No. 19 Nazareth's Rally Falls a Goal Short vs. St. Lawrence

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nazareth's rally fell one goal short against St. Lawrence in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. The Saints held off the Golden Flyers 10-9 after thwarting a final scoring opportunity in the last minute of regulation. Seniors Chris Aycock and Collin Clark each had a shot go high of the Saints' goal during the final 27 seconds. As senior Trevar Haefele tried to collect the loose ball in front of the Saints' goal, he was whistled for a loose-ball push with only three seconds to play in regulation.

With the loss, the 19th-ranked Golden Flyers fall to 1-2 overall. With the victory, St. Lawrence improves to 2-0 overall.

After surrenduring the first five goals in the opening 11:47 of the contest, Nazareth outscored the Saints 4-1 in the second period to close its deficit to 6-4 at halftime. Aycock broke the Golden Flyers' scoring drought with a man-up score 5:40 into the second. Roughly 2:30 later, Haefele scored his first goal of the game on another man-up opportunity. Sophomore Luke Wooters assisted on both goals.

The Saints' Tommy Hovey interrupted Nazareth's scoring run with his second goal of the game, and he finished with a game-high four goals. Seven seconds after Hovey's goal, however, sophomore Troy Haefele answered for the Golden Flyers after receiving a pass from Wooters. The scoring chance was set up by the faceoff victory by junior Drew Simoneau, which started a fast-break. With 1:15 to play in the first half, Wooters tallied an unassisted goal to bring Nazareth to within two goals at the break.

In the second half, the Golden Flyers closed to one goal on two occasions, but were unable to tie the score. Aycock scored his second goal of the game about three minutes into the half, but it was sandwiched around two St. Lawrence goals. Wooters and Clark recorded consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to cut the Saints' advantage to 8-7. Wooters scored with 3:31 to play in the third quarter, and Clark found the back of the net 1:18 into the fourth quarter. St. Lawrence answered with a pair of scores in a span of 2:43 to reclaim a three-goal lead, 10-7, with 9:12 to play in regulation. Hovey's fourth goal was the eventual game-winner for the Saints. Junior Will Fallo and Clark scored on man-up chances to bring the Golden Flyers to within one goal, 10-9, with 6:38 to play in regulation. The Saints' Nick Ford made five saves in the fourth quarter to stymie Nazareth's rally.

Ford played 59:52 in goal for the Saints. He earned the victory with 12 saves and eight goals allowed. Andrew Butturini saw eight seconds of action in the St. Lawrence goal when Ford took an unnecessary roughness penalty in the fourth quarter. Clark's goal was only eight seconds into Ford's penalty while the Saints were already down a player for a hit to the head. Butturini allowed one goal in his short stint in net.

Sophomore Scott Brown started and played the first 11:47 in net for Nazareth. He was credited with one save and five goals against in the loss. Freshman Michael Cuciti played the final 48:13 in the Golden Flyers' goal and recorded five goals against and eight saves.

Simoneau finished with victories in 14-22 faceoffs, and he collected a game-high 12 ground balls. The Golden Flyers finished with a 33-28 advantage in total ground balls, and Nazareth recorded a 43-24 advantage in total shots.

The Golden Flyers travel to Cabrini to play against Bowdoin on March 12th. The Golden Flyers play against sixth-ranked Cabrini on the 15th.

2014-03-08



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