Zapata Scores Coveted Teddy Bear Goal

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Morrisville State (6-6-0, 5-3-0 SUNYAC) – 1
#11 Utica College (7-2-2, 4-2-1 UCHC) – 4

If are lucky enough to score tickets to the 2020 New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss, don’t be late. Last year, Josh Haskin (PAL Jr. Islanders) sent the bears flying at 1:24 into the game. This year, at the 15th annual event, #11 Utica College Freshman Dante Zapata (Austin Bruins) scored the coveted Teddy Bear Goal at 1:01 in the game.

Zapata now has the honor of having the fastest Teddy Bear Goal in the event’s 15 year history. Daniel Fritz (Canisius College) was able to continue his point streak with one of the Teddy Bear assists. John Moncovich (Hampton Roads Whalers) was credited with the other Teddy Bear assist. Just when it looked like the Pioneers (7-2-2, 5-2-1 UCHC) were going to take the 1-0 score into the first intermission, Jarrod Fitzpatrick (Northern Cyclones) and Justin Allen (Rochester Monarchs) were able to clear their zone on a penalty kill. Nick Yzaguirre (Charlotte Rush) then stole the puck from a Morrisville St. defender to create a fast break. He pushed the short handed goal past Jared Young (Dells Ducks) with eight seconds left in the first.

The Mustangs (6-6, 5-4 SUNYAC) scored their only goal of the night on a power play when Fitzpatrick was called for a major and a game misconduct boarding penalty. At 10:35, Freshman James Boisvert (Vermont Lumberjacks) scored the first collegiate goal of his career. Nick Devito (Wellington Dukes) and Syracuse Stars alum Ben Sprague were credited with the assists. A minute later, Moncovich scored his own goal of the night with assists from Zapata and another Syracuse Stars alum, Dylan Rallis.

The only goal of the third period came from the Pioneers at 10:35. Donovan Ott (RPI) lit the lamp with assists from Allen and Regen Cavanagh (Sioux Falls Stampede). Utica College’s goalie, Joseph Giacobbo (Rockland Nationals) is now 2-0 this year with 17 saves on the night. Young kept his team in for most of the game with 27 saves.

Utica heads to #7 Adrian College after a three week break for non-conference play on January 4th and 5th.

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