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2009-10 Men's Ice Hockey Season
Columbia Men's Ice Hockey is a Division III program that competes in the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference. We participate in a 16 game regular season running from October through February against various collegiate teams around the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

The team, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students, has become increasingly competitive over the last several seasons and we are always interested in hearing from highly skilled players interested in joining the team.

Men's Ice Hockey Loses In A Championship Heart-breaker

Feb. 21, 2010

Rye, NY - Mirek Martincik had a coming-out party with 5 goals against the Spartans to lead Columbia to a 12-6 victory and a ticket to the championship game. Playing against Fordham University for the title, the Lions came within 5:11 of their first championship in a history that dates back to their first game 114 years ago in 1896.

Over 150 fans were in attendance for the semifinal and the Lions did not disappoint those looking to be entertained. Columbia (11-7-0) scored 12 goals against a St. Thomas squad that only gave up 55 goals the entire season. The Waters-Martincik-Amaniera line combined for 17 points (8-9-17) in the game. Mirko Palla also had a strong game with 5 points (2-3-5). Columbia outscored St. Thomas 2-1 in the first and 3-1 in the second before scoring 7 goals in the third.

The championship was a much tighter contest with one goal being the difference maker. Fordham opened the scoring 28 seconds into the game on a goal by Kevin Baum off a turnover just inside the Columbia blue line. Columbia answered with 3 goals by Waters, Chang, and Amaniera to take a 3-1 lead after one period.

Kevin Baum scored again for the Rams to cut the Columbia lead, 3-2. The Lions would get an opportunity to regain the two-goal lead when Conor O'Brien was called for holding 14:02 into the second period. Mirko Palla ripped a slap shot from the point that was partially stopped by Pete Marion before Julian Osterwalder found the puck in the crease with one hand on his stick to chip it over the goal line.

Down by two goals to start the third, Fordham came out with high energy to tie the game, 4-4, with 6:46 left in the game against a tired Columbia bench. Fordham dressed 21 skaters for the game; Columbia, only 13.

"I could sense the gas tanks were running low. I felt tired just watching them trying to hold on", said head coach Samuel Kim. Moments later, Mirko Palla regained the lead for Columbia with 5:11 remaining on the clock. Palla carried the puck through the neutral zone and fired a shot from just outside the Fordham blue line that would beat Pete Marion just inside the post low to the stick side.

Despite the emotional efforts by Columbia, Fordham stormed back with 2 goals in a span of 56 seconds to take the lead 6-5 with 3:33 remaining in the game. The Lions pulled Chris George for an extra skater in an attempt to tie the game with under a minute remaining, but the Rams would hold on for their second MCHC title in 5 years.

"I can't say enough about this team and how proud I am to have been their coach. It didn't end the way we would have hoped, but they taught me something about what it means to give it all you've got even when things just aren't going your way. I hope they learned something about themselves this season and keep those lessons with them wherever they go."

Game Notes: The senior class compiled a record of 13-32-2 over the three years prior to this season and finished the 2010 season 11-7-0 (.611) under Coach Kim's first year with the team ... Richard Lenz was credited with a an assist in the semifinal, his first point of the season ... Joe Johns recorded a goal and an assist against St. Thomas ... Columbia went 4-14 on the power play and killed off 8 of 12 penalties in the tournament.

2009-2010 Season
The Men's Ice Hockey Team meets twice a week for practice, one off-ice and one on-ice. The team also has 1-2 games per weekend, usually a home and/or away, depending on the league schedule. On-ice practices are held on Thursday nights at the Ice House in Hackensack. All home games are also played at the Ice House. See the Schedule for further information.