Watson's goal in OT keeps No. 2 Adelphi undefeated; beats No. 5 Le Moyne 10-9
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- No. 2 Adelphi remained undefeated with a 10-9 victory against No. 5 Le Moyne on Saturday at Motamed Field.
The Panthers went on a six-goal run that spanned three periods, but needed an extra 1:59 in overtime to get the job done. Thanks to the play of Nick Watson and Kevin Kennedy, the Brown and Gold came away with the win to better the school record for the best start by any team in program history. The Panthers remain undefeated at 8-0 and 6-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Dolphins dropped to 8-2 and 5-2 in the NE-10.
Watson's only point of the day came when it mattered the most, when Kennedy found him for the game-winner. Ikerson Hopper and Brian Prendergast accounted for a goal and one assist each while Patrick Starke and Joe Celano found the back of the net a combined four times. Joseph Sciara, Jamie McAndrew and Cory Stavis capped the Panthers' scoring contingent while Kennedy, Nick Olson and Tyler Felice-Jennings were credited with one assist each.
On defense, Sciara led the Brown and Gold with seven ground balls while Kennedy and Gregory Puskuldjian each picked up six. Rashad Cureton and Puskuldjain combined for 17 faceoff wins on 22 attempts.
In goal, Eric Janssen played the first two quarters and recorded three saves while allowing four goals. Teammate Aidan Bennardo picked up the win, playing the second half and the overtime period while making three saves and five goals allowed.
For the Dolphins, Tyler Prevost and Kam Bumpus each recorded three points behind two goals and one assist while Joe Corapi, Nate Frechette, Andrew Chadderdon and Tim Beach combined for the remaining five.
In goal, Jeff White logged all 61:59 in cage, with 16 saves.
The Panthers struck first, as Stavis found the back of the net on an unassisted play less than five minutes into the game. Le Moyne went on to score four unanswered goals during the next 11 minutes, as Bumpus found the back of the cage twice while Beach and Prevost each added goals. With 2.8 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Celano netted the Panthers' second goal of the period and his sixth of the year to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Within two minutes of the start of the second, Starke recorded just his third goal of the season to bring the Brown and Gold to within one at 4-3. Nearly four minutes later, Hopper fed Starke a pass from the outside and netted the equalizer to tie the game at 4. Sciara and Celanp went back-to-back in the final four minutes of the second frame to put the Panthers up 6-4 at the half.
Just 30 seconds into the third, Prendergast capped the six-goal run with a behind-the-back shot that beat the Le Moyne goalie to put his team up 7-4. At the seven-minute mark, Chadderdon netted the Dolphins' first goal since the first quarter to close the gap to 7-5. Frechette tallied another for the Dolphins in the frame to cut the deficit to just one, 7-6, with 4:20 remaining.
Corapi tied things for the Dolphins with his 17th score of the year with 2:33 remaining, but the deadlock was brief. Just 42 seconds later, McAndrew took a pass from Prendergrast for his sixth goal of the season that put the Panthers back on top 8-7.
Corapi responded to knot the contest once again in the opening minutes of the final quarter. The Dolphins took their first lead since the first quarter, 9-8, on the strength of an unassisted goal from Bumpus.
Hopper's first goal of the day came midway through the final frame, as he beat White for his 15th of the season and pulled Le Moyne even at 9. Down the stretch, an Adelphi shot-clock violation gave Le Moyne possession with just 8.5 seconds remaining, but the Dolphins were unable to get a clear shot and sent the game to overtime.
Puskuldjian won the faceoff and sent the ball into Le Moyne territory where Celano and Salvatore Tuttle each attempted shots but were off the mark. On the ensuing possession, the Panthers quickly capitalized off a Bumpus turnover and raced down field where Kennedy found an open Watson.