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Rutgers-Camden Loses To Explorers In Local College Hockey

Saturday, October 30, 1999

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Not many people know that Rutgers-Camden has a hockey team. I sure didn't, but they do, and they played LaSalle in an entertaining game on Saturday and lost 8-6 at the Coliseum. Both teams are in the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference and the school in part sponsors Rutgers-Camden. To be eligible for the team you must be taking at least four credits.

Coached by Matt Lemma and led on defense by his brother Adam, this is their first full year of league play and they played well. If they can attract some local talent from area high schools, the future could be bright. As for the game, Mike Krump had four goals and an assist and George Bailey had a goal and four assists to lead the Rutgers attack. Brian Reeves led LaSalle with three goals and three assists. After a well-played first period with each team scoring twice, the second period was the turning point in the game.

The Explorers had a two-man advantage for almost a full two minutes and John Wilkinson put LaSalle ahead for good, scoring on the power play with Reeves assisting. After Greg Rotz was stoned by Rutgers goalie Bill Douglass, LaSalle had another odd man rush and this time Reeves connected and the lead was 4-2.

After almost eight minutes of play Rutgers finally had its first shot of the period and Nick Katz cut the lead to 4-3. However, less than one minute later Paul Yanni gave the Explorers their two goal lead back as he was set-up by Brian Fay to make it 5-3.

The teams would trade goals in the last few minutes and the third period began with Rutgers down 6-4. When Krump scored in the first thirty seconds to cut the lead to 6-5, as most coaches preach, it's important to have a good shift after you score. Well LaSalle responded twenty seconds later as Rotz scored to make it 7-5. Less than ninety seconds later, Reeves would cap his night and make it 8-5. Rutgers would add a power play goal by Krump to close out the scoring at 8-6.

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