Sophomore Tyler Jackson made 20 saves in posting his second-straight shutout tonight against Worcester State. His scoreless streak of 125:44 is the longest ever in the program's history.
Stonehill Blanks Worcester State, 3-0
Skyhawks post two-straight shutouts for first time in program history, set new single-season record with third shutout of the season
Jackson logs second-straight shutout himself, Diozzi nets pair in win
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (December 1, 2009) - Stonehill College has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in the 31-year history of the program after posting a 3-0 victory over Worcester State College in non-conference ice hockey action at the Foxborough Sports Center tonight. In the process, the Skyhawks set a single-season record with their third shutout of the season in just the first month of the campaign.
Sophomore goaltender Tyler Jackson (Little Silver, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) posted his second-straight shutout in the span of three days to lead Stonehill to victory. His current scoreless minute streak of 125:44 is the longest ever posted by a Skyhawks goaltender. Jackson finished with 20 saves in picking up the shutout win behind a strong defensive effort led by freshman defenseman Shawn Unis (Sandwich, Mass./Proctor Academy).
Sophomore Andrew Diozzi (Belmont, Mass./Deerfield) led Stonehill with two goals on the night, including one on the power-play, while freshman David Nelson (Concord, N.H./Concord) netted his first collegiate goal to ice the win for the Skyhawks, who scored a goal in each of the three periods.
Sophomore Andrew Diozzi netted two goals for the Skyhawks.
Senior Andrew Evans (Cromwell, Conn.) finished with 36 saves in goal for Worcester State as Stonehill finished with a 39-20 advantage in shots on goal for the night. The Skyhawks converted on 2-of-8 power-play chances, while the Lancers finished 0-for-5.
Stonehill got the only goal it would need as Diozzi opened the scoring just 54-seconds into the contest when he pounced on a rebound off a shot by senior Zachary Cantin (Saugus, Mass./Xavarian Brothers) and pushed the puck past Evans. Diozzi would double the Skyhawks lead on the power play at 17:31 of the second period, assisted by senior captain Peter Roundy (Simsbury, Conn./Kimball Union) and sophomore Patrick Greene (Weymouth, Mass./Catholic Memorial), marking his third goal of the season. The goal came just moments after Jackson made two point blanks saves on sophomore Cody Warila (Shirley, Mass.) and senior Lee Belisle (Chicopee, Mass.) in the slot.
Stonehill iced the win with a final power play marker with just nine seconds left in regulation when Nelson scored from the bottom of the left circle, assisted by freshman Dana Borges (Taunton, Mass./Coyle Cassidy) and sophomore Bill Harris (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth).
Stonehill (4-6-1, 0-2-0 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday when it faces Southern New Hampshire University for a Northeast-10 Conference matchup as part of "A Day of Hockey" at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each and will also earn admission to that night's American Hockey League (AHL) contest between the Manchester Monarchs, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, and Worcester Sharks, affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, at 7 p.m. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Monarchs winter hat courtesy of McDonald's. For more information, contact Tim Myers at 603-626-7825, ext. 6103, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worcester State (2-4-0, 0-2-0 MASCAC) hosts the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Stonehill 3, Worcester State 0
3 - T
Worcester State 0 0 0 - 0
Stonehill 1 1 1 - 3
Scoring: STO: Andrew Diozzi (Zachary Cantin) 0:54; STO: Diozzi (Peter Roundy, Patrick Greene) 17:31-PP; STO: David Nelson (Dana Borges, Bill Harris) 19:51-PP.
Goaltending: WSC: Andrew Evans (60:00) 14-13-9=36; STO: Tyler Jackson (60:00) 5-9-6=20.
Shots on Goal: WSC: 5-9-6=20; STO: 15-14-10=39.
Power Play: WSC: 0/5; STO: 2/8.