Hood Snaps Four-Game Skid, Edges Neumann

ASTON, Pa.--Hood College (2-5) snapped a four-game losing skid with a narrow 6-5 triumph at Neumann University (2-2) Friday evening in nonconference action.

Shane O'Keefe's four-point effort paced the Blazers while Spencer Freemon's first score in the blue-and-grey late in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner for Hood. In addition, Corey Roberts, Randolph Clark and Ricky Orndorff all netted goals in the win.

Hood scored the first two goals of the contest and never trailed in the game but needed some fourth-quarter heroics to come away with the win. Freemon's game-winner was set up by O'Keefe on a man-up opportunity with 3:17 left in regulation. Neumann had two chances to net the equalizer in the final 10 seconds of the game but both attempts sailed wide of the net and the Blazers hung on for the win.

Hood held a 4-1 lead at halftime. The Blazers kept the Knights out of the net for a span of 23:05 spanning the second and third quarters. Ryan O'Kane netted an EMO goal at the 5:15 mark of the third period to pull Neumann to within 4-2 but O'Keefe ripped his second goal of the game and fourth of the season 1:23 later to regain a three-goal advantage for the Blazers.

Neumann would proceed to score three unanswered goals to tie the game at 5-5, the last of which came on a man-down situation for the Knights with 12:55 left in the fourth. Late in the fourth, Neumann was whistled for an illegal body check, resulting in Hood's seventh man-up opportunity of the day. O'Keefe and Freemon hooked up for the score 22 seconds into the EMO to regain the lead for Hood.

Hector Montoya won the next face-off for Hood, his 10th win of the game, and 15 seconds later, the Knights picked up their eighth penalty of the contest. Neumann's Andrew Neubauer came up with a save on an attempt by Clark with 1:41 left but was unable to clear the ball, giving possession back to Hood. The Blazers misplayed the ball on their possession however, and this time the Knights registered a successful clear and called timeout to set up the potential game-tying score. But shots by Mark Consolo and Patrick Rose were off the mark and the Blazers escaped with the win.

Hood's Cody Hass made 10 saves for his first collegiate win in net. Montoya and Adam Patterson picked up five ground balls apiece as the Blazers held the upperhand in that category, 48-38.

The Blazers return home Wednesday to host the Misericordia University Cougars at 3:30 p.m.


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