Stonehill Advances via Shootout Over Becker, 3-3 (OT)

Stonehill Advances via Shootout Past Becker

Skyhawks again show flair for dramatic, erasing three goal third period deficit in 3-3 draw (OT); Advance via 3-1 decision in shootout. 


MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (November 6, 2009) - The 2009-2010 Stonehill College ice hockey team apparently has a flair for the dramatic. Three days after erasing a pair of two goal deficits to win its season-opener, Stonehill rallied from a three-goal third period hole to tie host Becker College, 3-3, on day one of the 2009 Ice Breaker Tournament at the New England Sports Center tonight. The Skyhawks advanced to tomorrow's championship with a 3-1 shootout victory. 

Stonehill out-scored Becker 3-1 in the shootout after the two teams played through a scoreless overtime period. Sophomore Patrick Greene (Weymouth, Mass./Catholic Memorial) capped the Skyhawks shootout by converting their third penalty shot attempt. Junior goalkeeper Michael Manna (Framingham, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) then stopped his third Becker penalty shot of the shootout to seal the victory.

Manna finished with 37 saves to give Stonehill a chance at the comeback, stopping all 26 shots on goal after yielding three first period goals. He also stopped three of Becker's four penalty shots in the shootout. The Hawks finished with a slight 40-37 advantage in shots on goal for the night.

Senior Peter Roundy (Simsbury, Conn./Kimball Union) had a goal and assist to lead the Stonehill comeback. The Skyhawks also got third period goals from sophomore Andrew Diozzi (Belmont, Mass./Deerfield) and freshman George DeMello (Cotuit, Mass./Tabor Academy).

Freshman Jonathan Gould (Hudson, Mass.) led Becker with a goal and assist. The Hawks also got goals from senior Jared Kersner (Rockville, Md.) and freshman Ron Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.). Senior goaltender Tony Stoehr (Depere, Wis.) finished with 33 saves for the Hawks.

Becker looked like it was going to run away with the win, scoring three first period goals to seemingly take control. Gould opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal three minutes into the game, assisted by freshman Mark Lotito (Staten Island, N.Y.). The Hawks struck again 12:47 into the first period with Paiva's goal, assisted by freshman James Shea (Broad Channel, N.Y.). They extended their lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal with 1:04 left in the opening stanza as Gould and sophomore Nate Sayer (Dracut, Mass.) set up Kersner.

After a scoreless second period, Stonehill started mounting its rally with two power-play goals 3:24 apart. Roundy opened the Skyhawks scoring 5:13 into the third, assisted sophomore Bill Harris (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) and senior Christopher Rogers (Westford, Mass./Pomfret School). Diozzi pulled Stonehill within a goal with the second power-play tally, assisted by Roundy, at 8:37. Stonehill knotted the score with 6:37 left in regulation in an unassisted goal from DeMello. He assisted on the equalizing goal in Stonehill's comeback win at Western New England on Tuesday.

Greene capped three-straight successful penalty shots for Stonehill in the shootout, while Rogers and Roundy scored for the Skyhawks in the first two rounds.

Stonehill (2-0-0, 0-0-0 NE-10) will play for the Ice Breaker Tournament Championship tomorrow evening against Plymouth State University, a 5-4 winner against Suffolk University earlier today, at 5:10 p.m. Becker (0-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC-NE) will battle Suffolk in the consolation game at 2:10 p.m.

Stonehill 3, Becker 3 (OT)

                                    1    2    3     OT SO   - T
Stonehill                       0    0     3     0    3    -  3
Becker                          3    0     0     0    1     - 3

SCORING: BC: Jonathan Gould (Mark Lotito) 3:00 - SH; BC: Ron Paiva (James Shea) 12:47; BC: Jared Kersner (Nate Sayer, Gould) 18:56 - PP; STO: Peter Roundy (Bill Harris, Christopher Rogers) 5:13 - PP; STO: Andrew Diozzi (Roundy) 8:37 - PP; STO: George DeMello (unassisted) 13:23.
Shootout: STO - G-G-G-M (GWG: Patrick Greene); BC - M-G-M-M

Goaltending: STO - Michael Manna (65:00) 11-12-12-2=37; BC: Tony Stoehr (65:00) 10-13-6-4=33.

Shots on Goal: STO - 10-13-9-5=37; BC - 14-12-12-2=40.
Power Play: STO - 2/6; BC - 1/6.