Men's Ice Hockey Scores Three in Third Period, Beats Southern New Hampshire, 3-0

Men's Ice Hockey Scores Three in Third Period, Beats Southern New Hampshire, 3-0

HOOKSETT, N.H. - 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.

RECORDS

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

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • 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
  • Junior Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express), 1 assist, 12-for-23 faceoffs
  • Junior Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy), 1 assist, +2
  • Junior Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards), 1 assist
  • 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

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore JT Kossakowski, 31 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Decker moves into a tie with Dave Donzanti '15 for first in program history in career shutouts (4), 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.

THE ACTION

  • 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 with 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 to kill the penalty successfully.
  • The Purple Knights broke through 9:44 into the third 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 26 seconds later after Foster won a faceoff in the neutral zone and Olevitz's long shot went into the empty net.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

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