Nichols Withstands Stonehill Rally, 8-6

Sophomore Matthew Doherty had a goal and assist for the Skyhawks tonight.

Nichols Withstands Stonehill Rally, 8-6

Kohn posts seven-point game as Bison nets winner with 1:42 to play


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (November 24, 2009) - Nichols College withstood two furious Stonehill College comeback efforts to claim a thrilling 8-6 triumph in non-conference ice hockey action at the Foxborough Sports Center tonight.

Freshman Zach Kohn (Hartland, Wis.) posted a seven-point night to lead Nichols to its second-straight win, posting four goals and three assists. He led a Bison power-play that was an efficient 4-for-6 (66.7%) on the night with two power-play goals of his own and also set up the game-winner with 1:42 to play in regulation. Junior Will Munson (Corona, Calif.) dished out six assists on the night, setting up the Bison's first four goals.

Sophomore Andrew Letellier (Saco, Maine) posted two goals and two assists for four points for Nichols, while classmate Andrew Ella (Schomberg, Ontario) added a goal and two assists. The Bison also got a goal from senior Eric Cremer (Chelsea, Mich.).

Freshman George DeMello (Cotuit, Mass./Tabor Academy) notched his first collegiate hat trick to lead Stonehill, who erased deficits of three and two goals on the night. Sophomore Matthew Doherty (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) posted a goal and assist for the Skyhawks, while sophomores Patrick Greene (Weymouth, Mass./Catholic Memorial) and Bill Harris (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) and freshman Sean McNeil (Canton, Mass./Canton) all dished two assists. Stonehill also got goals from juniors John Yokow (Windsor, Conn./Northwest Catholic) and Michael Tuplin (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth).

The teams traded goals over the opening 6:32 before Nichols seemingly assumed control with three-straight power-play goals to close out the opening period. The opening stanza featured five power-play goals in all - four by Nichols. Kohn finished the period with a hat trick, netting the last two goals of the frame, while Munson dished four assists and Letellier contributed two goals and an assist.

Stonehill fought back in the game with a pair of second period goals, the first coming on the power play by DeMello 3:57 into the period. Tuplin drew the Skyhawks within a goal with his first career goal, unassisted 11:03 into the frame.

Nichols regained a two-goal cushion (6-4) with Ella's goal 4:38 into the third period, but Stonehill responded with two goals within a three-minute span midway through the period to knot the score at 6-6. DeMello rounded out his hat trick 9:21 into the third, assisted by McNeil and Greene, before Doherty tied the game with a power-play goal, assisted by Harris, at 12:19.

Cremer broke the deadlock with 1:42 to play, assisted by Kohn and Letellier, before Nichols iced the game with an empty net goal by Kohn with one second on the clock.

Stonehill (2-5-1, 0-2-0 NE-10) returns to action this weekend when it participates in the PAL/Stovepipe Tournament, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University, beginning with a matchup with the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Tuesday, December 1, to host Worcester State College at 7 p.m. Nichols (3-1-1, 1-1-0 ECAC-NE) takes part in the Skidmore Tournament with a matchup with the hosts on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Nichols 8, Stonehill 6


                                    1    2    3       -    T
Nichols                         5    0    3       -    8
Stonehill                       2   2    2       -     6 

Scoring: NC: Zach Kohn (Andrew Ella, Will Munson) 2:42; STO: John Yokow (Andrew Webb, Patrick Greene) 3:21 - PP; NC: Andrew Letellier (Munson, Kohn) 5:01 - PP; STO: George DeMello (Sean McNeil, Matt Doherty) 6:32; NC: Letellier (Munson) 8:17 - PP; NC: Kohn (Munson) 11:12 - PP; NC: Kohn (Zach Hendrickson, Letellier) 17:23 - PP; STO: DeMello (Tyler Gordon, Bill Harris) 3:57 - PP: STO: Michael Tuplin (unassisted) 11:03; NC: Ella (Munson, Kohn) 4:38; STO: DeMello (Sean McNeil, Greene) 9:21; STO: Doherty (Harris) 12:19 - PP; NC: Eric Cremer (Kohn, Letellier) 18:18; NC: Kohn (Munson, Ella) 19:59 - EN.

Goaltending: NC: Ryan Casey (23:57) 3-2=5, Jacob Rinn (36:03) 7-7-14; STO: Derek Chapdelaine (11:12) 10=10, Michael Manna (48:15) 2-4-13=19.

Shots on Goal: Nichols 17-4-16=37; STO: 5-11-9=25.

Power Play: NC: 4/6; STO: 3/7.