Category Archives: Hockey

Hornets dominate in season opener

FREMONT, Calif. – It’s a brand new year for Sacramento State hockey, and the Hornets proved that with a 21-3 victory over San Jose State (D-III) at Sharks Ice on Saturday night.

Every Hornet recorded at least one point, led by newcomer Caden Line’s eight (one goal, seven assists) and team captain Matt Quilay’s seven (five goals, two assists). Matt Grindstaff and Casey Curd both recorded hat tricks, and newcomer David Ferguson added a pair of goals.

Ricky Davis, who scored the final goal of the year for Sacramento State last season, opened things up for the Hornets in 2013 just over six minutes in with a shot that at first glance appeared to hit the post. It bounced back over the goal line and the route was on.

Sacramento State took a 7-0 lead in the first period before the Spartans could even get on the board. Zach McKeithan’s initial shot was blocked, but he followed up the rebound and put it behind Hornet goalie Axel Ahrens at 1:50 into the second period.

McKeithan also scored halfway through the third period before things really got out of hand. The Hornets answered his second goal with three of their own in less than two minutes.

Despite having only 11 players, Sacramento State outplayed the Spartans (0-3, 0-2 PCHA) in every aspect of the game. Nowhere was this more evident than on the shot chart. The Hornets put 90 shots on goal compared to just 22 for San Jose State.

Sacramento State continues their season next Saturday at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Sac State Hockey ends losing streak at 7

VACAVILLE, Calif. – After a disappointing 7-0 loss last weekend to rival UC Davis, the Sacramento State Hornets club hockey team responded with a 2-1 win against the Fresno State Bulldogs Friday night.

The Hornets took advantage of the Bulldogs short bench and kept Fresno State (2-7) on their heels most of the game.

The score was tied at 0 after the first period because of great play from both goaltenders and a lack of shooting from Sacramento State (2-7).

Team captain Anthony Malisaukis broke through in the second period for the Hornets. After seeing his team struggle to get the puck out of their own zone despite minimal pressure from the Bulldogs, Malisaukis chose to take it himself and skated end-to-end and beat netminder Jeffrey Duggan to put Sacramento up 1-0.

Thomas Berriesford made it 2-0 with his first career goal for Sacramento State. An initial shot from the point was deflected in front of the net. Both Berriesford and Bryan Metcalf had chances in the scramble that ensued, but it was Berriesford who ultimately got it by Duggan just inside the right post.

Fresno cut the lead in half a few minutes later, but that was all they would get past Brad LaForce.

The Bulldogs had chances in the final couple minutes, including a powerplay with 34 seconds remaining and their own net empty, but the Hornets penalty killing was just too much for a tired Fresno team.

Sacramento State’s next game is an exhibition game against Cal Saturday afternoon at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif.

Hornets lose 6 straight

VACAVILLE – The Sacramento State Hornets lost their sixth-consecutive game Friday night against UC Davis by a score of 10-2.

The Hornets (1-6) fell behind early and weren’t able to recover in a penalty-filled game. More than 30 penalties were called in total.

Trailing 6-2 with under eight minutes to play, Sacramento State could not take advantage of multiple powerplays.

UC Davis rookie Gordon Dickson recorded 4 goals and 4 assists, and Lucas Digati added a hat trick and 2 assists for the Aggies.

The Hornets have four weeks until their next game – a rematch with UC Davis on Nov. 10.

Hornets fall to 1-3

Sacramento State dropped both games of a home-and-home series with Santa Rosa Junior College over the weekend.

The Hornets (1-3 overall, 1-3 PCHA) didn’t get their best start in game one, but managed to score first and stay ahead most of the game.

It all unraveled late in the third period, however, as the Polar Bears found a way to tie it at 6-6, then followed up with a controversial go-ahead goal that proved to be the game winner.

A shot from the point was deflected in front of the net by a high stick, which should have brought a stop to the play. The official wasn’t sure whether the puck had hit the stick or had gone off the glove of Sacramento State defenseman Vince Catalino, so he decided not to blow the play dead.

Santa Rosa added an empty net goal to win 8-6 and spoil the Hornets’ home opener.

“Aside from the first 10 minutes of the first period, and the last 7 minutes of the third, we played a great game,” said Hornets head coach Jake Panattoni.

Game two was played on Saturday night in Santa Rosa, but apparently nobody told Sacramento State. Santa Rosa scored early and often on their way to a 20-2 victory on home ice.

First weekend of Sacramento State ice hockey

FRESNO – The Sacramento State club hockey team opened their season with a pair of games against Fresno State this weekend at the Gateway Ice Center in Fresno.

After a well-played, 7-4 win on Friday night, the Hornets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Saturday.

However, four straight powerplay goals by the Bulldogs built a hole Sacramento State was unable to climb out of. Fresno State went on to win 7-3.

With their longest road trip of the year over with, the Hornets can now look forward to their home opener next Friday at 8 p.m. against San Jose State at Vacaville Ice Sports in Vacaville.