NEWPORT, R.I. – Three former Salve Regina University men's ice hockey players are contributing at the professional level. John Scorica '15, Peter Gintoli '16, and Alex Pompeo '16 are all playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
Scoria graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer in 2015. In 99 games as a Seahawk he posted 40 goals, a program record 65 assists for 105 total points. Scoria used three goals and three assists versus Johnson & Wales in a playoff semi-final to pass Billy Baker's mark of 101 career points from 1999-2002.
Currently Scorcia plays for the Evansville Thunderbolts after spending the 2015-16 season with the Danbury Titans. Scorcia posted 26 goals and 70 assists with the Titans last season in Federal Hockey League (FHL) before coming to the Thunderbolts.
Gintoli led the Seahawks in scoring last season, posting seven goals and 15 assists. For his career with the Seahawks, Gintoli ranks sixth on the all-time scoring list, with 82 points (35 goals, 47 assists) in four seasons. After graduating in the spring with a business degree Gintoli joined the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, a newly formed SPHL team, for their inaugural season. Gintoli has also competed on the world stage at the Deaflympics, scoring a goal in team USA's 6-5 victory over Finland to claim a bronze medal in 2015.
Pompeo played two seasons with Salve Regina after transferring from Southern Maine University. Pompeo led the Seahawks defenseman in scoring in both seasons, and netted an empty-net goal to seal a 4-0 win in the ECAC Northeast Championship game over Endicott College on March 5, 2016. Pompeo totaled 13 goals and 26 assists in 53 games as a Seahawk.
Pompeo joined the Columbus Cottonmouths after finishing his career with the Seahawks, appearing in 10 games for the team at the end of the 2015-16 season. He scored twice and added six assists in those games. So far this season Pompeo has notched two assists through two games for the Cottonmouths.
"Myself and the entire Salve Hockey community is very excited for them," said Salve Regina head coach Andy Boschetto. "They put in a lot of time and effort while they were here to get better every day, they were impact guys for us. It's exciting to have three Salve Regina alumni playing professional hockey and I think it's set the tone for where our program has come and where we are going. Guys that are here now want to play professional hockey some day and they can see that that dream is possible after college."
The Seahawks had the best season in program history in 2015-16, going 17-11-1 and claiming the programs first ECAC Northeast Championship. The team begins their 2016-17 campaign at home Friday night versus Manhattanville at 7:35 p.m.