Men’s Hockey: St. Mike’s Tops SNHU, Middlebury Falls at Trinity

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HOOKSETT, NH. –– The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team scored three goals in the third period to beat Southern New Hampshire University, 3-0, on Friday night at the Ice Den in a Northeast-10 Conference game. The win puts the Purple Knights into first place in the NE10, one point ahead of Assumption College.

· Saint Michael’s (13-8-2, 9-5-1 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (9-10, 7-5 NE10)

· Junior Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael’s Buzzers), 1 goal, +2
· Junior Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers), 1 goal, 2 blocks
· Junior Andrew Olevitz (Winthrop, Mass./Northern Cyclones), 1 goal
· Senior Hadan Jordan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Boston Bandits), 1 assist
· Junior Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express), 1 assist, 12-for-23
· Junior Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy), 1 assist, +2
· Sophomore Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy), 1 assist
· Senior William Santangeli (Oakville, Ontario/Saint Mark’s School), 10-for-15 faceoffs
· First-year Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express), 9-for-14 faceoffs
· Senior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School), 31 saves

· Sophomore JT Kossakowski, 31 saves

· Decker moves into a tie with Dave Donzanti ’15 for first in program history in career shutouts and he passed Andy Joy ’05 (1,279) for ninth in career saves (1,300).
· This was Decker’s 10th win this year, making him the first Purple Knight to reach double-digit wins in a season since Tyler Bilton ’09 did so in the 2008-09 season.
· The Purple Knights hold a 40-23-6 all-time advantage over Southern New Hampshire.
· Foster extended his point streak to six games, recording seven points in that span.

· With 2:10 gone in the first period, Santangeli found space in front of the net and shot to the top left corner, but Kossakowski made a glove save to deny the early Purple Knight opportunity.
· The Penmen had a scoring chance 18 seconds left in the period when sophomore Travis Quigley had a breakaway and beat Decker, but his shot went just wide of the net keeping the two teams tied.
· On a Saint Michael’s power-play, with 5:37 gone in the second period a shot by McAuliffe from the blue line was batted down by Kossakowski, who then covered up the rebound with a Purple Knight crashing the net.
· On a Southern New Hampshire power-play, junior Tyler Dorval (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) blocked a shot and Decker made a save 10:40 into the period on a shot by Fiorino to kill the penalty successfully.
· The Purple Knights broke through 9:44 into the period when a shot by Egan from the blue line was blocked, but Flack knocked in the rebound, giving Saint Michael’s the lead.
· The Purple Knights extended the lead with 18:23 gone after McAuliffe started a 2-on-1 and passed to Narby, who beat Kossakowski with a backhanded shot to the top part of the net.
· Olevitz scored the final Purple Knight goal 18:49 into the period after Foster won a faceoff in the neutral zone and Olevitz’s long shot went into the empty net.

· Saturday at Southern New Hampshire, 3:20 p.m.

HARTFORD, CT. — The Middlebury men’s hockey team (7-9-3, 5-5-3) suffered a 6-2 loss at #9 Trinity (13-5-1, 8-4-1) on Friday evening. The Panthers are back in action on Saturday when they head to Wesleyan for a 3:00 p.m. puck drop.

Middlebury had a great opportunity to get on the board during a power play beginning at the 2:38 mark, but back-to-back shots by Bret Pastor were denied by Trinity netminder Teddy Loughborough. The Bantams opened the scoring with 5:24 expired when Barclay Gammill’s shot from the left faceoff circle eluded Panther goalie Jake Horoho glove-side for the 1-0 edge. Trinity looked to double its lead at the 9:12 mark, but Gammill’s bid hit the crossbar and careened away.

Middlebury found the equalizer with 13:00 expired in the opening stanza. Conor Breen dumped the puck back to Billy Dobenski in the high slot, before Dobenski’s shot through traffic snuck past Loughborough, making it 1-1. The Bantams responded one minute later when Taggart Corriveau one-timed a pass on the doorstep to give the hosts a 2-1 edge.

Trinity increased the advantage to 3-1 1:25 into the middle frame. An initial shot by Andrew Troy just inside the blue line was denied by Middlebury’s Horoho, but Gammell was there to one-time the rebound into the net for his second tally of the game. The Panthers cut the deficit to one at the 16:53 mark after Owen Powers intercepted a pass in transition. Pastor connected with Powers’ pass, before finding the back of the net stick-side to make it 3-2. The Bantams answered with 1:05 remaining in the second period. An initial shot by James Callahan was denied by Horoho, but Riley Prattson was there to one-time the loose puck into the net for the 4-2 lead heading into intermission.

Trinity tallied a pair of third period goals, including a power play tally, to make it a 6-2 final.

Middlebury’s Horoho stopped 23 shots in goal. Loughborough made 18 saves during the first 26:37, while Jonah Capriotti denied 13-14 shots in the final 33:23. The Panthers held a 34-29 advantage in shots.