Vulcans Fall Short In The DVCHC Semi-Finals
California, PA- The #3 Vulcans (9-13, 7-6) met with the University of Delaware (12-1-1, 12-0-1) for the third time this season. Although they were outshot 30-19 the Vulcans blanked the Blue Hens league best power play and scored one of their own on the way to a 4-3 victory.
10 minutes into the first period the Blue Hens broke the scoreless tie taking a 1-0 lead. The Vulcans stayed poised and less than one minute left in the first period Lacey McCuean scored a Vulcan power play goal to tie it up at 1-1. Then with only 14 seconds remaining Angelica Smith netted another to give the Vulcans a 2-1 first intermission lead.
Up by one starting the second period the Vulcans continued their offensive attack by adding a quick goal from Jen Dulski to jump to a 3-1 lead. The Blue Hens would answer shortly after to make it 3-2. Over the halfway mark Dulski added her second of the game to give the Vulcans a 4-2 lead. The Vulcans took the 4-2 lead into the intermission.
In the second period the Vulcans held the Blue Hens to only 1 shot outshooting them 12-5 through the first two periods.
The Blue Hens came out firing in the third period trailing by two goals. The Vulcans took their first penalty two minutes into the third period and just seven seconds later took a second giving the Blue Hens a 5-on-3 opportunity. The Vulcans penalty kill shut down the Blue Hens power play attack preserving their two goal lead. During the final period the Blue Hens launched 25 shots on goal. Nicole Jones continued to make save after save for the Vulcans in net. With 1:30 remaining in the game the Blue Hens did score to make it 4-3 but the Vulcans held on to beat the Blue Hens for a second year in a row in the DVCHC Playoffs.
Saturday February 18th-Semi-Finals
After the Vulcans victory over Delaware on Friday they advanced to the Semi-Finals against #4 West Chester University (12-4, 9-4). These two teams met last season in the Semi-Finals with the Vulcans recording a 5-1 victory.
The Vulcans struggled early in the game while West Chester took a 1-0 lead halfway through the period. The Vulcans woes continued early in the second period as they gave up two quick goals to the Golden Rams to quickly fall behind 3-0. Through the first two period the Golden Rams outshot the Vulcans 21-10.
Trailing 3-0 to start the third period the Vulcans played with a great sense of urgency. Like the second, the Vulcans gave up a quick third period goal to give the Golden Rams a 4-0 lead. With 6:08 remaining in the game the Vulcans scored a power play goal off the stick of Dana Bowersox to cut the lead to 4-1. In a last ditch attempt to make a comeback the Vulcans pulled the goaltender with a minute remaining. Just seconds after the Golden Rams put in an empty net goal to record the 5-1 victory over the Vulcans.
For a second night in a row the Vulcans penalty kill did not give up a power play goal holding the Golden Rams to 0-for-4 on the night. The Vulcan finished the weekend 2-for-8 on the power play.
Nicole Jones faced 56 shots saving 48 on the weekend while picking up her first career postseason victory on Friday.
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