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Morrisville State hockey upsets #14 Elmira, 2-1

Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) saves career best 57
ELMIRA, N.Y. – Junior goaltender Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) turned away a career best 57 shots as Morrisville State College men’s ice hockey opened the 2009 season with a 2-1 upset victory over #14 nationally ranked (by Elmira College Friday night in Elmira.

Elmira held the 18-9 advantage in shots on net in the opening period, but it was Morrisville State who struck first, taking the one goal lead 15:26 into the period, as Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT) fired a shot past Elmira goaltender Darren McDonald for the score. Dave Shultz (Trucksville, PA) and Adam Hercules (Toronto, ONT) were each credited with the assist.

In the second, Hercules extended the Mustang lead to 2-0, netting the eventual game-winner off a pass from Shultz and Geoff Matzel (Cazenovia, NY) at the 7:02 mark. Relkoff kept the Soaring Eagles off the scoreboard, saving 19 in the period.

Elmira was finally able to sneak one past Relkoff just 4:44 into the third, as John Clewlow converted on the power play opportunity, bringing Elmira to within one of the Mustangs in the final stance.

With less than four to go, Morrisville State was whistled for a high stick penalty and Elmira awarded their third power play opportunity of the period, but the Mustang defense held the Eagles to just one shot on net.

At 19:15, Elmira pulled McDonald for the extra man, but failed to convert as Relkoff stopped two additional to secure the non-conference victory for Morrisville State.

McDonald saved 24 in the loss for Elmira (1-2-0). Elmira held the 59-26 advantage in shots on goal on the night.

Morrisville State (1-0-0) returns to the ice tomorrow, hosting the Soaring Eagles for the home opener at 7 p.m. at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.