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Knights Defeat Rams 5-3



The University of Central Florida Knights (12-7-1) scored three power play goals in a 5-3 victory over the Farmingdale State College Rams (16-7-1). UCF went three for eight on the power play as FSC was assessed a grand total of ten minor penalties in Saturday night’s loss. The Rams jumped out to an early 1-0 lead despite being outshot 17-8 in the 1st period. An icing, followed by a defensive zone turnover by the Rams in the 2nd period, allowed the Knights to tie things up. UCF proceeded to score two power play goals in the 2nd period before tacking on another in the 3rd period to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The Rams scored twice in a valiant comeback attempt, but the Knights scored an empty netter to seal the deal with six seconds left in regulation. The Rams were a perfect three for three on the penalty kill in the first twenty minutes, but allowed three power play goals against on the Knights next five opportunities. 

Justin DeSaro was stellar in his first start of the new year for the Farmingdale State College Rams, but it was Jackson Barton who would pick up his second win in as many nights for the University of Central Florida Knights. Barton previously made thirteen saves as UCF defeated the Hofstra Pride 6-1 on Friday night. That game was delayed one hour due to an accident involving the UCF team bus. LISN was informed that all coaches, players and personnel were ok after the accident.

Justin DeSaro stole the show with seventeen saves in the 1st period as the Rams killed off three power plays including an extended 5 on 3 advantage for the Knights. Peter Abazis redirected a pass from Nick D’Allessandro past UCF netminder with 11:39 remaining in the first frame. 

Anthony Sciortino scored the lone 5 v 5 goal for the Knights with 16:14 remaining in the second stanza. Joey Dray scored the first of three consecutive power play goals for UCF on a shot from the point with 14:38 remaining. Rob Renner went coast-to-coast to score his first career goal as a Knight on the power play with 8:38 remaining in the frame. It was Renner’s first career goal for UCF in his second game with the program. The former NCAA Division III defenseman played twelve games during the 2022-2023 season for King’s College in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Joey Dray potted his second power play goal of the game on a shot that was redirected through traffic in front with 10:13 remaining in the period. The Captain, Brendan Dixson, sniped stick side with 8:04 left in the period to make it a two score game. Collin Cross put the Rams within one on a shot from the left wing dot with 6:39 remaining in the period. Matt Weinstock sealed the deal for the Knights with an empty netter with six seconds left in the game. 

Scoring Summary:

PeriodTimeGoal Scorer (Team)AssistsType of Goal
1st11:39Peter Abazis (Farmingdale State College)Nicholas D’Alessandro, Kevin Manzi
2nd16:14Anthony Sciortino (UCF)Unassisted
2nd14:38Joseph Dray (UCF)Jacob GraziottiPower Play Goal
2nd08:11Robert Renner (UCF)Max WeinstockPower Play Goal
3rd10:13Joseph Dray (UCF)Kent BishopPower Play Goal, Game Winning Goal
3rd08:04Brendan Dixson (Farmingdale State College)Louis Saccone
3rd06:39Colin Cross (Farmingdale State College)James Jensen, Arthur Mervyak
3rd00:06Max Weinstock (UCF)Roberts Viguls, Kent BishopEmpty Net Goal
Three Stars Of The Game
Player (Team) StarStat LinePerformance Summary
Rob Renner1stPower Play GoalThe former NCAA defenseman tilted the ice in the Knights favor as he potted the first of many goals for UCF
Joey Dray2ndTwo Power Play GoalsThe heady two-way defender chipped in on the power play with two shots that found the back of the net from the point
Jackson Barton3rdTwenty Four Saves, WinIn his second start of a two game road trip, Barton made 24 stops to move into a tie for first place in games started and wins among all AAU Division II goaltenders
Upcoming Schedule

The Farmingdale State College Rams will look to pick up their first win of 2024 against Rutgers on Friday January 26th at 9:30 PM. In their first meeting of the season FSC defeated Rutgers 9-1.

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