By Jack Loennecker
The William Paterson University hockey team is heading into the middle of November on a tear.
The Pioneers are currently 9-1-2, and No. 2 in the Northeast region of the ACHA after wins against Univerity of Massachusetts Amherst, Merrimack College, Central Connecticut State University and New York State University.
Leading the Pioneers in points is forward D.J. Sabato with twenty two (fifteen goals and
seven assists), followed by forwards James Karp with nineteen (six goals and thirteen assists) and James Bobb with thirteen (eight goals and five assists).
In an Oct. 14 tie with Montclair State, Pioneers netminder Gary Schoeppler returned to action after suffering a pre-season ankle sprain.
Shoeppler, a 24-year-old senior from Closter, N.J., stopped 22 of 23 shots against the Redhawks.
“I can’t even put into words how happy I am to be back in,” Schoeppler said, confident the Pioneers are built for the playoffs.
Schoeppler is 2-0-2, with wins against Merrimack and New York State University, and ties against Northeastern and Montclair State.
Also returning to the lineup from an injury was freshman Tommy Bauer, who suffered a concussion earlier in the year.
The freshman from Fords, N.J., has four goals and five assists and scored the first goal of his college career in an eight to three win against Merrimack.
The Pioneers play next on Friday, Nov. 18, against Sienna.
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