Hawks Fall in Final Seconds to St. John Fisher

ONEONTA, NY- St. John Fisher's Kyle Denhoff scored with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the visiting Cardinals came away with a 9-8 victory over 'Wick on Saturday afternoon at Wright Stadium. St. John Fisher improves to 5-2 and 1-0 in the Empire 8 while Hartwick falls to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the Empire 8.

Joe Shields (Loudonville, NY/Shaker) and Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East)) both scored twice to lead the Hawks and had an assist each. Phil Schaefer (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North), Cody Ciolino (Nesconset, NY/Sachem North), Mike Vaglica (Newton, MA), and Zach Gropper (Syosset, NY/Syosset) all scored once.

Mitch Ritchie and Mike Byrnes scored twice for the Cardinals. Connor Henderson, Kory Smart, Denhoff, Michael Boisvert, and Greg Ramsden all had one goal each.

The Cardinals scored first to take the 1-0 lead with 9:41 remaining in the first quarter. The Hawks responded with goals by Ciolino and Hughes to go up 2-1 at 5:37. Byrnes' goal with 3:05 remaining would even the game at 2-2.

St. John Fisher scored twice to lead 4-2 at 10:01 in the second quarter and led 5-3 at halftime. The Hawks cut the lead to 5-4 on Gropper's goal in the third quarter but the Cardinals scored two goals 15 seconds apart to go up 7-4 at 10:24. The Hartwick defense would hold the Cardinals at bay the rest of the quarter as scores by Schaefer and Shields got 'Wick to within one goal of tying the game, 7-6, going into the final period of play.

In the fourth quarter, Henderson's goal would give the Cardinals an 8-6 lead with 12:52 left on the clock. The Hawks would fight their way back with goals by Shields and Hughes to tie the game at 8-all with 9:24 left to play. Both teams were held in check for the next nine minutes of play as neither defense would budge.

Hartwick got a huge break when the Cardinals' Bailey was called for a one minute slashing penalty with 2:50 left to play. Schaefer's shot hit the post and Shields' attempt was saved by the Cardinals Jamie Campagna. Three Cardinals' attempts were thwarted but with 27 seconds left to play, but after a timeout with 17 ticks left, Denhoff deposited the ball past Hartwick goaltender Nick Triano (North Andover, MA/St. John's Prep) for the game-winning goal.

Triano stopped seven shots between the pipes for Hartwick. Campagna had 11 saves for St. John Fisher.

The teams were even in shots with 35 and groundballs with 28. Hartwick was 2 for 3 on the extra man opportunity and successful on all 15 of its clear attempts.

The Hawks hit the road for an Empire 8 match with Utica on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.


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