No. 12 Stevens Fends off Golden Flyers' Rally

The Ducks' potent attack struck again before the end of the period to reclaim the lead. Rich Dupras broke the tie, then Kevin Rose scored two man-up goals to extend it. Rose's second goal came with 1:05 to play in the quarter. Simoneau won the ensuing faceoff to give the Flyers the final possession of the half. Freshman Kyle Fanning converted the opportunity to bring Nazareth to within 8-6 at the break.

The second half also featured a Golden Flyers' rally before Stevens pulled away for good. Two minutes into the half, DeLone opened the scoring with Nazareth's fourth man-up goal of the game. Estes assisted on DeLone's goal. Wright added an unassisted goal two minutes later to tie the score, 8-8. DeLone scored his second goal of the game, which was unassisted, minutes later to provide Nazareth with its first lead since the first quarter.

The Golden Flyers' lead lasted exactly two minutes before Stevens had another three-goal outburst in a span of 3:35. Harry Dorne ignited the run, followed by a goal apiece by Philippi and Hofrichter. Before the end of the quarter, however, Nazareth struck again to cut the Ducks' lead to 11-10 going into the final period. The Flyers' possession started with less than 20 seconds to play when freshman Jerry Chasteen forced a turnover. Sophomore Jonathan VanOrden collected the loose ball and found Simoneau, who scored nine seconds before the end of the quarter.

Stevens scored two goals in the opening 5:23 of the quarter to extend its lead to three goals. Prior to the goals, the Ducks' Matthew Deiner made two critical saves in goal to maintain the lead. Rose tallied his third man-up goal with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation to give Stevens its decisive 13th goal.

Late in the period, Clark scored Nazareth's final two goals, spanning less than a minute, to try to ignite a comeback. Following Clark's second goal, Simoneau won the faceoff to give Nazareth possession but the Ducks' Brian Seldeen caused a turnover to end the Golden Flyers' threat.

Junior Tim Doyle played the first three quarters in net for Nazareth and amassed a game-high eight saves. Sophomore Rob Olin played in goal for the final 15 minutes. Deiner finished with seven saves to earn the victory for Stevens.

Stevens had a significant 55-28 advantage in total shots, including a 49-17 advantage through the first three quarters. The Ducks finished with a 29-28 edge in ground balls collected. Nazareth recorded an 18-12 advantage on faceoffs. Simoneau was 17-27 on faceoffs and collected a game-high 14 ground balls.

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2012-04-21



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