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Morrisville State hockey sweeps Johnson and Wales; Calderone nets hat trick

PROVIDENCE, R.I.– Junior forward Dana Calderone (Bronx, NY) netted a hat trick Saturday afternoon to lead visiting Morrisville State College to the 7-4 non-conference win over Johnson and Wales University in Providence.

Freshman Geoff Matzel (Chittenango, NY) gave Morrisville State the early one goal lead, netting a score just 4:08 into the contest off a pass from Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT) and Brent Quinn (Perth, ONT).

Dave Shultz (Trucksville, PA) extended the lead to two, netting the first of three Morrisville State power play scores, 13:30 into the first as Sgarbossa was credited with the assist. Less than a minute later, Johnson and Wales Jeremiah Ketts brought the Wildcats within one, netting the short handed score at 14:12.

At 8:01 the second, Ketts netted a second short handed goal to even the contest for the Wildcats before Stephen Pfeiffer gave Johnson and Wales the one goal advantage with a third short handed goal of the night at 9:31.

Morrisville State rallied for two straight power play scores, the first from Calderone at 9:57 and a second from Shultz a minute later. Andrew Alarie (Carlisle, ONT) and Keith Williams (Whitesboro, NY) were credited with the assists to Calderone while Matzel had the assist to Shultz.

Morrisville State out scored the Wildcats 3-1 in the third period for the win. Calderone netted the eventual game winner with an unassisted score at 4:14 before Sgarbossa added his third of the season at 15:33 off an assist from Tom Longland (Dunnville, ONT). Calderone added this third of the night off a pass from Williams at 18:57, sealing the win for the Mustangs.

Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) tallied 25 saves in net for Morrisville State, recording his third straight win of the season.

Morrisville State out shot the Wildcats 41-29 and capitalized on 3-of-8 power play opportunities on the afternoon.

JR Woodland tallied 34 saves in the loss for Johnson and Wales.

Morrisville State (4-10-1) returns to the ice Thursday, hosting Hobart College at 7 p.m. at the Morrisville State College IcePlex.

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.