Baruch roller hockey team looks to playoffs

The roller hockey club at Baruch College finished its regular season on Feb. 18 with a record of 7-5-1. The performance was good enough for a fourth place seed in the Division 4 of the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association.

There were many high points for the team this year. Contributions up and down the lineup led the team to its first winning season in five years and a chance to play for the ECRHA Conference Championship in Feasterville, PA on March 2 and 3.

Senior Forward and Assistant Captain Kevin Spillane and senior defenseman Captain Peter Lambrou led the team in goals, points and assists respectively. Spillane finished the season with 23 points, a combined 17 goals and six assists in 11 games, while Lambrou led the team in points with 32, a combined 14 goals and 18 assists in 12 games. Both players were selected for the ECRHA All-Star Game on Feb. 17.

The Lambrou-Spillane connection has been running strong for the past three years. Spillane has perhaps one of the best snap shots in the ECRHA and a great sense for the back of the net. His skills were shown firsthand when he won the shootout challenge, while Lambrou plays a responsible two-way game with elite playmaking, skating and passing abilities. Lambrou’s 18 assists were tied for most in the league.

Junior forward Daniel Glattman Glattman put up a very respectable 23 points, with a combined 16 goals and seven assists during the season. Junior forward and Assistant Captain Joseph Spaeth proved his worth on the defensive side of the rink, getting big minutes on the penalty kill and taking a lot of faceoffs for
the Bearcats.

Senior defenseman Ryan Coakley brings a much-needed veteran presence to the team. Coakley is the only player on the squad remaining from the 2012-2013 Division 3 ECRHA championship team. Graduate student Taylor Bellina, burst onto the scene following the squad’s first regular season tournament in November.

Bellina has been a huge part of the offensive attack since joining the club. In the eight games he has played, he posted very respectable 15 points, scoring 11 goals with four assists.

Freshmen Jake Berger, Joseph Ambler, Ezra Kushner and Gabriel Kerstein have all added a youthful energy to the team. Providing formidable energy and contributing on both ends of the rink.

Lambrou was nominated as a candidate for Player of the Year by the ECRHA, while Glattman and Bellina were nominated as Rookie of the Year candidates. The results will be released at the ECRHA’s award banquet in Feasterville during the playoff weekend.

The top eight out of nine teams made the playoffs this season with two bracket pools. Seeds one, four, five and eight will all play each other once. While seeds two, three, six and seven will all play each other once with the best three teams from each pool advancing to the next bracket of the playoffs. Baruch’s schedule is as follows: Friday at 5 p.m. vs University of Vermont, Friday 10 p.m. vs Niagara University, and Saturday at 10 a.m.

February 28, 2018

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