Catamounts defeat Saints
BURLINGTON Vermont freshman Jack Downing (New Canaan, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 1:28 left in overtime to give the Catamounts a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over St. Lawrence in front of a crowd of 3,712 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night. Vermont improved to 4-6-3 (3-3-2 HEA) on the season with the win while St. Lawrence dropped to 6-9-3 (2-4-2 ECAC). Freshman Josh Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) recorded the first goal of his career, sophomore Colin Vock (Plymouth, Mich.) had a power-play goal and junior assistant captain Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.) notched his team-high fifth score of the year for the Catamounts. Junior co-captain Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ontario) added three assists as Vermont won for the first time when trailing after two periods since Dec. 20, 2003 in a 4-3 overtime victory against Connecticut. The win over UConn also happened to be the first-ever for Kevin Sneddon as head coach at UVM. Prior to the victory against the Saints, the Catamounts had gone a span of 48 games (0-44-4) without a win when trailing after 40 minutes. Vermont had earned a pair of come-from-behind ties against No. 4 Boston College (3-3) and No. 12 Harvard (2-2) this season. With the Catamounts trailing 3-2 in the third, Carlson tied the game at 6:34 of the period. He made a sensational move to maneuver around a St. Lawrence defenseman at the left circle to come free in the slot. Vock and Strong each assisted. Following a St. Lawrence penalty in overtime sophomore Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) setup Downing for the game-winner with a backdoor pass to the left pipe. Power play goals propel Knights over FPU
SOUTH BURLINGTON The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team (3-3-1, 2-0-0 Northeast-10 Conference) tallied six power play goals and earned a 7-1 win versus Franklin Pierce University on Saturday evening at Cairns Arena. The game featured 47 penalties, including nine game misconducts. For the Purple Knights, junior Chris Healey (Salem, N.H.) scored twice and added two assists, while classmate John Burns (Sandwich, Mass.) handed out four assists. Junior Bryan Dodge (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman Matt Rigtrup (Upper Montclair, N.J.) added a goal and an assist apiece, while junior Tyler Bilton (Penticton, B.C.) stopped 27 shots to earn the win. For Franklin Pierce (2-8-0, 0-1-0 NE-10), sophomore Rob Perretta (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored, while freshman Matt McCarthy (Natick, Mass.) turned aside 35 shots. After each team successfully killed a penalty in the opening six minutes, Saint Michael's opened the scoring 10:39 into the contest, as Burns slid a pass to Dodge, whose one-timer from just inside the blue line found the top-right corner for his first goal of the year. The remainder of the period was filled with penalties, including three game misconducts, but Bilton turned aside all 16 shots he faced in the frame. In the second period, Saint Michael's capitalized on the Ravens' fourth penalty of the period, as Healey backhanded a shot at 7:53 for his third goal of the season to double the lead. Less than five minutes later, Saint Michael's scored two more times on the power play, with junior Kevin Richard (South Burlington, Vt.) earning a goal in his first collegiate contest to make the score 3-0, and Healey scoring his second goal of the game to give the hosts a 4-0 cushion. Franklin Pierce got on the board with 3:39 left in the second period on Perretta's even-strength goal, a deflected shot that eluded Bilton. However, three power-play goals by Rigtrup, senior Matt Hall (Scituate, Mass.) and junior Ryan Mero (Peekskill, N.Y.) midway through the third period sealed the victory for Saint Michael's. Saint Michael's is off until December 29, when the Purple Knights host their annual Holiday Classic. Saint Michael's opens the four-team tournament with a 1 p.m. contest versus Concordia College of Minnesota, followed by a 4 p.m. match between Becker College and Neumann College.
Knights lose on opening day
ERIE, Pennsylvania On the opening day of the Mercyhurst College Classic in Erie, Pennsylvania, Saint Michael's (6-3) dropped an 86-78 decision to the Fighting Scots (2-8) despite holding a 14-point advantage at the half. Playing without senior co-captain James Sorrentine (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael's Academy), senior co-captain Brian Monahan (Kinderhook, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and freshman Nate Birr (Burnsville, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) shouldered the load with 19 points apiece in the team's first non-conference loss of the season. For Ohio Valley, senior guard Omar Campbell (Loraine, Ohio/Loraine County CC) scored 22 of the Fighting Scots 59 second-half points to score a game-high 27 points. Campbell shot 4-6 from behind the arc while also grabbing five rebounds and four steals. Ohio Valley's junior guard Aleka Carr (Parkersburg, WV/Parkersburg) chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in the team's second win of the season and first ever meeting with Saint Michael's. In place of Sorrentine, Chris Hurley (Watertown, Mass./BC High) scored a career-high 15 points in the starting role on 7-12 from the field. Hurley also added six assists in his first start of the season. Birr's 19 points was also a career-high for the freshman in a game he shot 7-9 from the field, including 3-5 from long range. Sophomore guard Ryan Rodrigues (Acushnet, Mass.\New Bedford) and junior forward Mike Iola (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) also each chipped in 11 points. Saint Michael's closes out the Mercyhurst College Classic on Monday, December 17 at 3 p.m. versus Salem International (0-4). The Purple Knights resume Northeast-10 play at Saint Rose on Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. Lady Knights defeat GBC
COLCHESTER The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team (7-3) survived a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to earn a 59-56 victory versus Goldey-Beacom College (3-4) in non-conference action on Saturday at the Ross Sports Center. For the Purple Knights, sophomore Michelle Otey (Southborough, Mass/Algonquin Regional) tied her career-high with 20 points, connecting on 9-of-14 shots from the field. She added a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Allison Dunn (Whippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Alexis Keller (Harrington Park, N.J./Old Tappan) added eight points as Saint Michael's won its second straight contest. For Goldey-Beacom, senior Toni Jones (Lewes, Del.) scored a game-high 29 points, including 19 in the second half, and added a team-high seven rebounds and seven steals. The Lightning forced 26 Saint Michael's turnovers, but committed 24 of their own, and allowed the Purple Knights to shoot 59 percent from the field in the second half. Saint Michael's held a narrow 28-24 lead after a first half that featured four ties and 10 lead changes. The Purple Knights appeared to take control early in the second half, as Saint Michael's opened the period with a 12-2 run to take a game-high 40-26 lead with just over 16 minutes remaining. Goldey-Beacom, however, then went on a 20-4 run over the next seven minutes, including 13 points from Jones, to take its first lead of the second half at 46-44. Neither team held more than a five-point lead for the remainder of the contest, and Saint Michael's survived a desperation 3-pointer from senior Natasha Scott (Philadelphia, Pa.) at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. Saint Michael's returns to action on Wednesday, as the Purple Knights close out the calendar year with a 5:30 p.m. Northeast-10 Conference contest at the College of Saint Rose.