Empire North action. Utica routs Albany in playoffs, 15-6. The Utica Yeti (3-2) welcomed the Albany Hyenas (2-2) to the Adirondack Bank Center. This was a pivotal Empire North match-up in a first-round playoff game.
To The Action
The game started as a shootout when it took just :22 for Nick Suits (2g,1a) to put the Yeti up. Rodney Redeye (4g) added a man-up goal at 3:02 to double the advantage. It took 62 seconds for Cody Kilcoyne (2g) to put the visitors on the board. Suits played set up guy for Redeye on another power play. Things settled down for five minutes. Until Lucas Maloney (1g) converted a Justin McKinney (1a) pass to give Utica a power-play marker that cut it a 3-2 game with 4:49 remaining in the opening stanza.
It was time for a Yeti sighting with Brandon Misiaszek (3g), Redeye with his third of the period and his third man-up tally and David Saccoci (1g,1a) closed the curtain with Utica taking charge, 6-2. The Yeti blew the game wide open. With a 7-0 middle stanza fueled by Neal Powless (1g 2a), Alex Snow (1a) setting up Suits on what else? A power play, Austin Curtis (2g,) Nate Farrell (1g), Misiaszek, Curtis again followed by the fourth man-advantage score from Redeye and it was run the clock time for Utica who held a 13-2 lead after 40 minutes.
The onslaught continued with Misiaszek getting his hat trick but, aftet 34:24 of scoreless play, Ryan Hotaling (1g) scored a Hyenas short-handed goal. Jesse Demase (1g), Marquis Terrell (2g), Kilcoyne picking up his second, and Terrell from Nick Testa (1g) closing the scoring with a man-up net bender to end the 15-5 encounter. Shots on goal leaned the Utica way, 45-30 with Christian Hunt stopping 30 Utica shots.
By the Numbers
The Yeti used two goaltenders with Kobi Johnson making 20 saves in his 49:02 of action. Shannon Sullivan stopping 4 shots.
A penalty-filled affair revealed 10 Albany penalties and 8 for Utica. Four sets of off-setting calls set the stage for a perfect 5 goals on 5 chances for the Yeti and 2 markers in six tries for Albany. The Hyenas managed to pick up a short-handed tally. Utica routs Albany in playoffs.