Visiting Springfield Holds on to Down Clark

Worcester, Mass. Visiting Springfield broke open a 3-3 games with three unanswered goals and eventually held on for a closer-than-you-think, 8-5 win over Clark in Pilgrim League action on Saturday afternoon.

The Pride improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in league play, while the Cougars, who have dropped three straight, slip to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Things started off well for Clark as Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead on his team-leading 14th goal of the season midway through the first quarter.

Springfield answered back with goals from reigning Pilgrim League player of the week Jarrid Johnson (Orlando, Fla.) and Eric Balslov (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) to end the opening frame with a 2-1 edge.

The second period only saw two goals one by each team less than ten seconds apart. After Shawn Runyon (Fairport, N.Y.) made the score, 3-1, Phil Winslow (Providence, R.I.) set up Eugene Arsenault (South Portland, Maine) responded with a Clark marker to send the game into halftime, 3-2.

Winslow then set up Danny Heelan (Avon, Conn.) to knot the game at 3-3 at the 7:17 mark, but Springfield then scored three straight goals one from Runyon and two from Mike Delia (Wading River, N.Y.) to push the Pride to a 6-3 edge heading into the final period.

Johnson then reversed roles with Winslow, setting up Winslow with a score to close the gap to 6-4 less than 30 seconds into the quarter.

Three minutes later, the Pride put the game away with markers from Delia and Johnson to up the Springfield edge to 8-4 with a little more than ten minutes left.

Clark made one final push, as Winslow handed out his third assist of the day on Arsenault's second score.

The Cougars, however, would get no closer and Springfield won for the fourth time in the last five games.

Clark netminder Andrew DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) was outstanding in goal, turning back 13 shots. Springfield goalkeeper Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), meanwhile, needed to turn back just six shots in the win.

Delia notched a hat trick for the Pride, scoring all three of his goals in the second half.

The Cougars will look to return to the win column on Wednesday when they host Worcester-area rival Anna Maria beginning at 7:00 p.m.


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