Purple Knights Tally Eight Times in Victory over Franklin Pierce

Purple Knights Tally Eight Times in Victory over Franklin Pierce

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) and sophomore Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) each tallied two goals in the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team's 8-2 win over Franklin Pierce University during Friday's Northeast-10 Conference game at Cairns Arena.        

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-3-1, 1-1-1 NE10), Franklin Pierce (3-2, 1-1 NE10) 

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School), 2 goals, 3 blocks
  • Sophomore Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers), 2 goals
  • Sophomore Andrew Olevitz (Winthrop, Mass./Northern Cyclones), 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express), 2 assists
  • Sophomore Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School), 2 assists
  • First-year Colin O'Connor (North Haven, Conn./Connecticut RoughRiders), 2 assists (1st career)
  • Senior Jack Ouellette (Arlington, Mass./Dexter School), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards), 1 goal
  • Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School), 28 saves 

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior James Morrissey, 1 goal, 12-for-16 on faceoffs
  • First-year Anthony Nikolopoulos, 1 goal
  • Sophomore Ian Wallace, 18 saves in 30:24
  • First-year Kyle Martin, 13 saves in 22:32 of relief
  • First-year Adam Carman, 3 saves in 7:04 of relief

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights have an 18-2 record against the Ravens since their first meeting on Jan. 4, 2003.
  • The Purple Knights went 3-for-8 on the power play, while the Ravens went 1-for-6. The Purple Knights outshot the Ravens 42-30 and held a 37-35 advantage in faceoffs.
  • In its most recent game, Franklin Pierce had defeated defending NE10 Championship titlist Saint Anselm College, 5-3.
  • Most goals the Purple Knights have scored since Feb. 10 when they defeated Post University, 8-1.
  • Mitchell sits tied for first in points in the NE10 with six.

THE ACTION

  • The Ravens opened the scoring 3:13 into the first period when junior Matthew Toombs and Morrissey took a 2-on-1 into the Purple Knights' zone and connected on a short pass in front of the crease that Morrissey wristed home into the top right corner.
  • The Purple Knights responded 1:17 later as Olevitz picked up a loose puck along the boards in the neutral zone, danced around a defender, and sniped a shot into the top right corner from the slot.
  • With 16:29 off the clock in the first period and in transition off the penalty kill, Foster carried the puck through the neutral zone and dumped a pass to Flack, who backhanded a shot under Wallace's arm to make it 2-1.
  • 2:50 into the second period the Purple Knights extended the lead to 3-1 on a power-play goal from Ouellette, who snapped a wrist shot from the blue line into the top left corner off a pass from senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs).
  • Flack added his second goal of the game at the 5:11 mark, receiving a pass from Olevitz in transition near the blue line and bouncing a pass from the right circle off a Raven defender's skate and between Wallace's legs from the right circle for a power-play goal.
  • Muller tallied the Purple Knights' fifth goal at 10:24 in the second, shoveling in sophomore Paul McAuliffe's (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) saved initial shot from the slot.
  • The Ravens had a chance six minutes into the third when Nikolopoulos, Toombs, and senior Jack Williams all had a chance on net from right in front, but were each denied by a sprawling Decker.
  • The Purple and Gold made it 6-1 at the 9:27 mark when Mitchell grabbed the puck off a save by Decker, skated the length of the ice and dumped it behind him to D'Antuono, who roofed a shot from the edge of the right circle.
  • Stewart tallied the next goal for the Purple Knights at 12:56, potting a shot bar down over Martin's left shoulder, while D'Antuono registered a short-handed, 5-on-3 goal on a breakaway at the 15:10 mark for the final Purple Knight goal.
  • The Ravens tallied the final goal of the game on a power play as Nikolopoulos buried a pass from sophomore Paul Antkowiak.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday vs. State University of New York at Canton, 4 p.m.