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Farmingdale D3 takes Black Division Title



The Empire Collegiate Hockey Conference (EMPIRE) Championship game was a thrilling showdown between The Rams (Farmingdale State College – D3) and the University of New Haven. Played at The Rinks at Shelton Lower Rink on February 26, 2023, the game was a showcase of skill, strategy, and intensity. The Rams emerged victorious with a decisive 5-1 win, displaying their dominance throughout the game.

Game Breakdown

First Period: The Rams Take Control

The first period was all about The Rams. They came out strong, scoring three unanswered goals. Kevin Manzi opened the scoring at 15:27, assisted by Marco Malandruccolo. Luciano Signoretti then added two more goals, one of which was the game-winning goal, assisted by Michael D’Alessandro, Ian Ribarich, and Nick Bentrewicz. The Rams outshot University of New Haven 17-10 in the period, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

Second Period: Power Play Success

The Rams continued their dominance in the second period, with Luciano Signoretti scoring a power-play goal at 17:50, assisted by Donald Romano and Brendan Dixson. The University of New Haven struggled to find their rhythm, despite having more shots on goal (15) than The Rams (15) in the period.

Third Period: A Fight to the Finish

The third period saw The Rams continue their offensive onslaught, with Roman Marullo scoring a power-play goal at 14:33, assisted by Brendan Dixson. University of New Haven finally got on the board with a goal from Peter Richetelli at 02:23, assisted by James Brady and Tristan Daneau. However, it was too little, too late, as The Rams secured the 5-1 victory.


Both goalies played the full 60 minutes, with The Rams’ Brendan Whelan earning the win and University of New Haven’s Alexander Fernandes taking the loss. Whelan faced 29 shots, while Fernandes faced a barrage of 49 shots from The Rams.


The game was not without its share of penalties, reflecting the intensity and stakes of a championship game. The first period saw a major elbowing penalty against James McGarry of The Rams, along with several minor penalties for interference, cross-checking, and hooking.

The second period featured a major contact to the head penalty against Aidan Dowsett of University of New Haven. The third period was marked by a game misconduct penalty against both Jack Mascari of University of New Haven and James Jensen of The Rams, along with several minor penalties for tripping, roughing, holding, and cross-checking.

Key Players

  • Luciano Signoretti (The Rams): Signoretti was the star of the game, scoring a hat trick and playing a crucial role in The Rams’ victory.
  • Brendan Whelan (The Rams): Whelan’s goaltending was outstanding, making key saves and keeping University of New Haven at bay.
  • Peter Richetelli (University of New Haven): Richetelli’s goal in the third period was a bright spot for University of New Haven, although it was not enough to change the outcome.


The Empire Collegiate Hockey Conference Championship was a thrilling game that showcased the skill and determination of both teams. The Rams’ dominance was evident from the start, and their offensive prowess, combined with solid goaltending, led them to a well-deserved victory.

University of New Haven fought hard but was unable to overcome The Rams’ relentless attack. The game was a fitting conclusion to a competitive season, and The Rams’ victory will be remembered as a highlight of the EMPIRE 2022-2023 season.

For more details on the teams, visit the University of New Haven team page and the The Rams (Farmingdale State College – D3) team page.

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