No. 5 Adelphi Thunders Past Franklin Pierce

Garden City, N.Y. No. 5 Adelphi hosted the Ravens of Franklin Pierce in a Northeast-10 Conference contest. The Panthers came out with hot sticks and rattled off seven straight goals on the opening seven possessions and never looked back. They scored 12 unanswered goals before the Ravens could get on the board and came away with a convincing 20-7 win. With the victory, Adelphi advances to 5-1, 1-1 NE-10 while Franklin Pierce moves to 3-2, 1-1 NE-10.

The Panthers had 13 different players score at least a goal while eight had one or more assists. Joe Vitale and Michael Rossi each posted two goals and as many assists while Danny Blau, and Joe Celano had three points apiece. Kevin Kennedy, Jamie McAndrew, Kieran Riegel and Timothy Aiello all added two goals while Kenneth Worker, Nick Olson, Vinny Coiro and Bryan Hall all had one. Greg Puskuldjian scored once and was a perfect 10-10 on faceoffs.

As a team, the Panthers picked up 28 ground balls, were 20-30 on faceoffs, outshot Franklin Pierce 36-30 and were successful on all but one clear in 14 attempts. Eric Janssen picked up his fifth win of the season as he made six saves and allowed just two goals in 30 minutes of action.

For the Ravens, Kevin Darglin scored three of their seven goals while Eddie Noonan put in two and had an assist. Jimmy McInnis had two assists and one goal with Brendan Cahill rounding out the scoring with a goal. Eric Vincens won eight of Franklin Pierce's 10 faceoffs while Alex Whitney and Ryan Dintaman combine for six of the team's 17 ground balls. Don Denman took the loss on the day, allowing 10 goals in 13:56 minutes of action while making three saves.

Puskuldjian won the initial faceoff to kick off the game and went to cage right off the bat, sending in a shot past Denman for a quick goal in the opening 13 seconds. On the ensuing six possessions, the Panthers won every face off, did not allow Franklin Pierce to gain control of the ball, and took six shots which resulted in six more goals, putting the score at 7-0 with 9:47 left in the first period.

Within the final minute of the opening quarter, Adelphi's Celano, Riegel and Vitale added three more goals to make it a 10-0 affair in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Six seconds into the second, Worker sprinted right toward the Franklin Pierce cage and put in their 11th straight goal. A Blau goal at 12:13 would cap a 12-0 Panther run.

The Ravens would get two before the half, but Adelphi would outdo them by tacking on another four more scores, putting the game further out of reach at 16-2 at halftime.

Franklin Pierce would close the gap ever so slightly, notching three goals in the third while Olson added one for the Panthers. The visitors would go on to get two more in the closing quarter while McAndrew, Hall and Aiello each tacked on a goal as Adelphi walked away with a 20-7 win.

The stickmen return to action on Monday, March 26 when they host the Yellow Jackets of American International College in an NE-10 matchup beginning at 7:00 pm.


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