April 6, 2013

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No. 2 Adelphi Wins OT Thriller Against No. 5 Le Moyne

from press release

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - No. 2 Adelphi went on a six-goal run that spanned three periods, but needed an extra 1:59 in overtime to defeat No. 5 Le Moyne. Thanks to the heroics of Nick Watson and Kevin Kennedy, the Brown and Gold came away with the 10-9 victory to extend their win streak to eight and better the school record for the best start by any team in program history.

With the win, the Panthers remain undefeated at 8-0 and 6-0 in the NE-10 while the Dolphins drop to 8-2 and 5-2 in the conference.

Watson's only point of the day came when it mattered the most in overtime as he netted the game-winner. Ikerson Hopper and Brian Prendergast accounted for a goal and one assist each while Patrick Starke and Joe Celano found the back of the net a combined four times. Joseph Sciara, Jamie McAndrew, and Cory Stavis capped the Panther scoring contingent while Kennedy, Nick Olson and Tyler Felice-Jennings were credited with one assist each to cap the point earners.

On defense, Sciara led the Brown and Gold with seven ground balls while Kennedy and Gregory Puskuldjian each picked up six. Rashad Cureton and Puskuldjain combined for 17 faceoff wins on 22 attempts.

In goal, Eric Janssen played the first two quarters and recorded three saves while allowing four goals. Teammate Aidan Bennardo picked up the win, playing the second half and the overtime period while making three saves and let up five goals.

For the Dolphins, Tyler Prevost and Kam Bumpus each recorded three points behind two goals and one assist while Joe Corapi, Nate Frechette, Andrew Chadderdon and Tim Beach combined for the remaining five.

In goal, Jeff White logged all 61:59 in cage, allowed 10 goals and made 16 saves in the loss.

The Panthers struck first, as Stavis found the back of the net on an unassisted play less than five minutes into the game. Le Moyne went on to score four unanswered goals over the next 11 minutes, as Bumpus found the back of the cage twice while Beach and Prevost each added goals of their own. With 2.8 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Celano netted the Panthers' second goal of the period and his sixth of the year to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Within two minutes of the start of the second, Starke recorded just his third goal of the season to bring the Brown and Gold to within one at 4-3. Nearly four minutes later, Hopper fed Starke a pass from the outside and netted the equalizer to tie the game at 4-4. Sciara and Celanp went back-to-back in the final four minutes of the second frame to put the Stickmen up 6-4 at the half.

Just 30 seconds into the third, Prendergast capped the six-goal run with a behind the back shot that beat the Le Moyne goalie to put his team up 7-4. At the seven minute mark, Chadderdon netted the visitors' first goal since the first quarter to close the gap to 7-5. Frechette tallied another for the Dolphins in the frame to cut the deficit to just one, 7-6 with 4:20 remaining.

Corapi tied things up for the Dolphins with his 17th score of the year with 2:33 remaining, but the deadlock was brief. Just 42 seconds later, McAndrew took a pass from Prendergrast for his sixth goal of the season that put the Panthers back on top, 8-7.

Corapi responded to knot the contest once again in the opening minutes of the final quarter. The Dolphins took their first lead since the first quarter, 9-8, on the strength of an unassisted goal from Bumpus.

Hopper's first goal of the day came midway through the final frame, as he beat Jeff White for his 15th of the season and pulled even at 9-9. Down the stretch, an Adelphi shot-clock violation gave Le Moyne possession with just 8.5 seconds remaining, but the visitors were unable to get a clear shot and sent the game to overtime.

Puskuldjian won the faceoff and sent the ball into Le Moyne territory where Celano and Salvatore Tuttle each attempted shots but were off the mark. On the ensuing possession, the Panthers quickly capitalized off of a Bumpus turnover and raced down field where Kennedy found an open Watson who notched the game winner.

The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, April 9 when they host the Greyhounds of Assumption College for a 4 p.m.Northeast-10 contest.


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