Adelphi battles past St. Michael's
Eight different Panthers tally goals in hard-fought victory
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- No. 6 Adelphi battled Northeast-10 rival and 11th-ranked St. Michael's on Saturday afternoon. After a scoreless first period and finding themselves down by a goal, a five-goal third period gave the Panthers just enough cushion to hang on for an 8-6 victory in front of the home crowd on Motamed Field. With the win, Adelphi improves to 7-2 on the year (3-2 NE-10) while St. Michael's falls to 6-4 on the season (2-4 NE-10).
A balanced attack, excellent goal keeping, and impressive faceoff success was the highlight of Adephi's win. Nine different players registered at least one point with all eight goals coming from eight different stick heads. Greg Puskuldjian, to go along with his one goal, won 14-of-17 faceoffs and scooped up 12 ground balls to put the Panther's on the offensive end of the field most of the game.
Joe Celano and Joe Vitale each had a goal and assist with Vitale putting the Panther's ahead 1-0 at the 14:35 mark of the second with his 20th goal. He then earned his 20th assist after dishing the ball to Celano for his 15th goal of the season just 1:36 later.
Celano then picked up his second point on an assist from a Shane Wynn score as part of Adelphi's five-goal third period. Timothy Aiello came up big in the third, putting in the period's first goal to even the slate at 3-3 while also assisting Kevin Kennedy as he notched his seventh goal of the season.
Doug Quednau gave the Panther's the go ahead goal at 4-3 while Shane Wynn and Puskuldjian put in back-to-back scores to put Adelphi up 7-4 heading into the fourth before Danny Blau put the icing on the cake with the eighth and final goal of the game
In goal, Eric Janssen had a solid outing, making 16 saves while allowing just six goals to pick up his eighth win.
St. Michael's Connor Glackin had two points and would have had three, but his goal with 1:50 left in the first period was called off due to an illegal pocket in the stick head. Pete Donnally provided a good portion of the offense for the Purple Knights, scoring their first and last three goals.
Marty Vanzo and Max Zuccarini each had two points while Cooper Quenneville added an assist. Chris DeMairo made 13 saves between the pipes and suffered his fourth loss of the year.