Stonehill Fires Past Assumption, 9-3

Junior Bryan Rooney scored two first period goals to lead the Skyhawks scoring surge at Assumption. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Six goal first period spurs Skyhawks to victory in NE-10 clash

WORCESTER, Mass. (November 17, 2012) – Stonehill College scored twice in the opening minute on its way to a 6-0 first period lead and never looked back in claiming a 9-3 triumph over Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey action at Charles J. Buffone Rink this evening.

Junior forward Bryan Rooney (Canton, Mass./New Hampton School) scored two goals to lead Stonehill who got markers from eight different players and saw 17 skaters notch points on the night. Senior captain Dana Borges (Taunton, Mass./Williston Northampton) dished out three assists, while freshman Dan Graham (Billerica, Mass./Williston Northampton) added a goal and assist. Seniors J.J. Sabin (Milton, Mass./The Tilton School) and Sean McNeil (Canton, Mass./Canton), sophomores Stephen Balsamo (Atkinson, N.H./Brewster Academy) and Kevin Aufiero (Canton, Mass.) and freshmen Robbie Dorgan (Ossining, N.Y.) and Richard Harris (Grand Island, N.Y.) each chipped in with goals for the Skyhawks.

Senior Joe Fimiani (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) led Assumption with a goal and assist, while sophomore Brennen Shaw (Presque Isle, Maine/Brewster Academy) dished out two assists. Junior Matt Calos (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) and senior Keven Meehan (Melrose, Mass./Austin Prep) each chipped in with a goal apiece.

Sophomore goaltender Chris Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass./Thayer Academy) started for Stonehill and posted 20 saves over the first two periods before yielding to freshman Matthew Palella (Chicago, Ill.) who stopped nine shots in the final frame. The Skyhawks finished with a 38-32 edge in shots and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while limiting Assumption to just 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

All three of senior captain Dana Borges' assists came in the Skyhawks six goal first period. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Freshman Tyler Stillings (Wilmington, Mass./Brooks) took the loss between the pipes for Assumption with four saves over the final 14:18 in the first period after taking over for junior Bobby Bowden (Springfield, Mass./Williston Northampton) who stopped three shots but surrendered three goals over the first 5:42. Freshman Chris Hemhauser (Old Saybrook, N.Y./Worcester Academy) registered 22 saves over the final two periods for the Greyhounds.

Stonehill wasted little time in starting the first period barrage as Aufiero and Rooney both scored in the opening 49-seconds. Freshman Travis Army (Englewood, Colo./Worcester Academy) set up Aufiero's third goal of the season just 37-seconds in. Rooney's first of the night came unassisted just 12 seconds later. Balsamo chased Bowden with his first of the year off a feed from senior Christopher Gorovitz (Framingham, Mass./The Tilton School) at 5:42.

Stonehill wasn't finished in the period as Sabin scored his second of the year on a power play off Borges' first assist of the night, while junior Bill Carey (Weymouth, Mass.) also assisted on the play at 9:29. Dorgan's second of the year, assisted by Borges and junior Andrew Miller (Oxford, Conn./Kent School), put the Skyhawks up five goals at 14:56. Rooney capped the period scoring with his second of the night (6th of the season) from Borges and sophomore Brendan Greene (Weymouth, Mass.) with 54-seconds left in the frame.

Stonehill increased its lead to 8-0 with markers from Harris and Graham 8:43 into the second period. Graham assisted on Harris' fourth of the season at 3:20, along with freshman Thomas DePoalo (Mendham, N.J./Morristown Beard School), before Graham added his first collegiate goal. Assumption got on the board with a pair of goal three minutes apart in the second. Fimiani and Shaw played a role in each Greyhound goal, with both setting up Calos' first of the year at 9:37 before Shaw and freshman Bryan Shea (Middleton, Mass./Brewster Academy) set up Fimiani's opening goal of the year at 12:33.

Each team scored third period goals to wrap up the scoring. McNeil scored his first of the year for Stonehill at 4:16, while Meehan added his third of season for Assumption on the power play at 10:26.

Stonehill (4-4-0, 2-0-0 NE-10) is back in action next Saturday, November 24, when it visits Trinity College in Connecticut for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. The Skyhawks next home game is schedule for Saturday, December 1, when they host Franklin Pierce University for an NE-10 matchup at Foxboro Sports Center at 4:10 p.m. Assumption (1-6-0, 0-2-0 NE-10) visits Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

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