Lions get revenge - The Behrend Beacon

Lions get revenge

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Author: Amber Miller (staff writer)

     Penn State Behrend’s club hockey team sought redemption this weekend as they faced off against Penn State Altoona in their first league game on Sunday. This annual Breast Cancer Awareness game saw forwards Kenny Gross and Kevin Backoefer each score a goal in the regular timed game, but it was assistant captain Jared Bagnato who scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

     “Jared Bagnato put the team on his back and won it for us in overtime. He always gives everything he has, no matter what, and that’s something every coach and teammate hopes to have.” Coach Ed Maras said.

     In the midst of selling t-shirts, lip-gloss and raffle tickets for the Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation, the team sealed the deal with a 3-2 victory over Altoona at the Mercyhurst Ice Center with Kenny Gross winning the game’s MVP trophy, an oversized monkey wrench.

     “I thought the win was a total team effort.  Gross said. Everyone contributed and played hard to beat Altoona. I was fortunate enough to get a lucky goal and get the award, but it really could have [gone] to four or five different guys.”

     Although Gross is modest in his accomplishment, Maras said, “Kenny battled for a full 60 minutes short handed, even strength[ed] and man up. He hit everybody in sight, skated hard and played pretty smart.”

     Maras went on to say that all of his players worked hard, and got into the groove of “playing Behrend-style hockey” this weekend. The team embodies a hard-nosed mentality and strives to outwork the other team above all else.

     “It was great to get a win in our first league game. Altoona [is] a good team so we really had to work for it. I’m very proud of the way the boys battled back, and came out on top. It was great to be able to win in front of a proud home crowd in support of breast cancer awareness,” he said.

      Behrend will play their next game on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:45 p.m. They hope to keep their two-game winning streak alive as they battle against Pitt-Johnstown at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Admission is free for students and five dollars for the general public.