Stonehill Rallies To Earn 3-3 Tie With Saint Michael’s

Junior defenseman Connor Fallon scored the game-tying goal in the third period and also added an assist in Stonehill's 3-3 tie against Saint Michael's tonight.

Juniors Connor Fallon and Richard Harris record two points each for the Skyhawks

FOXBORO, Mass. (December 2, 2014) – Stonehill College scored two times in the second period and once in the third to erase a pair of deficits and earn a 3-3 overtime tie with Saint Michael's College this evening in Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey action at the Foxboro Sports Center.

Meeting for the only time this season, Stonehill and Saint Michael's earn one point each in the NE-10 standings. The Skyhawks and Purple Knights split a pair of contests last winter, with Stonehill posting a 5-3 victory in Vermont on January 20th.

Juniors Connor Fallon (Weymouth, Massachusetts/South Shore Kings) and Richard Harris (Grand Island, New York/Valley Jr. Warriors) keyed Stonehill's comeback with two points each on a goal and an assist.

Classmate Thomas Jenkins (Canton, Massachusetts/Williston Northampton) also found the back of the net, while juniors Anthony D'Elia (Stamford, Connecticut/Gunnery School), Kevin Airoldi (Kennebunk, Maine/Boston Jr. Rangers), Scott Rolph (Bow, New Hampshire/Tilton School), and Garrett White (Wakefield, Massachusetts/Boston Bulldogs) were credited with assists.

Starting his fifth contest of the season in net, senior goaltender Chris Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Massachusetts/Thayer Academy) made a game-high 31 saves, including 12 in the second period.

Senior Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec/Tilton School), junior Mike Schreiner (Saint Albans, Vermont/Norwich), and freshman Eric Salzillo (Johnston, Rhode Island/Boston Bandits) each scored for Saint Michael's, while senior defenseman Eric Robinson (Williston, Vermont/Berkshire School) recorded a pair of assists.

Purple Knights senior netminder Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pennsylvania/Northfield Mount Hermon) stopped 30 shots in 65 minutes between the pipes, including all 11 that he saw in the opening period.

Schreiner opened the scoring for Saint Michael's just 4:34 into the game, with the help of senior forward AJ Pieprzak's (Barrie, Ontario/Ridley College) team-leading seventh assist of the season. The Purple Knights doubled their lead at the 15:07 mark, as Wong scored his first of the season to give the visitors a two-goal lead heading into the first intermission.

Senior Chris Tasiopoulos made 31 saves, including 12 in the second period.

After failing to convert on several solid scoring chances in the first 25+ minutes of the game, Stonehill finally broke through 9:10 into the second period when Jenkins picked up his own rebound in front of the net and backhanded a shot past Donzanti. The Skyhawks equalized less than two minutes later, as Rolph and Fallon set up Harris for his second goal of the season at the 10:50 mark.

Saint Michael's would regain its lead before the end of the period, however, as Salzillo fired a shot from a tough angle behind the net that hit off the back of Tasiopoulos and found its way in with less than six minutes remaining before the second intermission.

Still trailing 3-2 with 7:14 elapsed in the third period, the Skyhawks pulled even for the second time in the game when Fallon ripped a shot from the point past a screened Donzanti and into the net.

Both teams had opportunities to win the game in the five-minute overtime session with four shots on goal apiece, but Tasiopoulos and Donzanti stood tall to help their squads earn a point.

Saint Michael's was whistled for the only penalty of the game in the first period, a two-minute slashing minor, but Stonehill was unable to convert with the man advantage.

Stonehill (3-2-2, 3-0-1 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday night at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, while Saint Michael's (3-3-2, 1-0-2 NE-10) will hit the road on Friday night for a matchup at in-state rival Castleton College.

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