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Morrisville State hockey opens season with loss to Elmira

ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey team opened the 2008 season with a 7-1 loss to Elmira College Friday night in Elmira.

Elmira’s offense came out of the gates on fire, netting four first period goals, the first from Albert Mitchell just 1:54 into the contest off assists from Brendan Sanders and Rick Acorn. Minutes later, Rick Schrank extended the lead with a power play score at the 8:05 mark.

Jan Velich added the third Soaring Eagle score 22 seconds later, extending the Elmira lead to three before Acorn made it 4-0 with a score at 13:19.

In the second period, Elmira’s John Clelow netted his first collegiate score 4:19 into the period adding to the commanding Soaring Eagle lead before Masters added a power play score with 1:53 remaining in the period.

In the third, Schrank added this second score of the night just 1:50 into the contest giving Elmira the commanding 7-0 lead.

Morrisville State’s lone score came with just six seconds remaining on the clock on an unassisted short handed score by Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT).

Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) recorded the loss in net, saving 29 for the Mustangs.

Morrisville State (0-1) returns to the ice Saturday, October 25th at Manhattanville.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.