No. 2 Adelphi scores first seven goals, holds on to down No. 3 LIU Post
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Second-ranked Adelphi traveled across Long Island on Tuesday to face-off against No. 3 LIU Post. The Panthers jumped on the Pioneers early, leading 7-1 on the half, holding on for an 11-7 victory. With the win Adelphi improves to 3-0 overall, while LIU Post suffered their first loss, dropping to 3-1.
Connor Duddy led the offense for Adelphi with three goals, while Nick Watson, Salvatore Tuttle and Brandon Goodwin chipped in two goals and one assist. Gregory Puskuldjian controlled the action at the face-off "X" for Adelphi, winning 11 of 18 face-offs and had a team-high eight ground balls. Adian Bennardo and Wayne Marx added four ground balls each to the cause and Bennardo, who was spectacular in goal, made eight stops to collect his third win of the season.
Adelphi opened the game on a tear, scoring seven consecutive goals. It was a run that lasted 29:49, and was sparked by Tuttle's first tally of the contest just 2:51 into the contest and was capped by Goodwin's first goal in a Panther uniform, with 4:11 in the second frame. In between the Panthers got two of Duddy's goals, Tuttle's second and final goal of the day and two scores each from Joe Celano and Watson.
The third quarter was a 1-1 affair that gave the Brown and Gold a comfortable six goal cushion at 8-2 and put them 15 minutes away from victory. The Pioneers and Panthers traded goals in the opening 12 minutes of the fourth, capped by a LIU-Post goal with 3:11 left in the contest that it an 11-5 affair. The hosts would net two more goals in the final three minutes of the action, making the final count 11-7 in favor of Adelphi.