Men's Ice Hockey Pushes Past Stonehill to Claim Fourth in NE10 with One Game Left

Men's Ice Hockey Pushes Past Stonehill to Claim Fourth in NE10 with One Game Left

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey seniors Tyler Dorval (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) and first-year Brennan McFarland (Greeley, Colo./Northern Colorado Eagles) combined for 10 points in a 7-2 win over Stonehill College on Friday evening during Northeast-10 Conference play at the Bridgewater Ice Arena.

The Purple Knights leapfrogged idle Post University, which has concluded its regular season, to take over fourth place in the league. With a win or tie at Stonehill in its regular-season finale on Saturday, the Purple and Gold locks down no worse than the fourth seed in the NE10 Championship and a home first-round contest.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (7-12, 7-8 NE10), Stonehill (5-16-2, 2-10-2 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Narby, 4 assists
  • Dorval, 2 goals, 1 assist, +3
  • McFarland, 3 assists
  • First-year Case Kantgias (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Northern Colorado Eagles), 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards), 1 goal
  • Junior Owen Rudicus (Duxbury, Mass./Tabor Academy), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Zach Taylor (Hanover, Mass./North Shore Kings), 1 goal
  • First-year David Ciancio (Scituate, R.I./Seahawks Hockey Club), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Marshall Murphy (Little Canada, Minn./Northern Colorado Eagles), 16 saves
  • Junior Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express), 1 assist, 7-for-9 faceoffs
  • Senior Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers), 9-for-13 faceoffs

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Brendan Nehmer, 1 goal
  • Sophomore Ryan King, 1 goal
  • First-year Gavin FitzPatrick, 23 saves in 49:34
  • Junior John Day, 3 saves in 10:26 of relief

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights are 5-3 since a 2-9 start, all within NE10 play. Saint Michael's scored at least seven goals for the fourth time in that eight-game stretch.
  • The Purple and Gold held a sizable lead in shots (33-18) while trimming the hosts in faceoff wins, 32-27.
  • Saint Michael's finished 3-for-4 on power plays and netted a pair of shorthanded goals.
  • Six of the past seven meetings between the two schools had been decided by one goal or less.

THE ACTION

  • Following a 10-day layoff, the Purple Knights were held scoreless until late in the first period, but went ahead on Kantgias' power-play goal at 18:20, as he fired a one-timer from the left circle off of Narby's pass. McFarland also assisted. That was the first of seven goals in a 29:12 stretch.
  • Dorval put home a loose puck near the right post at 8:14 of the second to make it 2-0, with Schreiner and sophomore Gabriel Gagnon (Mascouche, Quebec/East Coast Wizards) picking up helpers.
  • King cut into the deficit just 51 seconds later, tallying from the slot during a 5-on-3 opportunity.
  • Murphy made three saves to help Saint Michael's salt away a five-minute major in the middle of the period, and another Purple Knight later went to the box, but Rudicus potted a shorthanded goal at 17:57 after a giveaway in neutral ice. Dorval and Narby assisted.
  • Just 56 seconds later, Ciancio scored from the right circle off of a pass from McFarland. Narby also assisted.
  • Taylor struck for a power-play goal 1:30 into the third period, pounding home a rebound from the slot following McFarland's initial shot being saved. Senior Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) lent the secondary helper, as his team capped a 3:33 stretch during which it scored three times.
  • Nehmer slipped a shot through Murphy at 2:13 off of a rebound, but Dorval countered at 3:48 with the Purple Knights' second shorthanded goal, poking a puck away at his own blue line before streaking in alone on FitzPatrick, making it 6-2.
  • Stewart tallied from the left circle on a power play at 7:32 following Narby's feed to complete the offensive outburst. Kantgias added an assist.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Stonehill, 4:30 p.m.