BRIGHTON, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team moved back into a tie for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference by drawing Stonehill College, 3-3, on Saturday evening in the Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins' practice facility. The Purple Knights are tied with Saint Anselm College atop the NE10 standings.
In what was scheduled to be the opener of a two-game weekend set, Sunday's contest has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date due to impending winter weather.
- Saint Michael's (4-10-3, 4-2-2 NE10), Stonehill (4-10-1, 1-6-1 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express), 1 goal, 1 assist, 8-for-18 faceoffs, 2 blocks
- Sophomore Zach Sullivan (Weymouth, Mass./Walpole Express), 1 goal
- First-year Andy Ide (Barrington, R.I./Cushing Academy), 1 goal
- Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School), 39 saves (career high)
- Sophomore Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Jr. Rangers, 3 blocks
- Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School), 24-for-42 faceoffs
- Senior Shamus Maloney, 1 goal, 1 assist
- Junior Cameron Wright, 1 goal, 1 assist
- Sophomore Kayser Rei, 1 goal
- First-year Chase McKay, 41 saves
- Saint Michael's held a 44-42 edge in shots and a 47-38 advantage in faceoffs.
- The Purple Knights are now 33-17-2 in the series, including 5-1-1 since January 2017.
- Five of the past six meetings in Massachusetts were decided by one goal, with four going to overtime.
- Eight of the Purple Knights' last 10 games against NE10 opponents have been decided by one goal or less.
- Saint Michael's has advanced to overtime four times in its last eight games, and six times overall this season.
- Sullivan netted his third goal in the last three games.
- Stonehill held a 12-11 edge in first-period shots during a scoreless stanza, while D'Antuono had the closest call to a goal, hitting the post with 11:37 gone.
- Sullivan broke the deadlock at 12:06 of the second period, with Foster passing from behind the net during a power play before Sullivan slipped a shot from the slot off the left post and in.
- The teams combined for five goals in the third period, with three via special teams.
- Rei found the equalizer with 1:33 gone on a power play, as junior Jack Hall's slap shot from the slot hit the back wall and took a bounce out front to Wright, who slid the puck to an open Rei at the left post.
- Wright converted another power-play chance at 7:51, one-timing home Rei's pass into the right circle over Decker's right shoulder.
- The teams were tied again just 34 seconds later. First-year Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) made a move at the blue line and drove the net before having a shot denied, but Ide followed the play and knocked in the rebound.
- With the Purple Knights on a penalty kill in the waning minutes of regulation, Foster blocked a pass just outside his blue line before collecting, skating in alone on McKay and going five-hole at 17:24 for the shorthanded tally.
- Stonehill drew even 1:18 later, with sophomore Sean Conley's initial shot from the blue line stopped by Purple Knight bodies in the right circle, but first-year Charles Page corralled the rebound and slipped a quick pass into the slot for Maloney, who found the left side of the net with 1:18 remaining in regulation.
- D'Antuono's shot from outside the blue line in the closing seconds was paddled away by McKay, and the teams headed to overtime.
- Saint Michael's held a 4-1 edge on shots in the extra session, with Stonehill's lone attempt off the stick of Page necessitated Decker making a blocker save at 2:55. Page again narrowly missed picking the upper left corner with 30 seconds left.
- Narby tried dropping a pass into the right circle for sophomore Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) in the final 15 seconds, but the puck was knocked away by a Skyhawk to finish the final scoring chance.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Friday vs. Southern New Hampshire University, 7 p.m.
- The Purple Knights will work in conjunction with Hope Happens Here to hold a Mental Health Awareness Game and honor 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award winners Danny Divis '17 and Justin McKenzie '17.