Rowan University’s Division 2 hockey team defeats West Chester University 4-3 via shootout

Before coming into the game, the Rowan’s Division 2 Hockey team defeated Mont Clair University with a 6-0 win. With the season already halfway underway the Prof’s looked to continue their undefeated streak at home alive against the  West Chester Golden Rams.

No points were put onto the board not until the 2nd period of the game. It was Rowan who scored first; forward Sam Meyer via a power play. The goal was assisted by defenseman Matt Morelli and forward Alec Nicolai. The goal by Sam Meyer was his 12th goal of the year, giving him 18 points for the year, making the score 1-0 with 7: 56  minutes left in the 2nd period. Rowan would continue with their momentum into the 3rd period of the game, but not for long. The insurance goal was scored by forward Mike Mcgahey, and assisted by forward Alec Nicolai his second assist of the game.  Making the score 2-0 Rowan with 19:14 minutes left in the 3rd period of the game, giving Rowan a little breathing room. The goal by Mike Mcgahey was his 14th goal of the year, giving him 27 points on the year. Forward Alec Nicolai leads the team with 20 assists, and 35 points for the year.

It’s a good thing that Mike Mcgahey scored the insurance goal early in the 3rd period, the Golden Ram’s went on a roll themselves. Forward Joseph Porreta of West Chester scores a goal via a power play. Making the score 2-1 with 18: 23 minutes left in the 3rd period. Just 12 seconds after making his first goal of the game Joe Porreta made his second goal of the game. Making the score 2-2 with 18: 11 minutes left in the 3rd period.  Frustrating Rowan after dominating the first two periods.

The Golden Ram’s continued their scoring streak by taking lead with 14:42 left in the 3rd period forward Joe Moran scores. After surrendering three goals in the third period Rowan makes a substitution, and takes goalie Justin Natiello out in favor of Cody Reilly. The Prof’s though were not totally out of the game, and put a goal on the board before intermission finished. With 9:28 minutes left in the 3rd period defenseman Matt Morelli ties the game at 3-3, which gets the crowd at Hollydell pumped up. The goal is Morelli’s fifth goal of the season tying defenseman Peter Kaz with five goals a piece.

No one scores in the rest of the third period which takes the game into overtime. Even with the added time it wasn’t enough for anyone to score. The game then went into a shootout, and Rowan was able to pull away with the win.  Defenseman Matt Morelli was the one who put the cherry on top to ensure the win for Rowan. At the end of the day Rowan’s record goes to 12-5 for the year, and they win both games of the weekend.

Technically the standing of the game is considered a tie which is something Rowan didn’t want.  Rowan’s next game is at home on December 3rd at 8:15 at Hollydell Ice Arena against Rider University.

“Well we need to be a team that play’s 60 minutes, we can’t pick and choose how hard we are going to play against which opponents. We need to play 60 minutes solid the whole way out. There’s no way we can gage how hard we need to bring our game. It has to be 100% committed 100% of the time”, said head coach John Caulfield after the game.

 

 

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Prof Nation Interview: Derek Jones Station Manager of Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM

Last month I interviewed Mike Delayo who is the Sports Director of Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM. This week I got a chance to interview the other voice behind the Sports Broadcasting team of Rowan Football, Derek Jones. Derek is the Station Manager of Rowan Radio, and an alumni of the University.  In the interview Derek explains how he got into sports broadcasting, and much more!

Prof Nation Profile: Rob Abbott, and Todd Davis from JMU Sports Blog

Rob Abbott, 41 of Alexandria, V.A. and Todd Davis, 39 of Greensboro N.C. aren’t your typical journalists.  They both graduated from James Madison University, Rob graduated in 1997, with a degree in Computer Information Systems, and Todd graduated in 1999, with a degree in English.  Not having a degree in journalism didn’t stop these two friends from doing what they love most, James Madison University Sports.

 

Before writing for the JMU Sports Blog, Rob and Todd began writing guest posts for their friend about JMU Sports on a Washington DC Sports Blog, MisterIrrelevant.com, and that same friend was the one who encouraged them to start their own JMU Blog.

 

In 2011, they began focusing on what they loved most, James Madison University Sports.  Aside from being passionate JMU sorts fans, the guy’s wanted their blog to be a single place where they could discuss JMU sport’s, and communicate with other JMU fans. Even after creating the JMU Sports blog, they didn’t completely take away the MisterIrrelevant.com audience.

 

When the blog started it revolved heavily around the message board, but Rob and Todd didn’t really prefer that because of its limitations. Both guy’s wanted their blog to be different and were willing to take a risk.  They took that leap of faith and succeeded making their dream a reality.

 

In an interview, I asked Rob and Todd what was the most interesting or exciting aspect of running this blog. “It’s pretty fun when things start to take off and one of our posts gets a ton of views. And we’ve had the good fortune to have some of our posts linked by big outlets such as the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. The most exciting part is when we get to meet readers in real life though. We’ve been surprised when folks come up to us at tailgates, boosters’ events, or at games and introduce themselves as fans of the blog. It’s pretty flattering and always makes us feel good to know that folks actually enjoy what we do,” stated Rob, and Todd.

 

They both agreed that writing the blog consumes a tremendous amount of their time, which can be difficult depending on the season. The summers are normally the most difficult as JMU is not a predominant sports college, and filling content over the course of a year can be challenging at best. Even with the ups and downs of the seasons they aren’t afraid to take a hiatus from the blog because they have become known as “the voice of the fan.” While there is great effort to keep up with the blog it is enjoyable work and they have been successful without the assistance from the players or coaches.

 

Rob and Todd both agree that traditional journalism is still required to enhance the blog, and believe their blog is just additional information added to traditional journalism. Fans can read other fan’s input and find out what’s happening in an entertaining way while continuously entertaining Rob and Todd.

 

Rob and Todd left me with some advice to share with my readers who might be interested in starting their own blog. They advise bloggers to read “great and not so great” writers. Write like yourself and not like anyone else, be true to yourself and what you feel you want to convey to the audience, and know that attracting an audience is difficult, but to never give up. It will take time, but you can do it!