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Brandon Avezov Leads NYCHC to 7-5 Victory Over FSC DII



Brandon Avezov scored four goals with seven points on the night as NYCHC (5-5) defeated the Farmingdale State College Rams (11-6-1) by a final score of 7-5. Michael Cullen made twenty-six saves in his third win through four starts for NYCHC this season. Luke Richardson made thirteen stops in his eighth start of the campaign for FSC DII.

Cal Robinson put NYCHC on the board with 11:52 remaining in the first frame. Brandon Avezov made a backhanded pass to Robinson who beat Richardson stick side. Peter Abazis tied the game with 7:10 remaining in the 1st period. Kevin Manzi entered the NYCHC zone on a 2 on 1, threaded the needle on a pass to Abazis who beat a sliding Cullen short side. Kevin Manzi scored to give the Rams their only lead of the night with 3:41 left in the frame. Manzi cashed in from the backdoor on a tic tac toe play assisted by Peter Abazis and Nick D’Alessandro. Brandon Avezov fired a bottle rocket off a face off win by Weston Goodman to tie the game with 2:03 remaining in the period. Farmingdale State College went on a 5 on 3 man advantage after back-to-back penalties by Columbia in the final minute of the 1st period. With just six seconds remaining, Brandon Avezov scored a shorthanded goal for Columbia. The NYCHC Captain pounced on a loose puck in the defensive zone, turned on the jets to blow by the Rams defense, and went forehand-backhand on the breakaway.

Brendan Dixson potted a power play goal to tie the game that went off the glove of Cullen and into the back of the net with 19:35 remaining in the second stanza. Weston Goodman fired right back from the backdoor to put NYCHC back up by one with 11:14 left in the period. Collin Cross redirected a shot from the point by Joe Paratore past Cullen to tie the game with 6:31 remaining in the frame.

Weston Goodman scored the go-ahead goal with 16:55 left in the final frame. Johnny Cotton won the draw back to Brandon Avezov who made a cross ice pass to Joe Tambasco. The Columbia blue liner connected with Goodman who fired a one-timer from the slot. Brandon Avezov scored the game winning goal to complete the hat-trick on a shot from just below the left wing dot with 6:19 remaining in the period. Brendan Dixson banked one off in off the back of Cullen from beneath the goal line to make it a one score game with 3:39 left in regulation. Brandon Avezov buried a rebound that came off his own shot to seal the deal with 50 seconds remaining in regulation.

Scoring Summary:

PeriodTimeGoal ScorerAssistsTeamGoal Type
1st11:52Calidore RobinsonBrandon AvezovNYCHC – DII
1st07:10Peter AbazisNicholas D’AlessandroFarmingdale State College – DII
1st03:41Kevin ManziPeter Abazis, Nicholas D’AlessandroFarmingdale State College – DII
1st02:03Brandon AvezovWeston GoodmanNYCHC – DII
1st00:06Brandon AvezovCalidore RobinsonNYCHC – DIISH
2nd19:35Brendan DixsonPeter Abazis, Joseph ParatoreFarmingdale State College – DIIPP
2nd11:14Weston GoodmanJohnny Cotton, Brandon AvezovNYCHC – DII
2nd06:31Colin CrossJoseph Paratore, Arthur MervyakFarmingdale State College – DII
3rd16:55Weston GoodmanJoe Tambasco, Brandon AvezovNYCHC – DII
3rd06:19Brandon AvezovCalidore RobinsonNYCHC – DIIGWG
3rd03:49Brendan DixsonArthur Mervyak, Ian RibarichFarmingdale State College – DII
3rd00:50Brandon AvezovJohnny Cotton, Weston GoodmanNYCHC – DII

Three Stars of the Game:

StarPlayerStat LinePerformance Summary
1stBrandon Avezov (NYCHC)Four Goals, Three AssistsThe Bellmore, NY native scored four with seven points on the night to will Columbia to victory
2ndWeston Goodman
Two Goals, Two AssistsScored the go-ahead goal with a balanced two tucks and two helpers on the night
3rdCalidore Robinson
One Goal, Two AssistsScored the opening goal to set the tone in a three point performance

Looking Forward

The Farmingdale State College Rams will look to right the ship in a battle against the University of Central Florida Knights tonight at Northwell Health Ice Center with puck drop set for 7:00 PM.

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