FOXBORO, Mass. - First-year defenseman Andrew Olevitz (Winthrop, Mass./Northern Cyclones) scored his first college goal 36 seconds into overtime, lifting the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team over Stonehill College, 4-3, on Tuesday evening at Foxboro Sports Center. The Purple Knights improved to 4-3-1 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference while moving back into first place, vaulting the Skyhawks, who had been tied for the top spot and are now 4-5-1 and 2-2-1. The Purple Knights improved to 12-2-1 on Stonehill's home ice since 1995 while moving to 4-1-1 against the Skyhawks since 2014.
Olevitz was joined by first-year Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG) in potting their first career goals, with Muller adding an assist for a two-point evening. Seniors Keegan Finn (Yarmouth, Mass./Bay State Breakers) and Eric Salzillo (Johnston, R.I./Boston Bandits) also scored while going 8-for-15 and 10-for-16 on faceoffs, respectively.
Junior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) lent two assists and was 7-of-14 at the dot, while first-year Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) finished 6-of-9 on draws while dishing off an assist on Muller's tying third-period marker. Junior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) made 20 saves while tying Andy Joy '05 for 12th in program history with 15 career wins.
Sophomore Cameron Wright played a hand in every Stonehill goal, scoring one and assisting two. Junior Shamus Maloney turned in a goal and an assist, and first-year Sean Conley also scored. Junior William Palmer made 44 saves.
On the only shot of overtime, Olevitz roofed his winner on a one-timer from the slot after senior Sam Finkelstein (South Burlington, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) dug the puck from the right corner and sent a pass. D'Antuono registered the secondary assist.
The Purple Knights forged a 2-0 lead by 10:48 of the first period thanks to two goals in 1:40. After a Skyhawk batted a loose puck out of the air and behind his own net around the nine-minute mark, Salzillo slid a pass from behind the cage into the slot for D'Antuono, who had a shot turned aside, but Salzillo found the rebound high in the right circle, spun and fired home the initial goal at 9:08. During a power play, Finn added to the lead at 10:48 by scoring just inside the right post from the right circle. Muller and first-year Matt McGlynn (Walpole, Mass./New Hampton School) assisted.
Stonehill got on the board at 12:17. After a scramble out front left Johnson prone, a Purple Knight tried clearing the zone, but Conley skated onto the loose puck at the right circle and shot past the downed netminder. The Skyhawks netted the only two goals of the second period, both coming on power plays 1:48 apart. Maloney tied the game on a wrist shot from the left point at 16:36 before a failed clear led to senior Brendan White making a pass from the right circle across the goal mouth to the left circle for Wright, who one-timed the go-ahead tally at 18:24.
Saint Michael's held a 17-2 advantage in third-period shots, aided greatly by three power plays, and Muller tied the contest after 2:30 by one-timing home a shot from the left circle after Flack skated down the right boards and sent a pass from behind the net. Senior Nathan Foice (Essex, Vt./The Winchendon School) also assisted. During a power play late in regulation, Salzillo ripped a shot from the right circle that was turned away by Palmer, and two more Purple Knights had shots denied in the final 40 seconds, necessitating overtime.
The Purple and Gold closes the semester with two home contests this weekend, first with another NE10 outing against Southern New Hampshire University on Friday at 7:05 p.m.