#10 Pfeiffer Pitches Q4 Shutout in Win over Dominican (CA)

“We battled hard, but once again our decision-making hurt us,” Webster said. “Low percentage passes and really unintelligent penalties make it hard to win, but I believe our young team is learning and improving from these tough losses and that should be our focus right now as we move on to the next one."

Offensively, the Penguins, led by Powers' six shots, outshot the Falcons 29-25 in the contest and Dylan Acevedo won 11 of the 14 face-offs. But Dominican couldn't take advantage of numerous man-up opportunities.

“To score only six goals and to go three of 10 on extra-man is unacceptable and that's on me as the coach to find better ways to generate higher quality shots,” Webster said.

Defensively, Dominican limited Pfeiffer's leading scorer James Shepherd (16 goals and 23 points in his first six games) to one goal and only three shots. Goalkeeper Sean Donahue had 13 saves for the Penguins, seven of them by the midway mark of the second period.

“Our defense played the way they're capable of, except for a few hiccups that we'll improve on, but they gave us a chance to win,” Webster said.

Playing for the second game without the injured Jake Bernstein, Dominican stunned the Falcons by jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first period, which has been Pfeiffer's most dominating quarter this season, seeing the Falcons had outscored their foes 23-5 in the opening period of their previous six games. Fritz, a sophomore, scored first then senior co-captain Evangelo struck with a man-up goal 38 seconds later at the 8:16 mark.

After the Penguins missed a number of scoring opportunities in the second period – a Cody Bernstein shot hit the post and the Dominican couldn't capitalize on a one-minute man-up situation – the Falcons came back and took the lead 4-2. The Penguins ended Pfeiffer's four answered goal streak late in half when a Powers' pass set by freshman Grant Clifford for a goal.

Powers tied the game at 4-4 just 39 seconds into the third period after Acevedo won his ninth face-off in 11 chances to start the second half. Dominican then regained the lead for the last time, 5-4 on Evangelho's second man-up goal of the game and Powers' second assist at the 11:39 mark of the third period.

Pfeiffer responded by re-grabbing the lead, but Fritz netted his second goal of the contest with 38 seconds remaining in the third period to send the game to the fourth period tied at 6-6.

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2013-03-09



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