Dunster Hat Trick Paces Bryant to Win over Sacred Heart

Dunster would complete his hat trick, the fourth of his career, with 2:45 remaining when a wide bounce shot jumped into the air near the left side of the cage. Leaping to gain control of the airborne ball, Dunster caught it and in one fluid motion fired a shot of his own on his way back to earth, scoring the final Black and Gold tally.

"It's what I've said about Colin from the beginning of the year. He will let the game come to him, and when it does, he makes the right play," said Pressler. "Colin doesn't force the issue. He won't force things that are not there, and that's the best thing about Colin."

But despite a four-goal lead, the Bulldogs faced a locked-in penalty assessed to senior Rob Maiorano (Easton, Conn.) that gave the Pioneers an extra player for the remaining 62 seconds of the game. Sacred Heart leading scorer Mike Mawdsley scored 10 seconds later to make it 11-8, but Bryant would kill off the rest of the clock to make the score go final.

The Bulldogs won the ground ball game, 53-30, thanks to a game-best 11 from Massa, who also went 13 for 21 at the faceoff for a 61.9 winning percentage on the afternoon. Bryant caused 11 Sacred Heart turnovers, paced by four from junior defenseman Glenn Maiorano (Easton, Conn.), who also chipped in six ground balls in a strong performance.

The hosts outshot their visitors, 47-36, firing 14 shots in the opening and closing stanzas, while Bryant netminder Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.) continued his streak of double-digit save performances with 11 in the win. Hughes posted 14 saves despite the loss, including six in the final frame.

The Bulldogs have just three days until their next tilt, and it's poised to be one of the toughest tests of the season for the Black and Gold, as they travel to intrastate rival Brown Tuesday, April 3 (7:00 p.m.).

"Brown is one of those games just like the Providence College game a week ago," said Pressler. "We don't look at the past or to the future -- it's just about this game. This is an exciting local rivalry for us, and it's the second Tuesday in a row we'll be playing on the road. And even though it's only 10 miles away, these games with Brown the last three years have been battles, and we expect the same kind of battle again from the Bears Tuesday night on their home turf.

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2012-03-31



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