Men's Ice Hockey Spring 1996

Night & Day

Championship Summary
Night and Day defeated Smocks 1-2, 4-3, 5-2

Night & Day earned a first place seed and a bye with a record of 6-0-2. Night squeaked by the fifth seeded Cleveland Steamers, 3-2, to earn their second consecutive berth in the final series. The sixth seeded Smocks out gunned the third seeded After Shock; 10-5. In a stunning upset, the Smocks netted four goals in the third period to end the season for defending champions and second seeded D.P. Dough, 4-3.

Smocks carried their momentum into the first game and won 2-1. Ryan Lavangie scored for Night and Kyle Staplin scored for the Smocks. Rich Sturtevant broke the tie in the second period and the Smocks held on to take the lead in the best two out of three series.

It was ‘do-or-die’ for Night and they took a 2-0 lead after the first period in game two. Smocks answered with two goals before Night took a 3-2 lead into the final period. The Smocks’ third goal forced the first overtime period of the playoffs. Neither team could find the back of the net after two overtime periods. Night tied the series by winning game two in a shoot-out, 4-3.

In game three, Night led 2-1 after the first period. Each team added single goals in the second. Night stepped up the defense and shutout the Smocks in the third while adding two more goals, final score 5-2. Mike Montessi scored twice for the champions, while Matt Trinceri, Dan Wassung, and Chris Smith tallied single goals each. Keith Chouinard and Scott Mountain scored for the Smocks.