Stonehill and Becker slated to play in first collegiate game in festival's history
|Senior forward Patrick Greene leads the
Skyhawks with 21 points this season.
EASTON, Mass. (January 12, 2012) – The Stonehill College men's ice hockey team returns to action following a 36 day holiday and exam break on Sunday when it participates in the fifth annual Andrew J. Gauthier Hockey Festival with a matchup against Becker College at Thayer Arena in Warwick, R.I., at 3 p.m. The event will raise money for the Andrew J. Gauthier Scholarship Foundation which benefits three local high school senior athletes each year.
The festival will feature seven games, two "Chuck-a-Puck" contests and plenty of raffle items for sale with all proceeds going to the Andrew J. Gauthier Scholarship Fund. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and children under 12 are free. For the past four years the festival has featured many youth and high school teams.
Immediately following the contest between Stonehill and Becker there will be a ceremony to remember Andrew who passed away due to complications from leukemia on May 31, 2007. Andrew, a Warwick native, played hockey and baseball at Toll Gate High School. His brother, Bobby Gauthier (Narragansett, R.I.), is a senior forward on the Becker men's ice hockey team.
The Skyhawks also have ties to the Gauthier family as Bobby was coached by Stonehill head coach Patrick Leahy at the Winchendon School and was a former teammate with current assistant coach Erik Trahan, also at the Winchendon School.
Donations can also be made to the Andrew J. Gauthier Scholarship Foundation, 101 North River Dr., Narragansett, R.I., 02882.
Stonehill (5-6-1, 2-1-0 NE-10) is 3-1-1 in its last five contests entering play against Becker. Senior forward Patrick Greene (Weymouth, Mass./Catholic Memorial), who is currently riding a ten game point streak, leads the Skyhawks offensively with four goals and 17 assists for 21 points. Sophomore forward Bill Carey (Weymouth, Mass.) and junior forward Christopher Gorovitz (Framingham, Mass./Tilton School) also head into the contest on a nine and eight game point streak, respectively. In goal, freshman netminder Chris Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass./Thayer Academy) is 5-5-0 overall with a .912 save percentage and a 2.98 goals against average (GAA).
Becker (5-8-1, 1-3-0 ECAC Northeast), winners of its last two games, is led by sophomore forward Korby Anderson (Owantonna, Minn.) and his team-leading nine goals and ten assists for 19 points. Junior forward David Graham (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is second on the team in points with 18 (eight goals, ten assists). In net, senior Jake Rosenthal (Wantagh, N.Y.) is 5-6-1 overall with a .900 save percentage and a 3.79 GAA.
Earlier this season, the Hawks defeated Stonehill, 5-1, in the opening round of the Becker Ice Breaker Tournament on November 4, 2011.
Stonehill returns home on Monday, January 23 in a Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) matchup against Franklin Pierce University at 7 p.m.
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