense all day, added a goal to the beat down along with teammates senior Brandon Flaim, and junior Matt Serra.
The final period was set to start with the Colonels holding a nice 16-goal lead. Freshmen started to substitute in for starters and get some experience. But that wasn’t going to stop the scoring.
The goals came early and often, and Wentworth’s backup goalie Scott Boucher came in for the final frame to close out the game and seemed shell-shocked after seeing so many shots within the first few minutes.
Things got a little chippy when the clock started to wind down and Curry added one more goal, to put some salt in the wound and send a message.
Colonels and Leopards joined a scrum for a ground ball when it turned more into a wrestling match than scooping up a ball.
A Wentworth player then came from about 15 yards away on a full sprint and laid out a defenseless Curry player…Here we go.
The Colonels’ bench came sprinting onto the field, and oddly enough, the Leopards’ didn’t.
Punches and players went flying and when all the dust settled, six players found themselves in the penalty box.
With only two minutes showing on the clock, the game was out of reach and the horn blared to conclude a Curry-dominated game.
“That was a huge win,” Boillotat said matter-of-fact after the game, summing up the entire team’s attitude toward the win; business-like.
- Clear Mind: The Colonels finished 31 successful Clears on 32 Clear-Attempts.
- Shots Fired: Curry registered 23 goals, while Wentworth only had 25 shots in the entire game.
- Hat Clean Up: Four Colonels had hat tricks, resulting in plenty of lost hats for the fans in attendance.