Cortland men's hockey drops home opener to Utica, 3-2

Junior Mike Crowley scored a third-period short-handed goal (Darl Zehr Photography)

Box Score

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Junior Justin Derlago (Winnipeg, MB/Selkirk) scored on a deflection off his body on the power play with 5:05 remaining in the game to lift the nationally 14th-ranked Utica men's hockey team to a 3-2 win Saturday night over Cortland. The Red Dragons fell to 0-2, while the Pioneers improved to 2-0.

Junior Mike Crowley (Buffalo/Springfield Blues) and freshman Scott Docherty (Oakville, ON/Georgetown Raiders) scored goals for Cortland with Crowley's being a short-handed effort that tied the game at 2-2 midway through the third period. Senior Dan Broderick (White Plains/New York PAL Islanders) and sophomore Ryan Fritz (Rochester/Buffalo Jr. Sabres) each collected an assist. Senior goalie Drew Weigman (Annapolis, MD/Northern Cyclones) stopped 30 shots.

Senior Dalton Carter (Toledo, OH/Northern Cyclones) tallied a goal and an assist for Utica, and sophomore Devin Warfield (Cary, NC/Carolina Eagles) added a goal while five players recorded one assist apiece. Sophomore goalie Gianluca Baggetta Maple, ON/North York) made 22 saves.

Utica 3, Cortland 2

Score by periods:
Utica 1-1-1 3
Cortland 0-1-1 2

Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists)
Utica: Dalton Carter 1-1, Devin Warfield 1-0, Justin Derlago 1-0, Mikhail Bushinski 0-1, Vinny Stefan 0-1, Roman Ammirato 0-1, Kevin Valenti 0-1, Josh Haskin 0-1
Cortland: Scott Docherty 1-0, Mike Crowley 1-0, Dan Broderick 0-1, Ryan Fritz 0-1

Saves: Drew Weigman (Cortland) 30 saves (3 GA in 59:07), Empty Net :53; Gianluca Baggetta (Utica) 22 saves (2 GA in 60:00)
Shots on Goal: Utica 33 (11-11-11), Cortland 24 (8-8-8)
Penalties: Utica 6-12:00, Cortland 5-10:00
Power Play: Cortland 0-5, Utica 2-4

Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 0-2; Utica (Pioneers) 2-0 (ranked 14th in Div. III)