Hobart was in control the entire game taking a commanding 5-1 lead in the first quarter. The game was lopsided in every area of the game except for goaltending. The only reason Lehigh had so many goals was due to a poor showing in net by senoir goalie James Murtha. In fact, if the goal-tending today was any indicator of how far Hobart can go in the post-season, don't expect any miracles. The scouting report today would've read, "just shoot the ball". Hobart, however, is solid every where else and have good talent on offense. Jaimie Breslin tallied six goals for Hobart with right and left handed shots from far away and inside. Kevin DeWall and Spencer Niebuhr showed power from outside with blistering shots while Jared Bebee was the set-up man with four assists. The defense mishandled the ball several times, but they did a great job on Lehigh's offense. The Mountain Hawks were running scared on offense and played hot potato with the ball as nobody wanted it. Players wound up going to the goal because there was no one to pass to and they were being beaten by a defenseman. The only problem for Hobart is that of the eleven goals they let up, most of them were from the restraining line or shot by players who were off balance. They got away with it today, but something needs to change in net for the play-offs. Lehigh's all star defense was humbled today as well. Lehigh Goaltender Schreiner played well, but he was facing shots from right off the crease or from players who were only 12 yards away with time to wind up. Tim Gosser, who is normally excellent, also didn't have a good day.
Hobart jumped all over Lehigh early scoring on their first three shots. First, Jared Bebee took a cross crease pass about ten yards out and ripped a right hander in the upper right at 14:32. Only moments later at 14:10, Spencer Niebuhr launched a worm-burner past Schreiner. Later, at 12:49 Jamie Breslin stuck for his first of six, 3-0. At 12:04 Lehigh was given a chance to come back on a man-up resulting from a push from behind. they didn't get off a shot and the scoring slowed down for a bit. Then with less than five minutes to go, Breslin capatalized on a broken clear, 4-0. Hernan Zapata finally broke the ice for Lehigh when he bounced through a couple of Hobart defenders before beating Murtha five hole. Breslin added another before the end of the quarter to make it 5-1.
Hobart went man-up early in the second and proceeded to attack. They put one off the pipe, then Schreiner made a nice save, but the rebound was buried. Schreiner should've known at that point that it would be a long day. Any time your pipe gets one, you get another, and they still score you know you're in trouble. And he was as Hobart added another two to go up 8-1. Lehigh did fight back, however, and scored the next four goals. Christian Castellani struck for two and David Cohen and Doug McKerns had the others. The nicest of the four was a flip play made by Scott Reynolds in which he faked the flip and kept it fooling the defense. That led to a couple of slides so he hit Castellani who was wide open for the score. Hobart had enough and tallied the next three to go into the half up 11-5.
Lehigh got the first of the second half on a man-up play, but the game was over. Hobart was doing whatever they wanted on offense and Lehigh was in complete disarray all over the field. The defense was weak and the offense continued to run scared. The highlights were Hobart defenseman Chris Rogers throwing a nice kayak check to dislodge the ball and later in the game throwing a behind the back pass that was successful in transition. A little over half way through the third quarte something happened that summed up the whole day. Schreiner, a damn good goalie, was backing up as a fast break approached. Hobart moved the ball all over to the point that Schreiner lost his balance and fell deep into his own net. He managed not to get to tangled up and crawled back out, but that was the epitomey of Lehigh's day.