Tartans hockey an up-and-coming success

Sophomore second-line center Mike Purowitz prepares for a face-off against the California University Vulcans. (credit: Bryn Loeffler/) Sophomore second-line center Mike Purowitz prepares for a face-off against the California University Vulcans. (credit: Bryn Loeffler/)

Despite the lack of varsity hockey at Carnegie Mellon, the Tartans do take the ice as a club team. After a very promising season in 2010–11, with the Tartans making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the team has continued to build on that success in the beginning of the 2011–12 season.

At a record of 4–0–2, the Tartans have recorded 10 points of a possible 12. The Tartans split their two games this weekend, beating Case Western Reserve University and falling to California University of Pennsylvania.

On Friday, Oct. 14, the Tartans faced the Spartans of Case Western as the visiting team. When the buzzer sounded after three periods, the Tartans were victorious, 3–1.

First-year goaltender Gilbert Xue was the superstar in this match with 28 saves. The Tartans’ three goals came from senior captain and first-line center Chaten Boscha, junior first-line left winger Andrew McCoy, and senior first-line right winger Ephraim Hathaway.

On Saturday the Tartans took on the California University Vulcans at home. The first period was scoreless. Boscha scored early in the second period, but five minutes later, the Vulcans tied the game with a goal of their own.

Neither team would score again until late in the third period. With only a minute and 20 seconds left in the game, the Vulcans found the back of the net to take a 2–1 lead. With just seven seconds remaining, Boscha scored the clutch goal that sent the game into overtime. The five minutes of overtime were scoreless, so this one went to a shootout. The Tartans did not score, while the Vulcans scored twice to secure the overtime victory.

The Tartans were plagued with injuries, and after sophomore defenseman Kevin Fulton was ejected for a game misconduct — where he checked an opponent whose head was down — the Tartans only had two healthy defenders left.

“We battled through injuries, forwards switched back to defense, [senior goaltender] Torrey [Brenner] was unbelievable, and everyone gave everything they had,” said sophomore second-line center Mike Purowitz.

This hot start by the Tartans is a good sign for their goal to achieve a playoff berth for the second consecutive year. The players, however, are looking to do more than just make the playoffs.

Boscha spoke on the team’s goals this season. “We’ve started the season 4–0–2, which is the team’s best start in 14 years. But I think I speak for the entire team when I say we will be happy with nothing less than a championship.”