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Morrisville State hockey rolls to first win of season; hands Franklin Pierce 9-1 loss

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Junior forward Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, Ontario) scored twice and assisted once to lead the Morrisville State College Mustangs in their first win of the season, a 9-1 final over non-conference opponent Franklin Pierce University Friday night in Morrisville.

Bobby Cass (Burlington, Ontario) struck first for Morrisville State, scoring on a power play eight minutes into the contest, his first of two power play scores on the night for the Mustangs.

Minutes later, Dana Calderone (Bronx, NY) netted two straight scores, the first at 12:41 and the second on a power play at 18:00 off an assist from Keith Williams (Whitesboro, NY) and Alarie to give Morrisville State the three goal advantage.

Joakim Cedin (Spanga, Sweden) extended the Mustangs lead to four, netting his first of the season, at 18:43 to end the first period.

In the second, Morrisville State scored twice, Alarie the first just 1:44 into the period, and Shawn Smail (Winchester, Ontario) the second at 13:11. Franklin Pierce prevented the shut out with a score at 11:30 as Shane Murphy and Anthony Chighisola connected with Phil LaBreck for the goal.

Morrisville State put the contest out of reach in the final period, with goals from Alarie, Cass, and Kyle Roberts (Whitesboro, NY), securing the Mustangs first win of the season.

Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, British Columbia) recorded the win in net for Morrisville State, saving 17 in 28:54 minutes played. Mike Will (Lewes, England) tallied 19 saves in the final 31:06.

Jon Tuttle recorded 15 saves the loss for Franklin Pierce. Matt McCarthy and Ben Siok added 12 and five saves respectively in the Ravens efforts.

Morrisville State (1-9-1) and Franklin Pierce (2-5-1) face-off tomorrow at 7 p.m. for the second of the weekend’s competition in the Morrisville State Ice Plex.

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.