Stonehill Keeps Rolling, Tops UMass Dartmouth, 4-1

Sophomore goaltender Tyler Jackson continued his tremendous form by stopping 37 of the 38 shots on goal he faced tonight.

Stonehill Keeps Rolling, Tops UMass Dartmouth, 4-1

Diozzi nets first career hat trick as Jackson a wall again for Skyhawks in goal


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (December 8, 2009) - Stonehill College ran its winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in non-conference ice hockey action at the Foxborough Sports Center tonight.

Sophomore goaltender Tyler Jackson (Little Silver, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) stopped 37 of the 38 shots on goal he faced on the night to backbone the Stonehill defense once again. Jackson and the Skyhawks blueliners have surrendered just three goals over their current four-game winning streak (0.75 goals against average), which included back-to-back shutouts for the first time in program history last week. Jackson posted 28 saves over the first two periods combined, including 15 second period stops.

Sophomore Andrew Diozzi (Belmont, Mass./Deerfield) provided all the offense Stonehill would need with his first career hat trick, including two third period goals to seal the win. Freshman Christopher Gorovitz (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) chipped in with a goal for the Skyhawks.

Sophomore Andrew Diozzi netted his first career hat trick tonight.

UMass Dartmouth finished with a 38-18 advantage in shots on goal for the contest, but Stonehill converted on 1-of-6 power-play goals, adding a shorthanded tally to the mix as well. The Corsairs lone goal came from sophomore Rob Dudley (Douglas, Mass./Middlesex School). Junior Collin Tracy (Medford, Mass./Medford) finished with 14 saves in goal for UMD.

After a scoreless first period, Stonehill broke through when Diozzi scored with Stonehill shorthanded by two players 9:12 into the second period, assisted by junior Eric Scholl (Wilmington, Mass./The Tilton School). Gorovitz doubled the Skyhawks lead, netting what would prove to be the game-winner, on the power play at 17:52, assisted by freshman Dana Borges (Taunton, Mass./Coyle Cassidy).

UMass Dartmouth cut its deficit in half just 31-seconds before the second intermission with Dudley's second goal of the season, assisted by juniors Jason Stahl (Londonderry, N.H.) and Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, Mass.). Stonehill iced its win with two goals from Diozzi late in the third period. His second marker of the night was an unassisted strike at 16:13, before senior Zachary Cantin (Saugus, Mass./Xavarian Brothers) set Diozzi up for the hat trick and his team-high sixth goal of the season into an empty net with 28-seconds remaining.

Stonehill (6-6-1, 1-2-0 NE-10) closes out its first semester schedule tomorrow night at Salve Regina University at 6:30 p.m. The Skyhawks next home game isn't for almost two months when it hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology on Thursday, January 28, at 7 p.m. UMass Dartmouth (3-4-1, 0-3-1 MASCAC) hosts Framingham State College on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Stonehill 4, UMass Dartmouth 1

                                     1      2    3       -    T
UMass Dartmouth         0    1     0       -    1
Stonehill                       0    2     2       -    4

Scoring: STO: Andrew Diozzi (Eric Scholl) 9:12-SH; STO: Christopher Gorovitz (Dana Borges) 17:52-PP; UMD: Rob Dudley (Jason Stahl, Todd Bartelson) 19:29; STO: Diozzi (unassisted) 16:13; STO: Diozzi (Zachary Cantin) 19:32-EN.

Goaltending: UMD: Collin Tracy (59:18) 5-4-5=14; STO: Tyler Jackson (60:00) 13-15-9=37.

Shots on Goal: UMD: 13-16-9=38; STO: 5-6-7=18.

Power Play: UMD: 0/4; STO: 1/6.