Starting right where they left off last season the Quakers take care of business at home and defeat their Big 5 opponents in the St. Joes Hawks 7-2 at home. The Quakers returned many of the core players that have made them so successful over the last few seasons and that seemed to be the case Friday night as they got out of the gate quickly against the Hawks taking a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. Seniors Spencer Tuohy and Calvin Aliferov got the party started with some help from their teammate Ethan Abraham capitalizing on a SJU penalty. SJU ultimately managed to put on in late in the 1st period but that would be a rare occurrence.
The Quakers would continue their scoring spree by putting in three more in the 2nd period, one by Abraham and two by Senior Dhruv Raman. Penn would concede another goal in the 2nd but would end the period a three-goal lead. The Hawks came out of the intermission with a hard push scoring their 3rd goal of the game, but it wouldn’t be enough to get them back into the contest. Quakers would go on to score two more goals in the 3rd by Aliferov and Freshman Chris Bugliosi, scoring his first goal of his college career, bringing us to the final score of 7-3 in the home opener.
The Quakers defense and special teams were a real highlight of this game. Sophomore goalie Jack Averill was very strong in between the pipes in first game as the Quakers starter and Freshman Kevin Shen looked very solid on the blue in his first game as Quaker. The team also managed to kill all eight penalties committed in the game and scoring two shorthanded goals along the way.
Coach Artosky was quoted saying that he was very happy with the teams performance in the first game. “There is always some rust that needs to be shaken off in the first game but if that is what rust looks like we are going to be in for a great season.”
The Quakers start league play next week with a home game against the Stockton Ospreys at home on Friday 9/29, warmups scheduled for 7:10 PM, and on the road at Scranton on Saturday (9/30), warmups scheduled for 5:30 PM for what should be a great weekend of Penn Hockey.
New to this season all Quakers home games will be live streamed on YouTube thanks to our partners at SFBN. Links for the streams can be found on Penn Hockey Facebook page or Instagram.