Cortland men’s hockey defeats Morrisville behind strong performance from freshmen

Freshman Louis DiMatteo scored his first career goal on the power play (Darl Zehr Photography)

Box Score

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Four freshmen each scored his first career goal as the Cortland men’s hockey team defeated Morrisville St., 5-2, in SUNYAC action Saturday night at Alumni Arena. The Red Dragons improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference, while the Mustangs fell to 1-3-2 and 1-3.

Michael Faliero (West Seneca/Buffalo Jr. Sabres) led Cortland with one goal and two assists. Conor Tierney (Point Pleasant, NJ/Philadelphia Flyers), Louis DiMatteo (Nobleton, ON/Trenton Golden Hawks) and Scott Donahue (Commack/Boston Bandits) each netted a goal. Senior Paul Fregeau (Los Angeles, GA/Des Moines Buccaneers) also netted a goal and added an assist.

Freshman Tom Ritchie (Spencerport/New York PAL Islanders) collected two assists, while seniors Andrew McCann (Bowmanville, ON/Wellington Dukes) and Tommy Nolan (Mahopac/Connecticut Oilers) and sophomores Connor Beck (Richmond Hill, ON/Toronto Jr. Canadiens) and Martin Lavallee (Goose Bay, NL/Nepean Raiders) collected one assist apiece for the Red Dragons. Senior goalie Drew Weigman (Annapolis, MD/Northern Cyclones) registered 28 saves.

Juniors C.J. Stubbs (Pleasant Grove, UT/Hawkesbury) and Jimmy Philbin (Chicago, IL/Mattawa Blackhawks) scored goals for Morrisville. Junior Bradley Hefner (Billings, MT/Dells Ducks) and seniors Layne Martin (Findlay, OH/Dells Ducks and John Lauer (Camillus/Syracuse Stampede) each recorded an assist. Sophomore goalie Jared Young (Pueblo West, CO/Dells Ducks) made 32 saves.

Cortland 5, Morrisville St. 2

Score by periods:

Morrisville 0-1-1 2
Cortland 1-3-1 5

Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists)
Morrisville: C.J. Stubbs 1-0, Jimmy Philbin 1-0, Bradley Hefner 0-1, John Lauer 0-1, Layne Martin 0-1
Cortland: Michael Faliero 1-2, Paul Fregeau 1-1, Conor Tierney 1-0, Louis DiMatteo 1-0, Scott Donahue 1-0, Tom Ritchie 0-2, Martin Lavallee 0-1, Connor Beck 0-1, Andrew McCann 0-1, Tommy Nolan 0-1

Saves: Jared Young (Morrisville) 32 saves (5 GA in 60:00); Drew Weigman (Cortland) 28 saves (2 GA in 60:00)

Shots on Goal: Cortland 37 (11-18-8), Morrisville 30 (15-9-6)
Penalties: Cortland 10-28:00, Morrisville 8-16:00
Power Play: Cortland 1-7, Morrisville 1-7

Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 1-4, 1-2 SUNYAC; Morrisville St. (Mustangs) 1-3-2, 1-3 SUNYAC