Mount Saint Vincent Tops Emerson for Best Start Ever

Boston, Mass. Behind four goals each from Michael Puchalski (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Germain Ngaba (Bronx, N.Y.), Mount Saint Vincent matched the longest winning streak and best start in program history with a 17-6 road win at Emerson on Wednesday evening. Ngaba led everyone in the game with six points.

After scoring just once in the first quarter on Wednesday, Mount Saint Vincent broke the game open with seven of the eight tallies in the second stanza. Puchalski gave the Mount a 2-0 lead with his first of the game at the 11:48 mark of the second quarter before Adrian Go (Fair Lawn, N.J.) scored back-to-back goals to push the Mount's lead to 4-0.

Eric Colleran got the Lions on the board at the 4:12 mark before the Mount closed the period with four straight markers in the final 2:53 to take a commanding 8-1 lead into halftime. Puchalski scored twice in the final three minutes and three times in the quarter with Frank Maddaloni (Bronx, N.Y.) and John Petito (Staten Island, N.Y.) also adding goals.

Mount Saint Vincent scored the only three goals of the third period to open an 11-1 lead and then scored six more times in the final frame to secure the victory. Ngaba scored three of his four goals in the fourth quarter and added an assist for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins had seven different goal scorers in the game and 10 different players with a point. Ngaba tallied four times and assisted on two goals and also added eight groundballs. He closed out a strong game with 14 face-off wins for the Dolphins and a caused turnover.

Puchalski has scored at least three goals in all three of the Mount's games this season and leads the Mount with 11 goals on the season. He added a groundball and a caused turnover to his four goal performance.

Petito wrapped up the game with three goals and two helpers and Go chipped in with two goals and an assist. Maddaloni scored twice for the Mount and led the team with nine groundballs. Joe Esposito (Bethpage, N.Y.) picked up three groundballs and caused six turnovers in the victory.

The Dolphins used a trio of goalies in the game, with Kyle Kalibat (Oceanside, N.Y.) earning the win with eight saves. Ben Gashi (Bronx, N.Y.) finished with six stops for the Mount and Shane Piers (Bronx, N.Y.) made four saves in his first action of the season. Zoe Fisk made 27 saves for Emerson in the game.

For the game, Mount Saint Vincent finished with a 62-43 advantage in shots and a 44-24 edge in shots on goal. The Dolphins picked up 37 groundballs to 19 for the Lions and the Mount won 17 of the 27 face-offs taken.

Wednesday's win extends Mount Saint Vincent's season opening winning streak to three games and moves it to 3-0 on the season. The Dolphins will be back in action again on Saturday when they travel to Rosemont. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

2014-03-12



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