The University of Delaware ACHA DII Team opened up their inaugural season with a 5-0 decision against Saint Joseph's University at Skatium in Haverford, PA Sunday evening in front of a rather large, Hen-supportive crowd.
UD opened the scoring campaign late in the first period with a goal by Michael Gunderson, and assisted by Ryan Pate to lead 1-0 after the first period.
UD battle back and forth with SJU until 4:00 in the 2nd period remained when Matt Gumina and Ryan Knox assisted Gunderson for the goal to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room after two frames.
The third period is when the Hens offense opened up the ice, and pressured the Hawks in their end of the ice for the majority of the final frame. With 13:30 in the game remaining, Trevor Richmond found the net from Joe Bastone and Ben Salzer. One minute later Gunderson scored for his hat trick with the lone assist coming from Matt Gumina, and Ben Salzer from Kei Toeda finding the net two minutes after that.
This marked a truly historic game for the DII Hens as they win their first game in program history. This weekend the DII Hens travel to Laurel, MD for a game with the Southeast Regional Finalist Univ. of Maryland on friday, and trevel to Philadelphia for a game against UPenn on saturday night. Come out and support the Hens as they go for victory!