Maloney scores his eighth goal of the season
Wright notches his seventh assist of the season
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (January 20, 2018) – The Stonehill College ice hockey team was outshot 45-22, as Saint Michael's College secured the three-game series with a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Stonehill (5-11-1, 3-5-1 NE10) saw Shamus Maloney (North Attleboro, Massachusetts/Neponset River Valley Rats) register his eighth goal of the season, while Cameron Wright (West Dummerston, Vermont/Springfield Pics – USPHL Premier) and Jack Hall (Shelburne, Vermont/Proctor Academy) each chipped in their seventh and second assists, respectively.
Saint Michael's (9-7-1, 6-3-0 NE10) saw Sam D'Antuono tally two goals, while Jack Ouellette and Hadan Jordan also notched one goal each. Eric Salzillo registered two assists in the victory, while Nathan Foice, William Santangeli, Cameron Stewart, and Nic Hermary all registered one helper each. Goaltender Chris Johnson stopped 21 saves in his fourth victory of the year.
At the end of the first period, both teams were evenly matched, as Saint Michael's just outshot the Skyhawks 12-8. The Purple Knights went 0-for-3 on power play opportunities, while the Skyhawks were 0-for-1.
Late in the second period, Saint Michael's took an early 1-0 lead, with a tip in from Jordan at the right post from Salzillo's cross from the left side. The Purple Knights were able to string together three shots prior to the goal, as they capitalized on Stonehill's short handed opportunity at 17:26.
Hall chipped in his second helper of the season
Maloney netted the equalizer at 6:33 in the third period after a shot by Michael Seibold (Reading, Massachusetts/Williston Northampton), as Wright and Hall sent passes through the defense for a shot from the left circle trickling past the goaltender, 1-1. The Purple Knights would not let up, as D'Antuono sent one at Billy Palmer (Cranston, Rhode Island/Boston Bandits –EHL Premier) who was able to stop the shot, but D'Antuono would follow up by finding the back of the cage at 10:51 with helpers from Hermary and Santangeli. Twenty-one seconds before Saint Michael's power play was up, Ouellette sent a shot to the high slot from inside the blue line for the Purple Knights' second power play goal of the game, 3-1, at 16:01. The Skyhawks tried to fight back as they held a 6-3 shot advantage after pulling Palmer for an extra skater and Saint Michael's D'Antuono picked off a pass at center ice and sent the dish to the open net at 19:39 for a 4-1 lead.
On top of shot advantage, Saint Michael's won 40 of the 69 faceoffs, but Stonehill held a slight advantage in blocking shots, 19-18. The Purple Knights capitalized on 2-of-9 power plays, while the Skyhawks were unsuccessful in power plays, 0-for-5.
Stonehill returns to Foxboro Sports Center for a two-game series against Post University on Friday, January 26 with a puck drop at 7:20 p.m. and Saturday, January 27 with a faceoff at 5:10 p.m.
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