University of Delaware is seeing pink

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Sophomore Kyle Curley (left) and Junior Vincent Pontrello (right) with the special pink jerseys that were auctioned off during the game. (Candice Monhollan)

Sophomore Kyle Curley (left) and Junior Vincent Pontrello (right) with the special pink jerseys that were auctioned off during the game. (Candice Monhollan)

Fred Rust Ice Arena in Newark, Del. was painted pink Saturday night as the University of Delaware’s Fighting Blue Hens donned special jerseys to help battle breast cancer. The Blue Hens were unable to deliver a win to the large crowd as they fell, 3-1, to the No. 15-ranked Liberty University.

The Blue Hens faced Liberty University the previous night and skated away with a decisive 8-0 victory, but this time the Blue Hens took their foot off the gas and allowed Liberty University to dictate how the game would finish.

“It’s a little frustrating,” said Delaware head coach M.F. Schurman. “We came out with the attitude that we didn’t have to work to win and we basically got the outcome that we deserved. We didn’t work hard enough.

“We weren’t physical enough. We didn’t play well defensively in our end. We had scoring opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on”

Schurman felt the Blue Hens played as individuals instead of as a team, a statement which captain Brandon Weiner affirmed as well.

“It’s been an issue with our team,” Weiner said. “Our highs are too high and are lows are too low. We just took them easy tonight and then couldn’t turn it on in the second and third.”

Weiner was the lone goal scorer for the Blue Hens, who were 25-3-0(T)-1(SOL)-1(OTL) entering the game. His goal wasn’t enough as Liberty University put three in past Delaware goaltender SJ Broadt from Rick Turner, Mike Morrison and Andrew McCombe.

“We had different uniforms and more people came out and, especially on your home ice, you want to play well and give it everything you’ve got and try to win it,” said defenseman David Conte.

The pink jerseys were for the”Paint the Rink Pink” event and during the game the Delaware Hockey Booster Club held a silent auction for the game-worn jerseys and also raffled off various other items. All proceeds raised go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Though they weren't auctioned off, the referees also joined in with pink uniforms. (Candice Monhollan)

Though they weren’t auctioned off, the referees also joined in with pink uniforms. (Candice Monhollan)

The crowd celebrated the spirit of the event as both men and women alike wore pink items from scarfs and ribbons to shirts and jackets.

The players covered themselves for the event as they wore pink socks and laces along with the jerseys, while others taped their sticks to match. Even the referees took part with their uniforms.

“It’s definitely awesome,” Conte said. “A lot of teams in the league do pink and we went a little different. Usually everybody goes all pink but we were able to get our actually colors in it and make it look nice. They were great.”

The Blue Hens aren’t the only ones raising cancer awareness during the season. The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) has been a key force in the battle.

“The ACHA as an organization has taken cancer on as a promotion for this year,” said Schurman. “All the teams in all the ACHA – there’s Divisions I, II and III in mens and I and II in womens and between 500 and 600 teams across the country – on all those levels, all of them are doing something for cancer research this year.”

The University of Delaware are members of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL).

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